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25 yo female - 5 years post MVA

Hi all,

I have searched through these forms a lot and decided it was time to post my story. I was involved in an MVA in September 2012, at the age of 20. At the time, I was convinced my hip was broken (it wasn't) and had major whiplash that lasted a long time. I figured I was young and healthy so it wouldn't take long for me to recover. I began receiving massage therapy which was nice but not all that helpful. Within the past 5 years, I have also tried chiropractic treatments, physio, osteopathy, and completed a work conditioning program that consisted of 3 one hour sessions a week for 3 months. I have tried working out, yoga, and the opposite: resting, ice, heat. I also bought a TENS machine, purchased a lumbar support cushion for my chair at work, and many self-massage tools. 

All of this and 5 years later and my pain has exponentially increased. I am now 25 years old and am in constant pain pretty much all the time. My family doctor, for some reason, has told me that there is nothing wrong and just recently I demanded she refer me to a specialist. I went to see an orthopaedic surgeon who sent me for a CT scan. The CT scan showed herniated discs at L4/L5 as suspected and I had an MRI a couple of weeks ago. I will be going back to the orthopaedic surgeon on Sept. 20th to discuss results and options. I am thinking he will suggest surgery and I think I want to because I can't deal with this pain but it also seems really scary. I have had bad sciatica pain since the accident and recently it had become much, much worse. It goes all though my lower back, my hip, down my left leg, ankle and into the bottom of my foot. Just the other day, I began experiencing the same thing but in my right leg but way worse. This really frightened me and I was in tears the whole night due to pain (and a bit of worrying). 

It's really frustrating dealing with this pain all the time as I'm sure many of you can relate. I began a new job just a few weeks ago which I absolutely love and couldn't be happier with but I am in a chair the entire day. I am also looking for suggestions of really good chairs (that don't take up too much space) and maybe with heat as that seems to help. My boss suggested I work from home 2 days a week which will be helpful as well.

I feel like I have way more to say but that's all for now.





  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,265

    hello shannon!
    welcome to spine-health

    i am so sorry you have to go through this, so young and with a new job.

    while you are waiting on other members to reply, go to august surgery buddies and read. this is where members sign up that are having surgery, get advice and support from one anther. several members had the same surgery you will and you can read the before and after surgery comments.
    please click on the welcome link below to get you started on the forum.

    welcome to spine health

    take care and keep us posted.
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  • If it's advise you are looking for, I'm going to say you should look at platelet rich plasma injection, I was on my back 23 hours of the day 3 weeks ago, I had prp done August 15, and I'm back to work today! I was ready for surgery 3 weeks ago, but now, no way!

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  • Thank you, Sandra I will look into that board!

  • badbackjack, I've never heard of that before. Could you give me a little more detail of your experience? Thanks!

  • hi, Try the injection to determine if the disc is really the source of the problem. 

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  • What is placement rich plasma injections? Will that Help with a dehydrated or black disc? 

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,710

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it. If they return we can reopen the discussion.

    nicoleshayes  To get support and responses please create a new discussion


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Prp supposedly help with growth factor and reduce inflammation. Whereas steroid only help reduce inflammation. I tried prp and didn’t work for me.

  • A doctor in my town charges $500 for PRP.

    He said you need to get it in exactly the right spot for it to work.

    He said he could charge $1000 but he’d rather charge a lower price and have more patients try PRP so he can do it more often and get better at doing it.

  • before my prp injection I did a mri on my lower back in sitting position. One disc sticking out 3mm and another disc 2mm. Many doctors including spine and pain management said the disc is not pushing on the nerve. Based on my symptoms(lower back sciatica both leg) They suggest I do injection on my lower back. I listen to my doctor even though I have feeling that the injection is not going to help. 

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