Please try to excuse my grammatical errors and my lengthy write up here. I joined this forum some months back and have been trying to asked for help regarding my MRI diagnosis and suggestions on what type of treatment to have or not to have, but I never got round it. Event of recent relating to the threats to my work prompt me to write you all. Please read my story below and please send me your suggestions and advice however short it might be. I appreciates you all.
I am 48 years going to 49 married with children. I worked in NHS for 10 years plus now, not as an health worker. My job involved helping patient and staff escalating aggression, securing life and properties and helping nursing staff to control agitated patient in the wards and all other areas including the A&E. I received various training including manual handling.
During my 10 years, I have suffered injuries like head butting, swollen ankles and all sorts of small pains and discomforts from patients and visitors alike but did not take time off as I am proud of my clean attendance records.
Recently, I picked up a back pain while helping nursing staff to put a patient back to bed. I felt a sharp pain at my lower back that immediately caused me to withdraw from the helping the patient. Initially, I tried to ignore it thinking it will go, but hours later, I have been feeling numbness to my right feet through my right buttock and on my way home, I noticed that I have started limping on the right foot. I managed to get home with reduced mobility thinking that a dose of paracetamol and hot bath will help but thie pains continue that I have to call for an emergency leave for the rest of my shift. Today, it is now 10 months since I have been away from work. I am on minimum wages. My wages have gone down before the half pay gone in last June. I am not particular about wages, but my health. I have been sent for MRI when the pain refused to go away. Part of the result indicated:
Clinical indication: Lumbar Spine Pain with...
There is desiccation of the lumbar discs.
L4-L5 disc reveals posterior protrusion and a generalised bulge with annular fissuring indenting the traversing L5 nerve roots minimally indenting neural foramina with facetal changes e.t.c.
My life have been changed since this pain set in. I can't sleep at night and some days I can't sleep too. Sometimes, I don't even remember when did I sleep last, though I occasional dose off, but not long enough to count as sleep. My blood pressure have gone very high 165/110 and have been on HBP medicine. I can't stand or walk for long, but find it a bit relieving lying down. I find that exercising a little caused me so much discomfort. My memory had gone as I hardly remember things. I used to have good memory but now, my brain is all over the place. I have not experienced this before.
My doctor started with cocodamol 8/500mg and Ibuprofen 400mg three times a day and have graduated to being given oral morphine at A&E. Amithypline from 10mg now on 50mg. Cocodamol increased from 8/500 now to 30/500 three times daily, I have also been put on Gapapentine 300 mg three times daily increased now to 600mg three times daily, Tramadol and Diazapam have been added.
Side effects- I am suffering many side effect to much to write, but I think I masked the pains minimally while the effect last in my blood. The one that is most difficult for me is when it feels that my head is turning or I am falling into a deep hole even though I am lying on the bed.
I tried in January to go back to work on two occasions, but ended up in my workplace A&E and was discharged home from work after administering oral morphine. The MRI report last February, recommended that I must see a specialist. I was refers to the occupational therapist at work by my manager in March. The occupational therapist wrote to inform my manager that I am not fit for work. I was told not to go back to work anymore until I have been seen at the specialist surgeon. This was in a different hospital. The referral was made last April where I was told that I have a minimum of 6 months waiting time. At a point in July, I have to write to that hospital Patient Advisory Liaison office PALS after numerous calls chasing the appointment and pressure from work. I eventually got a date in October to look forward to. Unfortunately, I did have serious pain overnight that I have to increased one of my medication as directed. I could not be woken up in time by my family the next day that I was late for the appointment and was discharged according to the hospital policy despite the fact that I was on the phone explaining my problem and the reason for the lateness throughout my journey to the hospital as I still attended on that day. I started having panic attacks on my way home that I was driven straight to my GP surgery. I was seen and a letter was faxed to the hospital to arrange to see me. Now I got another date through the post to be 20 November, 2015.
My manager already put me on stage 1 sickness review at work in a meeting that I struggled to attend last June. He had written to me to attend stage 2 sickness review meeting this week. After stage 2, the NHS Trust that I worked for can decided to sack me. I have requested that my manager wait till after my 20th November appointment, but said that he had a meeting with our Human Resources and that they concluded that the date is too far ahead and that he will have to continue to have the meeting on phone with me at home with my Union Representative (Unite) present with them at work while the Human Resources officer in attendance. My Union Representative replied to the email that he is not available for the date and time my manager picked but he (my manager) did not reply to his message.
I will like your help and advice on this issue as I don't want to loose my job, but I cannot go to work now.
1. I will need urgent advice relating to work as described above
2. I need help to deal with my medical appointment coming up 20 November in terms of what to expect and what to discussed with the surgeon, or what questions to ask
3. What best to do in terms of the MRI report as all is pointing towards operation but some are saying too that they wish they did not had their operation in the first place?
Many thanks to you all and sorry to have taken your time.