So back in January, I was in a pretty bad car wreck. The car flipped and landed on the hood in like 3 feet of water and I was knocked unconscious. We got out fine, but I was completely out of it and had some lacerations, so I was carted off to the hospital in an ambulance. I noticed I had some mild back pain that I didn't have before and so they did CAT scans in the ER. They never mentioned anything about it to me, so I assumed everything was fine. I also had a pretty bad hand injury (thankfully it was just a gross flesh wound) and at the time I was more concerned about my hand than my back.
So as time's gone on, my back pain has increased significantly. It's always been in my lower back on the left side, but I didn't think of it being as a result of the wreck until it started getting worse about 2 1/2 months ago. Now the pain will radiate into my left hip and down into my leg sometimes without even doing anything. Sometimes my whole leg tingles when I stand up. The pain gets MUCH worse when I'm PMSing, to the point where I can barely get out of bed. I used to be extremely flexible, but now I can't even bend over. I have to squat to pick anything up.
So I had a visit to an orthopedic specialist yesterday (5/20). I wasn't able to see the doctor, but I was able to see his physician's assistant. They did x-rays and found that I have mild scoliosis in my lower back that curves more to the left. She told me that the wreck combined with the scoliosis I already had was most likely causing my pain. She referred me to physical therapy 3x a week for 6-8 weeks (thank god my boyfriend's car insurance is paying for this).
I just turned 19 a few weeks ago and I feel like an old lady. I've never had any back problems in my life until the wreck happened. Anyone else been in a similar situation? Any advice?