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So, my doctor has no idea what is wrong with me.

I was in a car accident in January 2012; rear-ended totaled my car. I didn't go to the doctor for about 2 months, because no one told me that if I hurt for more than 3 days that I should go to the doctor (I kept waiting for it to go away on its own).

If I sit for too long, I get a shooting pain in my spine area (a little to my right) from bottom scapula level to right above my hip, and I can feel my back tighten up. It also shoots down to my right knee (but not past). Same happens if I walk too long, stand too long, or lay down too long. I also have to rotate my hips and "pop" my back before I can go to sleep, and wake up multiple times a night to repeat the action.

She wanted to give me various "prescription strength" painkillers, steroids, etc...most of which I had to refuse since we're trying to have a baby. The medications I did take didn't help at all, so I was put in physical therapy for 2 months. Physical therapy made things worse - to where if I was walking at work it would suddenly feel like someone stabbed me in my lower back and I nearly fell. (Though they did tell me that my hip was out of alignment and fixed that). After the failure of PT, I had an MRI, which showed nothing abnormal. Next they did an injection in my SI joint, which actually made things MUCH worse for a week, before things going back to the way they were...maybe a hair better. Though now I get burning pains in my neck/shoulder and my right arm frequently goes numb if bent at 90 degrees or tighter for more than 5 minutes.

I'm coming up now on my year anniversary of the car accident, spent over $10k with no real results, and I can't do the job I went to school for because of this back pain. (Insurance won't pay for that part because they say I'm asking for "lost wages"...and of course no employer is going to say they let me go for my back injury...they covered themselves and let me go for some other reason.)


  • alexhurtingaalexhurting Posts: 1,991
    edited 12/03/2012 - 8:40 AM
    1 mri is not always enough to find the cause, There are many other tests and spine specialist should keep looking to find the cause, Spine complications are never a simple fix sadly as lot of us found out the hard way,

    Sometimes a person gets beter on there own and it takes a long time, If things get worse and not beter often surgery might help and sometimes it can make things worse, The risk is always there so they avoid surgery usualy untill they cant avoid it, Good luck, Hope you find some answers and find a way to manage the pain ,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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