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car accident and sciatica

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
okay... long story, try to make it short. I was in three car accidents. The first in Oct 2005. After the first car accident I reported a sore lower back and numbness to my leg - immediately. I have had progressively worsening of symptoms after every car accident since. Have been on gabapentin and lyrica along with numerous narcotics off and on since. I am now in settlement talks with the insurance company and have read over doctors reports. Which appear to be merciless. MRI shows slight disc bulge at L5 not pressing on nerve, and disc bulge at L4 showing nerve pressure. Yet all doctors reports state that they think this happened naturally and not due to car accidents? There is a huge fight because I never had this pain before, and had reported it immediately after the first accident with subsiquent worsening after each of the next two accidents. I am being called a baby! basically, they are saying I am playing it up, and that I probably had it before and didn't say anything? I don't know what to think? But I do know the pain is REAL and something needs to be done? I have done a combined 6 months of physio to no avail! I am at my whits end, and must say am wounded by the obnoctious reports? Is there any proof that car accidents can cause such sciatic damage? Has anyone else had this experience? how did it come to end? Is surgery really the only option?

thanks in advance for your time
Lara
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  • It seems you've been through so much. I hope you get more than one opinion from another surgeon to decide if surgery is right for you. I hope things work out for you and it gets easier. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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