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Car accident- rear ended - Spondylolisthesis

Started by crashphdchic on 07/30/2011 8:07pm

I have been looking for answers for 5 months. I was in a car accident and had MRI and X-rays done. My family doctor told me the MRI was normal and they found nothing and started PT. but later due to my pain level he felt an Ortho could give me injections to relieve the pain. Family doc thought it was Sciatica and may involve my hip and not my back. Went to Ortho and he told me it was surely my back and did ESI ( epidural steriod injections). I got some relief for a few weeks and then Ortho put me in PT and got worse and had another round of ESI. After a few weeks and exercise in my pool, I begain to be in severe pain. I have been told by all doctors that exercise will help. I have found that each time I try I get worse and worse. Went to Ortho in severe pain a few days ago and doctor asked that instead of reading MRI report, maybe I should bring in the films which I did. Ortho found that Xray showed Spondylolisthesis and my last vertabrae had shifted forward in the accident. I am now going for another MRI in a few days to see what can be done. If I had not pushed and pushed the doctors for 5 months, I am not sure where I would be. I have not been working as I do a physical job for a living and can not sit very long to drive company car and can not preform my duties at work. It has been a long 5 months on pain pills and not having anyone listen to me.Nervie pain is horrible. I have a hard time walking, can not sit for very long and can not sleep. My hips hurt, my back hurts and my legs hurt. They seem to get weaker and weaker as time goes on. I am hoping for some answers in a few days and hoping we can find some relief from the HELL I have been living in. I am very independent and it has been so hard for me to let others do things for me. I just moved into a new house and have had no time to enjoy it and can not get unpacking or setting up done. Just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want my life back

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MRI results : Disc bulging L3-L4 and Spondylolisthesis L5-S1
Told therapy to strengthen area and just live with it. WOW
The pain and the nerve pain in my hips is horrible. Sitting is just not an options. Can not sit for very long and have to lay down to get back pain to calm down.

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I know what u r going through well I had same problem L/4L5 n herinated disc for 21/2yrs so i was same as what u said but I was told that surgery was the only option and tired of the pain I got the surgery done on 5th of last month and I am much better.I think should get a second opinion caz its not possible to carry on with this condition.infact mine went from bad to worst in 1 yr time and last 3-4 months were worst I couldnt even stand for 15-20 mins, so dont delay it try n get it sorted good luck.

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I know what u r going through well I had same problem L/4L5 n herinated disc for 21/2yrs so i was same as what u said but I was told that surgery was the only option and tired of the pain I got the surgery done on 5th of last month and I am much better.I think should get a second opinion caz its not possible to carry on with this condition.infact mine went from bad to worst in 1 yr time and last 3-4 months were worst I couldnt even stand for 15-20 mins, so dont delay it try n get it sorted good luck.

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i too was rearended while stopped. Was hit at 65 miles an hour. I went to trauma center via ambulance and had the body MRI which they said showed nothing abnormal. Eighteen months earlier I had a 3 level fusion of the lumbar spine. Due to the debilitating pain and muscle spazms I went to my orthopedic surgeon a week later for another xray and "wallah" the injury was plain as day! L1 vertabre was crushed! I went through a year of hell trying to heal. I found out it is common for such injuries not to show up on the initial MRI due to swelling etc etc. So, what I am saying is that I believe you did injur your self seriously. Keep all you medical bills etc so you can get some money from the other insurance company when you are done treating. PS> I did not hire an attorny and received policy limits just from my documentation. The limits were substantial. Good luck.

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Have an appointment with a Neuro. I am hoping to get some help. Ortho did ESI ( epidural steriod injections and I guess this is all he can do. Ortho just throwing me back in the mix of not knowing. I have tried therapy and everytime end up in worse shape than I was. Not sure what that means, but ESI did not work for me and I am not a big pain pill person. Oh, Lord, I will take them when I can not stand it anymore, and sometimes that is for days, but try to stay away from them as much as possible. I am so tired of hurting and not being able to sit for long. The pain shooting down my legs and the pain in my butt is like a tooth ache is getting old, 5 long months after a car wreck. I miss work so bad. I do love my job and have been in same business for almost 25 years. I am sad at the fact I may never be the same and may not be able to keep my job. I am on STD and will need to file for LTD shortly. Not ready for that at all.

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I have went through this exact same thing. I am 30 years old with 4 kids. I am not able to do anything. I feel like I am wasting away daily and the drs do not care at all about how to manage my pain. These anti-inflammatory meds i have been on for 3 years is not touching it. I have tried telling them this. But the stiffness is called gelling. I can not sit down for more than 15 minutes without everything from the waist down tightening up on me. And my right hip is so bad that days go by with it being so hard to walk. I too want my life back. I hope that the drs figure out something to help you out asap. I do not think they realize just how bad this feels. And then after a while the pain becomes a mental thing, depressing, knowing youre not capable of having a somewhat happy life due to the pain involved. I just want to be one day pain free. And it sucks they wont do surgery until you lose control of your bladder or bowels.... guess we just get tossed to the side...
Best of Luck to you! *Jill

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