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suffering from 2 car accidents
Hello everyone. I am new to this message board and am excited to get some support and input. I am annoyed by my pain and with docs. Tomorrow will mark 1 year since my first accident. I was driving home from work at 55 MPH and someone ran a stop sign and hit me in the driver's side door. I was severly injured and the car was totalled. This turned my life upside down. From this accident, I had (MRI:)C4-C5 paracentral & lateral spur/disc complex compressing left c5 root, C5-C6 bulging disc, C6-C7 compression C7 root, . (EMG:)Nerve damage at C6-C7 nerve roots & carpal tunnel (from gripping the steering wheel so tight), diagnosed as a 'double crush syndrome'. I treated with a chiropractor (massage, decompression therapy, adjustments). I haven't had usage of my left hand in a year. It stays numb and weak. Four months later, I was driving on a highway and was hit from behind by someone switching lanes and it pushed me into the median. From this accident, I have a displaced rib, low back pain, and leg problems. I had X-rays after the accident and got chiropractic treatment. My low back pain has become considerably worse. I have horrible pains in my legs, cramping, numbness, weakness, a painful knee that swells from time to time, and an ankle that does the same. I hurt from my hip to my foot (left side). After 1 year of trying the 'natural approach', I am in desperate need of pain meds. I stretched out the meds given to me after each accident to only take them during my most painful nights. I haven't had a good night sleep in a year. The chiropractor just sent me to a specialist. EMG showed no permanent nerve damage in legs. MRI was not completely clear because apparently my muscle spasms during it caused too much movement. It appears that I have L5-S1 disc protrusion effacing the left S1 nerve root. It also looks like I have a lumbar fracture that was not caught on the X-rays right after my accident. I guess they need to look further into the fracture with a CT or bone scan. The doc wants to wait until all of my tests are clear until he gives me anything for pain. Meanwhile, I am miserable. Seems like this keeps going on and on and on..... Also, I have anxiety when driving and some depression from the pain and the impact these accidents have on my life. I have an appointment to see someone for those problems too. Has anyone else had problems with Doctors being slow to catch onto things and take action?