I was in a car accident a year ago this Sunday. At first they told me my left lower ribs were just badly bruised and maybe cracked. Over time they actually seem to hurt worse and a lump formed over the bottom of them and they are slightly higher compared to the right side. After complaining enough 4 weeks ago my doctor finally ordered an MRI. The discovered I have a buldged disc in my lower back. They told me this is whats also causing the problems with my ribs. Im in constant pain 24/7 some days worse than others. The only way I sleep in on a heating pad. Sleeping on my stomach is out of the question and same with sleeping on my sides...I have to sleep on my back. Im about to start seeing a pain management doctor on Tuesday. I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with something similar to this. Does it ever get fixed and go away? Im only 24 and a new nurse and hate to start my career out with back pain.