I'm 21, female and I was in a car accident in October 2010 and prior to this had no problems with my back at all.
I was a passenger in the car and we were hit on the front passenger side so i took most of the impact, it was treated as a head on collision and the car was a write off. I was taken to hospital by ambulance as i had sever abdominal pain. Although i had a sore back (it didnt hurt as much as my abdomen at the time) it was put down to whiplash and i was not x-rayed. I began Osteopathy from November 2010 which did soothe the burning pains i was getting frequently and i was put on Diclofenic 3 times daily to help.
It really restricted what i could do for eg if i wanted to go clubbing on a Saturday night i ran the risk of being in agony by sunday/monday. If i was due to work Monday then i couldn't really chance being off, so everything had to be planned that i wouldn't affect my work.
January 2011 i was sent to a consultant by the insurance company from the crash to be reviewed. He said he felt after 6 months of physio i would have made a full recovery (wish he had been right!). I was then sent home, stopped the osteopathy and started physio instead which i found good at first but in the long run not much help at all.
In April 2011 (i'm still unsure of how i triggered this) my shoulders went into an agonising spasm. I saw my doctor who put me on diazepam (HORRIBLE!!!) and reffered me to the nuffield hospital. I was X-Rayed (which they never did the night of the crash - my doctor was not happy about this) and saw a consultant. We then found out i had Idiopathic Congenital Scoliosis (sorry if i've got that name slightly wrong, i hope you know what i mean). I weas told that i had developed the curve as a teenager but it would never have caused problems which is why i didn't know i had it. However in the crash a twisting force had been applied to my neck which it what was causing the pain now. I'm not 100% sure of the angles of the curve but i'm basicaly in an S shape.
He also reffered me to have physio which we told him so far had been unsuccessful. He recommended giving it some time and seeing how i go, he told me what to be careful of for triggering it etc etc. He said that my curve was very promanent but however was just borderline of surgery so we would see how i go.
In September 2011 my back went into spasm AGAIN which i think was done by pulling the filing cabinet open at work on an awqkward angle. I was put on dhydrocodiene which made me very sick, then diasepan again for 4 days and then tramadole. From what i can gather i pretty much slept for 2 weeks.
I am lucky that my work are so understanding about what happened as it worrys me that with too much time off i would run the risk of losing my job.
Unfortunately in March 2012 i thought i'd try to defeat my problem and give zumba a go (i had joined weight watchers in November 2011 and have now lost a stone and half ) i had to give up the gym as i couldn't do anything there without being in agony the next day since the crash. The zumba was a bad bad idea and i ended up back on diazepan.
I had to see another consultant in March also who actually made some sense. He was not happy at all with how my spine was progressing and wanted me to have more xrays done asap as it's now a year down the line and it's worse than ever and preventing me from doing lots of things which i find upsets me and hits me like a tonne of bricks. I am starting counselling within the next few weeks as i feel like i've turned into a very angry version of my former self. I have a back support which does help at work, but without it driving or walking alot im in much pain. Of course this does not look nice under your clothes...just as i've lost all this weight im back in baggy clothes because of it which saddens me .
A recent trip to my doctor saw her very confused as to why i've never had an MRI scan. So my mum is now trying to arrange this asap just to find out if there is anything to come up by that.
Very long story here, but i would just like to speak to some people who know what on earth i'm moaning about. I'm not coping to well on my own and theres only so much ear bashing my poor mum can listen to haha x