Any Advice Appreciated
Hi Everyone, WOW this group is awesome! I am new to this whole thing, and have no experience, so any advice is truly appreciated. My boyfriend and I were run off the interstate by a semi back in January. We rolled the car going 60 MPH, and ended upside down. (Ironically I was on my way to my first physical therapy session from another accident where a drunk driver hit me about 5 years ago). I have a bulging disc at L5-S1 which is pressing on my sciatic nerve causing pain down my right leg. Now with this new accident, I have bulging discs at T12-L1, L1-2, L4-5. At C3-4 there is a small transverse annular tear anteriorly. There is mild bilateral uncinate process hypertrophy and -raminal enroachment. (Sorry, the MRI readout isn't clear) At C5-6 there is a 6-mm right/left, 3 mm anterior-posterior right paracentral protrusion which causes effacement of the right anterior subarachnoid space and is in contact with the right C6 root. At the C6-7 level there is a central to left disc protrusion which is shallow, 2 to 3 MM. It measures 6mm right/left. It impinges on the left C7 root. I am undergoing ultrasound and emg treatments for pain, and the doc is talking about doing an epidural if I don't improve. I have also had cervical traction treatments. I really like my doctor, so far he has been very good. I know everyone responds differently to injuries and therapies, and I was wondering if anyone here has had any of these injuries, and if so, what has been the outcome? Has anyone with these injuries been abble to qualify for SSI/disability? What medications have helped? I am currently taking ultram for pain, however it makes me dizzy so I can't drive. I am also diabetic, and have arthritis in my back too, if that makes any difference to anyone. I am 37 years old. So far I am just trying to educate myself the best I can about this whole thing. Thanks in advance for any advice/help anyone can give. I don't have health insurance, so it's been stressful trying to be my own advocate. You guys are great...thanks!