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    Need Help Desperately! Back pain information
    Taniavuong1103 posted:
    I was in a rear ended car accident in October 21, 2008. I only felt stiffness on my neck and shoulders. In December 2008, I started to have back pain and the pain increased to the point I could not walk and sleep. Then I felt numbness and sharp pain radiating down my leg. I finally got a diagnose that I have herniated disc on L4/5 S1 in May 2010.

    Is it possible that people don't feel the pain right away after the car accident, but the pain appears months after the accident? Can an injury such car accident contribute to a herniated disc? What is the different between "Mechanical back pain" and "Discogenic back pain"?

    Tania Vuong
    davedsel responded:
    Hello and welcome.

    I am sorry you are experiencing so much back pain. I fully understand as I have been managing moderate to severe chronic pain from multiple degenerative spinal conditions for over 35 years.

    I did Yahoo searches on the two terms you refer to in your post and here is what I found:



    Please be aware that no doctor of any type currently reply to these posts. This is a support group whose members are lay people who have experience with back pain. It is against the rules in all WebMD communities to provide any type of diagnosis or medical advice.

    Have you seen an orthopedic spine surgeon or a spinal neurosurgeon? These doctors are the best for diagnosing back problems and recommending effective treatment plans. What type of treatments have you tried? Have you seen a pain management specialist? The best are called 'physiatrists' as they provide many options for pain management and do not rely solely on prescription pain medications.

    I pray you can find answers and relief soon.

    trs1960 responded:
    Dave's right, but let me just say that not only is it possible it is typical

    I've read many books on the subject that explain most back problems are underlying issues for years before a trigger event sets them off.

    I was on no meds for years after my accident. Then somebody rear ended me at a stop sign. I felt a little numb and after a few days I was in the doctor begging for help. The pain hasn't stopped since and the accident didn't hurt my back. I was in a Suburban and she bumped my trailer hitch. No damage to the car, but your body can play malicious tricks on you
    Taniavuong1103 replied to davedsel's response:
    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your reply. I just frustrated that my family doctor always said just a soft tissue injury and did not send me to get the MRI sooner. I don't have serious backpain before car accident and now my left foot is numb and cold all the time. The neurologist said I will be like that even after a discectomy because the nerve is damaged.

    I just wonder why other people feel the pain right away. But for me, my back pain was delayed until a month later. Is it because the medicine I took for rheumatoid arthritis.

    Anyway, thank you for you help.
    Taniavuong1103 replied to trs1960's response:
    I did not have serious back pain before the accident. My car was damaged and it costed close to $1000 of repairment. My life is totally changed now. I can't sit over half an hour even I already have a discectomy surgery.
    trs1960 replied to Taniavuong1103's response:
    Backs are strange. Back pain plays dirty tricks. Best practice is to rest, take some anti inflammatories pain meds if necessary.

    Most people will get better. If not you need to escalate treatment.

    It's hard to say much more on the Internet. If you're in severe pain I suggest orthopedic or neurological expertise sooner rather than later. Once your body decides not to heal normally the pain centers can set permanently.

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