I have sero-negative arthritis (autoimmune condition). about 6 years ago I hurt my tailbone and the pain was severe. I had an x-ray and it showed arthritis at L5. The pain lasted about 4-5 months and then I went back to normal. 3 years later the pain returned but not as bad and this x-ray showed nothing (no arthritis).
I was in an MVA accident in June of this year. Immediately my back was very bad with pain going down my legs and weakness in my legs. I was sent to physio for that and other issues (whiplash and sprained ankle). I found the exercises they wanted me to do for my back hurt too much so I didn't do them and told them that. I also told them I had pre-existing arthritis. The physiotherapist said that they would bring me back to my pre-accident condition. Prior to the accident I had some pain but not too bad. I finished the course of physio and even though I said my back still hurt he told me I was healed from the accident injuries.
The insurance made me an offer and it was ridiculously low considering the amount of pain I am in. I went to my doctor and he had an x-ray taken. It showed moderate degenerate disc disease with minor anterolisthesis at L4-5.
So I went from no arthritis on x-ray 3 years ago and moderate degenerate disc disease with minor anterolisthesis today. I think that is very quick.
1. How fast does a diagnosis such as mine show up normally?
2. I think the accident aggravated my minor arthritis and brought it to this serious state. Has anyone else had this happen from a car accident?
3. Has anyone used a lawyer to fight the insurance company? Were you successful?
Thanks in advance for any advice or information you may give me?
Sorry for the length of this post.