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Back/Neck pain
An_247354 posted:
I have back/neck pain as a result of a car accident a few months ago. While at physical therapy the therapist indicated pain due to. Certain disc in my lower back as part of my pain. After being sent to a spine doctor to get results of an MRI, I was told the test was clear and was instructed to stop using pain medication and return to work (off since accident and workers comp) I returned and experience pain all day, into the night and oftentimes wake up due to pain. A big frustration is the spine doctor had already made up his mind from the MRI "written report" from a facility chosen by the insurance company. The doctor had already informed the work comp rep that the MRI was clear and I a would be released, before I even had an appointment with him. I was asked to ring the images, which was on CD, the spine doctor did not even look at the images and indicated he could not open the disc. I do not find comfort in sitting and I find laying back on ice relieves some of the pressure. I am losing pay when I leave early, unless I get sent home by a work comp doctor. After reading this forum, I understand that MRI's are not neccesarily the end all be all in a diagnosis or explanation of pain.
davedsel57 responded:

Was the car accident while you were driving for work? Is that why workman's compensation is involved?

Your best course of action would be to hire an attorney that specializes in wc cases asap. They will help you get the treatment you need. You need another MRI and opinion from a different, objective spine specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. While MRI's may not show it all, they are the best diagnostic tool available.

I pray you can get the treatment and relief you need soon.
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trs1960 responded:
By US federal law you have a right to your medical records. If its worker's comp You have so many day to reopen the case. 5o% of people with severe back pain or asymptomaic, that is nothing shows up on an Xray or MRI. Such tools are not perfect pictures into your spine.

If I had to I'd go to my GP and an attorny.

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