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Post-car accident lumbar pain

kassandrasspinekkassandrasspine Posts: 1
edited 05/06/2015 - 8:45 PM in Lower Back Pain
Wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and what process they went through :) Just need some stories from people who understand.

So on April 5th I was stopped at a yellow light and I suppose the guy behind me had been following too closely because shortly after I had stopped, he hit us at 40km/h (24.85miles/h). Immediately I had a headache and upper c spine pain and was brought to emerg. I had absolutely no back pain at the time. I had xrays and nothing was broken so they sent me home,

April 8th I woke up at 3am with excruciating back pain. It was specific to one spot on my spine and seemed to radiate outward and my muscles would not stop spasming. I was brought back into emerg and given oxycodone, cyclobenzaprine and ketorolac. They double checked my xrays on my c spine, did a cat scan of my c spine and an xray of my low back. Nothing showed up.

I was on muscle relaxants as needed for a month and anti-inflammatory. Discontinued the oxy since it knocked me out every day the first week after the accident haha.

I'm on naproxen and muscle relaxants as needed. The last month the pain has felt like it's been constant, but since my muscle pain is under control I seem to only have pain when I sit or stand. About once a week I'll have a day or two of terrible 8-9/10 pain and then back to a 5-6. A few days ago I was sitting in bed and I had a tingling down the back of my leg but I haven't had anything since. My legs feel much weaker than they did before the accident. Not to mention the concussion is still waning.

I have an MRI booked for June 9th so I have another month and a bit to wait until I know if there's anything I should be concerned about. However, my physio put me on a "traction" machine yesterday where it was stretching my back at 60lbs of force. I could barely elevate my legs myself and the traction just irritated my back even more!

Dont know if I should push for a CAT scan as well. I've had chronic knee pain for 2 years now after a workplace injury, so I'm used to dealing with the 5-6/10 level pain. It's the 8-9 pain that really disrupts my day and I can't be missing 2 days out of the week every week. I have a suspicion it's a disc problem but well I'm not a doctor haha..

Feel so down! Whats been your experience with traumatic lower back pain? Disc problems due to trauma? Just need some perspectives because I don't know what to expect the next year or so :/



  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    edited 05/06/2015 - 8:45 PM
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