cliff note of situation
- 26 years old
- got rear ended at red light 14 months ago
- went to ER, told you will be fine in 2 weeks
- never made a claim because I was in back seat, not my car, didnt know to make claim, dad told me not to be a cry baby and work and live life
- worked 2 jobs, acted normal, for 6-7 months while on the inside I was in so much pain and agony but I held it in
- 7 months ago I could not take it anymore told my dad forget you, quit my job, and went to a chiro for 2 months (no help)
- 13 months after accident contacted lawyer ( said too late to file claim )
- I went and got an MRI
- now physical therapy
Ive been going to physical therapy for a week and I was told I would be there for 4 months.
However the physical therapist said he is waiting on my health insurance for the back and neck brace and that according to the insurance they can only work on the cervical or lumbar at one time. So I'm not sure if its 4 months to fix everything or just the cervical or lumbar individually. I was told also not to workout or do any other exercises or lifting while doing physical therapy. There is no way to get the auto insurance involved so that they can just speed up the physical therapy? I also went to see an orthopedist who recommended epidural injections however the dr at physical therapy said I dont need injections and to give physical therapy a chance. Who should I listen to? I need to get rid of the pain and if the epidural injection will provide relieve then I really want to get the injection.
This is the plan for me to get better and fix my back, but I'm not sure how I'm supposed to manage for 4+ more months. My parents are leaving the country permanently in August, I have no other family or friends, I'm running out of money, and I cant work I cant produce an income for myself. Can I contact a disability lawyer or something? I mean what am I supposed to? I literally hate driving to PT or anywhere else because my neck locks up and I cant even look at my blindspot which is dangerous but what can I do... I cant cook food without having to take a break or pushing through the pain because Im starving, I cant study, I cant play sports I cant even go out, I cant even sit there and enjoy a movie. How the hell am I supposed to work and be normal when writing this email has taken me an hour because I cant just sit and type without pain. When I say I cant work or I cant drive or cook I mean that I functionally can do it but it takes such a giant effort, my back and nerves hurt more, and I just can't do basic things how I used to. I can't even sleep unless I pass out because laying down the pain is worse. I'm a young man with a athletic fit past and Ive dealt with pain, but this is on some other shit no exaggeration.
I know I should have made the claim right away, but on top of the other 50 reasons why I didn't I never thought it would get this bad and this painful. I'm sorry to email you again where it seems I'm just venting but I'm really confused on what I'm supposed to do and I cant believe the position Im in.
My MRI results said mild degenerative changes, very minimal spinal stenosis at L4-L5, small central disc protrusion and
at L4-l5 mild neural foreman narrowing mildly effacing existing L4 nerve roots.
I'm not sure if "very minimal" "very small" "mild" are supposed to reflect how Im supposed to feel. I always had a small fear of admitting how much pain I'm in because of stupid pride etc but at this point
I dont care if the words "very minimal small mild etc" appear because truth be told I'm in a constant 6/7 discomfort and then 40% of the time I'm literally at a 8.5/9.
Please let me know what I should do/can do. What my options are if any...
ty for your time