Back in 2001, I had a workers comp injury. I tore L4-5 disc. They did a fusion at that level. I spent the next couple years managing the pain and going through rehab. Finally, settled my case around 2006, but kept the pallitive care. I went back to college and graduated with Masters in special education. During my teaching career, I have been relatively pain free. In August 2017, I took a position in a preschool special ed classroom. I am picking up kids and sitting on the foor. Gradually, the back pain came back but I was able to survive. By Wednesday of every week, my back and hip would leave me in pain. I spent the weekend to rest and recover. Only to go back on Monday start over again.
About two weeks ago, a student dropped her weight causing a sharp pain in my back. This set off a round of severe back and leg pain, not to mention nerve symptoms. I had to file workers comp. Their Dr gave me muscle relaxers, antiinflammatories, and PT. Something didn't feel right, so I went to my family dr today. She agreed and ordered an MRI. Also gave me a shot of steroids and tordol. Sent me home with pain meds, PT and referral to a spine specialist.
The Dr said that the problems are coming at the L5-S1 level. This freaks me out as it is the level below my fusion. If this is torn or herniated, what are my options to treat it beside another fusion.?