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Hi everyone.

Im here to seek some advice. Before I get started. I just wanted to let ya'll know I have a hard time explaining myself. So bare with me please.

I am 22yr old male. 230lbs 6'1

I was in a car accident Feb 1 07. Hit from behind (I was the passenger in a friends car.) @ 40mph while we were at a dead stop. waiting to turn onto a busy highway.

2 hrs after the accident. I felt my low back become painfull. It felt sharp and constant. I knew something was wrong. I thought about going to the doctors. But it was friday @5pm, didnt feel like going to the ER. (which i should have) So i took an advil and took it easy for the night.

Woke the next morning. While getting out of bed. I suddenly felt the pain of my back again. Same spot, felt sharp, strong and a constant pain that i have not felt before. (i dont know how to express the feeling. its like a dull constant pain) I decided i'd take 2 advil. And take it easy for the weekend.

I ended up having to get up and work. So I tried to pass it off in the back of my head. And not think about the pain. That week goes by. (friday after the car wreck) and I decided i need to go see someone about this. i end up going to an immediate care. Where i told him what happened. he talked to me for 2 minutes saying im in pain from the accident (go figure, lol) and I should take it easy and heal soon. He told me to take muscle relaxer and pain medicine which he prescribed a week supply(flexeril10mg and hydrocodone 5mg 10 of each)

So i take it easy for a week. Nothing has changed. Still hurts. By now, im out of meds and Im in pain. (with both medications not working for me) I call my primary care doctor and get an appointment with her the following day. She says try to take it easy and see me in 2 weeks. With refills on both meds.

Those 2 weeks pass. NOTHING has changed. Back is still in the same poor condition is was the day of the accident. Ive noticed Bending over caused pain in the same area. (with a little pain in the back of my legs) but i brushed it off as me needing to strech my legs.. and pain while im sitting in any position. Be it at my desk, in my car. Also it hurts when walking for more than 15 minutes.

I go see the same doc for the Follow up. Telling her my problems. I ask her if I should get some type of scan on my back done. Because I can Definetly Feel that there is something wrong with my back. She said No.. And said from the "tests" she has done. (which were looking at my back. And watching me bend over, and moving my neck) Then ordered me to go to Physical Therapy for 2 months. And to take Advil for pain. I keep insisting I am worried, and want to have my back looked into further. But she said no. (stubborn..)

I told her i didnt think it would be wise for me to go to PT without having my back checked out. And she said it will be fine. So i just left somewhat angry. (haven't contacted Her since, as she didnt seem to take me seriously)

I ended up seeing a spine doctor a little over 2 weeks later. (From my family telling me to go see a specialist.)

After waiting 3 hours in the waiting room on there computers they have for patients) i ended up seeing the doctor for no more than 10 minutes. He didnt do anything different than my Primary Care Doctor. He watched me bend, took the little thing to my knees to check reflex. and told me he would call to setup a follow-up. (since he didnt have enough time to see me for a full appointment.) Somehow the secretary and him had a communication error. dr thought i was a no show for my 830am appt. And couldnt fill me in til 1030am. So i waited til 10:40am (10min past my 2nd appt time) and the dr came out to the waiting room. And went up to the secretary. I heard the dr say. (Justin is a No Show for the second time today??) after i heard that. I said. (HEY, Im justin. And ive been here since 8:00am this morning! which is :30 early for the appointment you supposedly thought i didnt show up to!) Keep in mind. This all happened before i went into his office for about 10 minutes.

Basicly. He didnt give me any time to talk. And i ended up not getting the phone call back from him like he said he would. So i once again. Said F*** that guy anyways. Being upset as i was. I had it with my luck with dr's treating me like nothing and tried to put the pain in the back of my mind while doing my daily activities.

3 weeks pass by.. And for the past week. Ive noticed My toes are colder than hell (feel like they are dipped in cold water) and my toes are worse when im sitting down. I look through my toenails and they turn to a light purple color. And my feet are a pale color. and for the past two days. My legs have been somewhat "weak" and a feeling of "numbness" when sitting as well. When i stand up. It gets maybe 30% better. But the problems are still present. Keep in mind my back hurts when sitting down as well. I cant seem to find any position that works any better to help the pain. I notice when i wake up in the morning from sleep. My feet and legs are warm. But once i get out of bed and get walking. It's back to the same numb/coldness in the back of my legs and feet. (legs are numb, feet are cold)

So after getting on here and reading about numbness and whatnot in the legs. I think I should go to the dr's to seek help. But i dont think its urgent enough for an ER. (not life threatening) and i dont want to go back to my primary care. Cause she hasn't treated me well. I dont know where to go. I do have insurance. And im hesitant to go because the way i have been treated before ya know?

Ive searched for a problem like mine on here. And couldnt figure out what kind of problem i have here. As in. Should this be an immediate emergency. Or should i not worry about it and see if this goes away.

( P.S) The only pre-existing back conditions i have had in the past are. L5-S1 Clight Central Disk Herniation when i was like 18 playing football. I cant find any records. But remember the pain from the back being in the same spot. I did not have the leg conditions from my prior accident.


(its late, and im sorry about the horrible grammar and wording)

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