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New to the pars defect journey

Hey all! 

I had gotten into a car accident June 14, t boned right in the driver's side door, i was the driver. It was a Thursday but by Tuesday I was in some serious pain in my lower back! It's achy all the time, hurts to drive and goes down my legs. A little tingly in my feet. Tight feeling but then sharp like lightening depending on what I'm doing. If I do anything active, I pay for it. Haha

Did some x rays and found an L4 bilateral pars defect. So I'm like wow okay what is this?! Doctor put me on some pain meds, ordered some PT, and an appointment with spine specialist.

He ordered more x rays, some flexion and extension. Minimal anterothelosis was found L4 over L5.

I just got back from seeing the spine doctor today. He wasn't sold on my pain being from the fracture but possibly muscular. Now when I think of any back history, I realize I actually do have back pain history! In 2014 after my third child was born, a few weeks after I had sever pain in my low back! I couldn't stand straight, but blew it off. Then this past memorial day weekend i played volleyball for hours! I was bed ridden for two days. I've been active, boxing and sports and just get pain sometimes but I always blow it off.

So i have to do 4 more weeks of PT before they order an MRI. 

I don't know what to expect or what to do. Is this serious or just something the doctors are going to blow off?

I'm new to this world of actually having some sort of issue. I am 29 and have 3 small children under the age of 7. I just finished school for my EMT licence and don't know if this will stop me from proceeding?

Thanks in advance!

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