My name is Leah Bowen and I am an 35 year old, full-time BSW college student. On April 8, 2014 I was seen at xxxx for severe lower back pain and injury. The injury occurred the day before. It was raining outside the Capitol building, and so I hustled across the street. The water was flush with the sidewalk, and I couldn't see where I was stepping. I slipped and immediately heard a "pop" in my lower back. I wasn't able to walk without help. The next morning, I awoke to find my body veering to the right when I stood straight up. I wasn't able to walk; the back of my legs went numb; my lower back, all the way to my shoulders was numb and on "fire." I couldn't sit or lie down. I had extreme difficulty urinating, and any "pushing" caused shooting pain down to my buttocks. The ER treated me with I.V. and oxygen therapy and I had an x-ray. I was asked to rate my pain (from a scale 1 to 10), and I said, "The pain feels like I am giving birth naturally at 10 centimeters." Two hours later, I was discharged with Vicodin, Valium, and Medrol Dosepak. It's April 14th today, and I cannot walk properly. It feels at any moment that my back will give out. I've been doing ice and heat therapy, as well as some very mild stretching. I am so upset that the pain is still unbearable, and quite frankly, I don't know what to do or who to see. Please, can someone help direct me to proper care and treatment.
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