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    Old 03-11-2015, 07:28 AM   #1
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    Leg numbness, post Car accident.

    I was in a pretty bad accident about two weeks ago, on 2/20/2015, it was head on. The other driver apparently fell asleep behind the wheel, crossed over the double yellow lines, it was a two lane road, and hit me head on. Immediately afterwards, before the cops arrived my boyfriend opened my door for me, because I wasn't able to open it. *I was the driver* And I was able to walk over to the sidewalk where there was a bench and I sat down. I then noticed pains in both my knee and my left collarbone, from where my right knee hit the dash and the seatbelt. Once the emergency vehicles arrived on scene my boyfriend, myself and the other driver were taken to the ER. On the way there I really noticed that my low back on the left side, hips, and neck where hurting, really badly. When I got to the ER they had me walking, because I walked on scene, and ordered X-rays on my right knee, hips, back, and chest. When nothing came up they sent me home with 800mg of motrin. Once I was home moving was unbearable. My low back was hurting so bad, but my knee had gone numb. So when I went to my primary he ordered PT on my back and that's it. He also sent me home with Lorzone 750 mg. Since then my back pain is unbearable. I work at a bank where I am sitting all day, and sitting hurts, but standing hurts too because of my knee. And since monday I have noticed that my left leg has pins and needles running all up and down it. My back is killing me and my orthopedist is taking his sweet time getting his notes to my insurance so they can approve an MRI. I just don't know what to do. I am in pain and the meds that I already have aren't helping at all. I'm 22 years old and my back should not feel like this. I had previous back issues before but I haven't had pain for almost two years until this accident. But the numbness in the leg is really starting to freak me out. I have never felt anything like this and my PT says its "normal" for anything post accident related. I just need help.

     
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    Old 03-11-2015, 08:33 AM   #2
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    Re: Leg numbness, post Car accident.

    I really need advice/help.

     
    Old 03-11-2015, 09:41 AM   #3
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    Re: Leg numbness, post Car accident.

    Hi and welcome to the board. I am not sure how to help you other than to let you know that I am so sorry you went through this. It is a lesson learned now, that you should always wait for the emergency personnel, unless your life is in danger if you stay in the car. I hope you never have this happen to you again, but if you do-STAY PUT.
    In my own experience the pain AFTER the wreck was always worse than the day of. By the time your muscles start to loosen up and react to what happened, you are just a mess, right?
    Lorzone, from what I understand, is given more as a muscle relaxer than a pain killer. How often are you taking it? Do you think you could call your ortho and ask them to call in something a little stronger for pain? You might have to go pick it up at their office.
    I truly hope you get the MRI soon. Have you called the insurance company? I have in the past when I needed something done quickly. I got a name and direct line of someone I could give my doctor from the insurance company and it always sped things up.
    The pins and needles can be from your spine pressing up against a nerve back there, or from muscles swelling and pressing on nerves-and your PT person is somewhat correct-this can happen as a result of a trauma like you had.
    This is going to sound weird, but is there anywhere in the bank where you can lie flat on your back for 10 minutes or so? Don't go getting locked in the vault :P It will help give your spine a break. Also, ice the area. NO HEAT. Just ice. It really does help. 20 minutes on, and hour off, 20 minutes on, hour off and so on.
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    Old 03-11-2015, 10:47 AM   #4
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    Re: Leg numbness, post Car accident.

    Looking back I not realize I should have stayed put. But another problem with pain medication is that I am a recovering drug addict. I was told to take the Lorzone three times a day, which I have been. But Any stronger pain medicine is kind of like a no go for me. And yes, I have called the insurance company and they are waiting on the notes from the ortho. And he is taking his time and I have called everyday to get him to make a move on it.
    I just wish that I wasn't in so much pain, and it feels like no one is believing me. At work people see that I am no longer bruised and they say I am fine, when I am not. I wish I had the time to lay down at work. I work at the headquaters of my bank so it is always busy. I don't know, I'm in a lot of pain, and I don't want to take narcotics because I am an addict, but I am also really tired of being in pain 24/7. Im not sleeping because I hurt so much and it feels like the doctors aren't taking any of this seriously at all. Just because my car did what it was supposed to do in an accident, I didn't get seriously injured, but I did get hurt and none of it was my fault and now I am paying for it in pain and financially.

     
    Old 03-11-2015, 03:24 PM   #5
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    Re: Leg numbness, post Car accident.

    Often there is an insurance provision to not close the case for a while to see what injuries may come up. It may be worth contacting a personal injury attorney about if the other party was clearly at fault.

    The Lorzone you are taking is for muscle spasms/cramps which may be part of the issue but it sounds like you have nerve pain as well. The Lorzone will do very little to address that. There are many (non-narcotic) medicines that have been shown to help with nerve pain such as Neurontin, Lyrica and others. Narcotics like oxycodone are not the best at helping nerve pain. Perhaps you could discuss this with your GP or ortho, whichever is easier to see.

    Finally, if I go in to my surgeon, I can get an MRI approved while I wait, no problem. I don't know why it would take multiple days. Can you see a different spine specialist? Perhaps a discussion with your GP could yield an MRI as well. You should really have one to see what you are dealing with in your spine.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on...

     
    Old 03-12-2015, 07:11 AM   #6
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    Re: Leg numbness, post Car accident.

    It is going through my car insurance, and I already have an attorney. The police report shows that it was 100% NOT my fault. But my attorney says I wont have a case unless any of my injuries show "permanent" damage. And I finally got on the phone with the ortho and told them about the numbness/pins and needles, so now he is sending his notes to the insurance.

    I am just hoping that by the end of next week I will have some sort of clue as to what is going on. I can't continue dealing with this pain...

     
    Old 04-07-2015, 02:48 PM   #7
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    Re: Leg numbness, post Car accident.

    I am from New York so the rules may be different. WIth no fault all of the bills go through the car insurance of the vehicle you were in. Yes, the pain is much worse 24-48 hours after an accident. From past experience after a month without improvement an MRI is ordered. Keep a diary of your symptoms and what you have taken to try and allievate the pain to no avail. At times I take 3 gel Advil and that helps for a time period. Not true about damage from an accident. Good luck with the MRI

     
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