I'm 27 years old. I hadn't had any problems with my back until 7 months ago. I was in a car accident, I'm in the uk so was driving at the speed limit at 70mph on the motorway. However another guy came into my lane running me off the road. The front end of my car hit a barrier and then spun across three lanes which then the back of my car hit the central reservation barrier. Nevertheless the driver didn't stop and drove off.
Since then i haven't been able to work. I have pain in my lower back and the middle of my back. Im now constantly seeing my doctor. I've had 5 months of physiotherapy to no avail. Even decided to do aqua aerobics to help try ease the pain and sometimes it works for a short time others it just flares up, tried exercising and stretching but it doesn't work. A couple of days after the accident I started to have some severe leg pain and my dr said this will be sciatica and should clear in 6 weeks. Again that hasn't subsided and I'm in the same position as I was when I had the accident.
Finally I had my Mri scan yesterday as my employer decided to pay privately since it was taking too long for my doctor to arrange and sort themselves. In the meantime my leg gives way and have injured myself because of this 3 times. I have a burning sensation down it, muscle spasms, my physiotherapist said it's extremely weaker than my left leg also. I work on a computer in an office doing awkward shifts, so sitting for the period of time I have to doesn't help the matter just makes it worse. I did try to see if I could try lighter duties, however it just aggravated it so much more so within a day I was signed back off from my dr.
Is there any other suggestions to help ease this?
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