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    Hello I do not know if I belong here, but I am hoping someone can offer some insight.

    Two years ago I was visiting a local small store, it was raining and i was wearing flip flops. Their back steps, which consist of about five steps, had no tread and were old and warped. The steps themselves were painted shiny green and pointed out and down causing a slippery surface. My foot hit the top step and wiped me out to the ground. I got up, embarrassed although hurt, and went to my car. Within a half hour my spine was swollen to the point where it stuck out against my shirt and i could no longer stand or lay. I had a scrape from point of impact all the way to my butt which was purple and bruised.
    My mother drove me to the hospital where xrays were performed, but as soon as they heard that I lacked insurance I became their least cared for patient.
    I explained that I was feeling slight numbness and tingling, I couldn't lift anything and could not stand up unless forced and held into a standing position.
    The doctor said my xrays were fine, I bruised my spinal cord and that because I work at a daycare I was to be off of work for a day.
    I was off of work for a week and was in more pain but was told to see my doctor, not return to the er unless I could no longer move. I went to see my family physician who said I had an issue and was in the middle of telling me that he was giving me meds for inflammation when I asked if I could get on the $4 deal -he then said something about me not being insured along with "oh you don't need a working excuse, return to.your duties. the more activity the less swelling" even though I could not stand up straight for almost four weeks, I could not lift anything, squat, or lay on my back because it hurt and was swollen.

    I probably should have sought more help, but being uninsured I really couldn't afford it and felt the er was correct in their diagnosis.
    Sadly this past march I was walking home from work when I felt this horrible sensation in my back, it lasted into the next day then progressed into more pain and the loss of being able to band again or twist. I went to a chiropractor who took xrays and and came in showing me I had completely broke t1 and t2 in half..but because they didn't separate I was lucky. He stressed it was a significant injury and that I would have problems forever. Because of this injury my spine (from t1 and up) had twisted to the left while the remainder was sitting normally. He gave me exercises and I've been returning, but I am having issues again and my spine keeps twisting to the left again causing me pain.

    I have not been given any options on what to do to help me be pain free, and I do not know what else to do. I am still uninsured sadly and do not qualify for any type of help..but I do not want to live in pain. Can anyone offer insight?

    Lawyer and see if you can sue.. Is a option and if so make sure you go to a spinalcord specialist to give you the best treatment to your injury. There are people here who can better assist you. Hope all goes well for you...
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      Hi & thank you both.

      Papito1, I did end up suing the store..but only for my medical bill which was pretty outrageous. I already signed the papers, so the only thing I could possibly sue now would be the hospital for not finding this injury.

      Smashms, sadly I do not qualify for medicaid and the others I managed to look into say that I do not qualify as well because A) I am not disabled (mentally or physically) & B) I do not have children. Now our hospital offers a program for low income families, but once again I do not have children and being only 24 I do not qualify for much. I tried looking into my own private insurance, but they are all so expensive and I do not make more than minimum wage (plus only about 25 hours a week).
      The hospital will not refuse to treat me, they are just morons about everything. For example, my sister miscarried a baby last July. She went to a doctor for a procedure which didn't end up removing the tissue at all -in the end she developed an infection and was in so much pain she went to the ER thinking something bad was happening. The doctor she seen went outside her room and stated for all of the nurses to hear (and my own mother and sister) that she was here for medication only, to treat it like an addict -yet my sisters last ER visit was three years prior for bloodclot in her leg. They do not refuse treatment at all, they just make you not want to be there if you get my drift. My healed breaks will show, but nothing else I am sure because thats all that came up on the xray this year. I will see what I can apply for, or even try to pay out of pocket and visit a specialist that will not be biased upon my insurance status. Sometimes I wish the world was different, it sucks not being able to afford much. If there is any other program that anyone knows about I would be more than happy to check it out. My dad did this kind of stuff, but he passed away four years ago and I am clueless.

      Thank you both for helping me. I appreciate it greatly.