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Back Injury from Car Accident Disability

Let me first apologize for not updating everyone about my back condition. I haven’t posted in a long time because I have been working 12 to 14 hours per day and trying to be a loving father and husband to my family.

As all of you know, I suffer from disc problems in the lumbar spine L4 L5 S1 and muscle problems in the thoracic area which are causing pinched nerves. I get numbness and shooting pain that goes down my left leg and radiates into my left and right foot.

I was on a treatment regimen which included physical therapy twice per week, medication, and hours restriction at my job. I had applied for an ADA request due to my situation. My job has temporarily accommodated my request for 8-10 hour work day maximum. I am in management and paid a salary. Unfortunately most days require extended hours at my facility. The physical demand of the job is heavy with minimal sitting time.

I was on the road to recovery but unfortunaltely got into a minor car accident. I really didn’t think much of it at the time because I felt fine. Boy was I wrong! Later that night when I went to work (I work nights), I started to feel aches and shooting pain. I was already accustomed to a certain amount of pain that I managed with my medication. The pain I was feeling in my back, left leg, and feet felt horrible and I wasn’t able to find enough relief from my current medication.

I took myself to the hospital to get checked out. They treated me and excused me from work until I saw my pain management doctor. When I saw my doctor he stated he wanted me to stay out of work for 4 weeks. He had changed my medication and increased physical therapy to 3 times per week. He said another epidural injection would be given in two weeks. He doesn’t want me to do any heavy lifting and no excessive sitting, walking, or standing.

I really took a step backwards. I was showing some progress prior to the accident. It didn’t seem that bad until the next day. The accident really exacerbated my back problems. My back, leg, and feet hurt more than ever. I applied for disability for now, hopefully I won’t be out too long and things will calm down over the next few weeks while I’m getting plenty of rest.

Exercise and Diet for Herniated Disc

I have changed my diet and exercise regimen to cater toward my herniated disc problems.  I have obtained positive results since I made these changes.  On top of changing my diet, I have also included daily supplements to assist my daily nutritional needs.

I went into a state of depression for about a a year and a half and really let myself go.  I thought all hope was lost and I was not exercising or eating healthy at all.  I probably put on about 30lbs over the 1.5 years, obtained high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.

After I got these blood test results, something just fired up in me to start making some life changes.  I started listening and watching media that motivates me and get my adrenaline flowing.  I am now feeling much  better and my herniated disc pain and discomfort is at a tolerable state right now.

Diet Changes and Supplments

  • I haved eliminated foods that are high in saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • I have increased my protein intake.
  • I have limited my carbohydrate intake to include mostly low glycemic carbs.
  • I am supplementing daily with: Whey Protein Isolate, Flax Seed Oil, Glucosamine, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and a Multi-Vitamin
  • I am eating about 4 to 5 balanced meals per day that are spaced 3 to 4 hours apart.

Exercise Changes

  • Cardio Exercise: I do the elliptical machine.  It’s low impact and great to get the muscles and joints moving.
  • Weight Training: I have stopped using free weights that put a lot of compression on my spine and switched to using machines.  I was always against this, but I love it now and would never go back.  My goals have changed drastically since my injury and I am doing whatever I have to do to take care of my back.