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Car accident, herniated discs in lower back, radiating pain to buttocks, leg, knee, numbness in toes, hip pain, neck pain. MRI done. Lower back injury symptoms?

Hey there, I m a 36 year young woman who was rear ended in a car accident.. I was at a stoplight at the time. I have had MRI s done and they showed herniated discs in my low back L5 S1 being one of them.. I have pain that radiates from my low back down my buttocks , down my leg into my knee and then into my foot.. My three little toes are numb and tingling , and it gos on the back of my heel, with grinding hip pain too... I m suppose to go in for a spinal injection next mo... Now I have pain that radiates down my left side of my neck down into my shoulder and throbs and continuing on the inside of my arm down into my hand and there is numbness and tingling in my hand but also seems like it radiates down my leg all the way into my left foot... What would you say is the cause.. Can it be related to my low back injury? I
Asked On : Sun, 29 Apr 2012
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The pain radiating down your neck, into your left upper limb, can not be caused by the Low Back injury. You might have sustained an injury to your Cervical Spine ( neck vertebrae ), at the same time, commonly referred to as a " Whiplash injury". This requires separate evaluation by an MRI of the Cervical spine, to gauge the nature & extent of the same, if any. Using a Soft Cervical Collar, avoiding jerky movements & avoiding a pillow at night ( Though a rolled up towel or bedsheet as neck support , may help), along with simple pain killers may help till then.
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