Hi everyone. Hopefully I'm in the right place. I'm 23, and w

Hi everyone. Hopefully I'm in the right place. I'm 23, and when I was 17 I got in a car accident (thrown out Jeep window) that fractured my tailbone and shattered my collarbone which docs chose to "let heal." Of course it never did. I got surgery over a year later, but in the mean time, my body fell into some posture habits to make up for the fact that one shoulder was a few inches higher than the other and my tailbone was still messed up. Never went to PT. A few years ago I started having some groin pain during activities, until 10 months ago when the pain was so intense I couldn't walk beyond brushing my teeth and briefly showering etc. I went to several doctors and surgeons who said 'osteitis pubis' (more an anatomical description than diagnosis imo) or torn muscle. Got a nerve ablation and several painful injections, nothing worked. Finally got to physical therapist a little over a month ago, who drew the connection between my accident 6 years ago and my muscle imbalance/overuse injury now. I know that my situation is menial compared to most people here, which is why I'm hoping I'm at the right place. Before all this, I biked, hiked, ran and kayaked. Now I sit at home waiting for a break in the pain to try and stretch. Ibuprofen/hydrocodone doesn't do much. Recently I have been feeling very hopeless, so any words of encouragement would be amazing. Thank you, sorry for the novel.

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Jul 18

@flyinsquirrel I am not a PT, but after suffering over two years with sciatica and over 25 years of low back pain, I've made it my mission to find out why AND to overcome both. I am most happy to report that I have successfully beat them both. However, it wasn't a one and done thing that I did. I continue to take care of myself and do exercise routines every day. If you read the book, you'll soon find out why. Even with that said, I still continue to try and educate myself every day on the subject. I wish you the best!

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Jul 18

@MarWin Wow.. sciatica is agonizing, I had that immediately following my car accident, too. I was going to maybe do a separate thread on this, but how have/did you figure out how to not let the emotions connected to the pain make the physical pain worse? I have been trying to do mindfulness meditation each day, but I feel as though my pain goes from 1-100 and it's mostly because I break down sometimes when I know I probably won't be able to do anything for the rest of the day/week.

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MarWin's picture
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Jul 19

@flyinsquirrel I think that's fine to do meditation, however, I would try doing a sciatica specific routine while doing the meditation, or visa versa. I know over in the sciatica forum I have listed a few times the routine that I did. In all honesty, I was more focused on how to get better (doing exercises) rather than how to maintain the pain (meditation, pills, shots, surgery, etc). It all boils down to what your goals are and if pain is enough of a motivation to you to want to stay dedicated to doing the right things. Was for me anyways....

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