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How to Communicate the Pain of a Herniated Disc to Others?

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  • Posted By: kirahman
  • February 16, 2011
  • 00:32 AM

Hey guys I am new to this forum, but here is my situation.

I'm 21 and 3 years ago I herniated my L4 L5 disc, which included sciatica. This ended up being the most painful experience of my life. I refused surgery and kept the treatment conservative with physical therapy. While these injuries last about 6 to 12 months, the pain from the injury has lasted 3 years. During that time I attended the University of Washington. Due to the injury I struggled in school because I had a physical obstacle that made my grades suffer resulting in a cumulative GPA of 2.81 (pre-engineering courses were taken). When I applied to Industrial Engineering I wrote about my circumstances and ended up getting rejected from the major. The issue is that this circumstance is really rare so I don't think admissions understand how this injury affected me every day for the past 3 years. I am going to talk to admissions, but I am unsure of how I can communicate to them the extent of the injury. Should I find studies on this to help explain my case? Any advice is helpful. Thanks!

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  • Have you approached your physician about writing a letter to explain your medical situation to the admissions board. They are more likely to take it seriously. Even if you have to pay for this letter, staying in your program is more important, so find the money to do it. Best wishes.
    blueempress 28 Replies
    • February 27, 2011
    • 05:23 AM
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