About 6 weeks ago I had a traumatic burst fracture of the T12 due to a two story fall, and landing partially onto a garden sidewalk. I had an emergency surgery to fuse T10-L2 together, and have been home recovering.
I am in a brace for at least another month, and it seems not to be correctly adjusted. It had never met the back of my neck or upper back well, until I changed the way I strapped it together. Also, it chokes me when I sit. My neurosurgeon says I don't need physical therapy, and that my brace is fine. "It always hurts, and everyone hates it" is the response I get when I ask about it. I know, might as well ask a physicist to build a mall, as to ask for aftercare from my emergency care surgeon. I have other appointments coming up, and am hoping other practitioners will be more involved.
I was also told I could go back to work as soon as two weeks after the accident, since I work in an office. I've tried, but all I can really manage to do every day is sleep or lay down. Sitting up, standing, walking- any of this for more than 30 minutes to an hour and I am actually in pretty serious pain.
I know it's going to hurt. I broke my back. I had some serious hardware installed into my spine. I know it may always hurt. In addition, a lot of the pain is in my left butt cheek and sometimes shoots down to my left knee. I am worried about nerve damage and subsequent pain. Due to all of this, I feel the need to reach out for advice, commiseration, even hope.
I will admit to not having read the forum posts. I have never been to this site before, and yet am blithely introducing myself. I just hope someone will be excited to share their similar experience, their hard learned lessons, and perhaps-even open up a discussion with me. Thanks for reading this.