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Pelvic fractures

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Chronic Pain
I was involved in a road traffic accident in early Jan and suffered a compound fracture of my pelvis, i fractured both pubic rami bilaterally. I also had a fracture dislocation of my left sacroiliac joint with fractures of my ileum and sacrum. I have had my pelvis internally fixed in the form of sacroiliac screws and for 14 weeks i had a pelvic external fixator. I was wheelchair bound for 4 months and learning to walk is a struggle. My fractures have healed but i have chronic lower back pain. Pain down my legs under my buttocks and into my pubic area. My left side is worse. I have seen a pain management doctor and like all the doctors i see they look at me with confusion!! I am awaiting some scans and other tests to be done but i wonder will this pain ever go away?? Or ease off?? Has anyone had the same problems as me? The doctors tell me i'm lucky to be alive. I take 600mg of Lyrica, 150mg of Efexor, 150mg of Arthrotec and up tp 400mg of Zydol SR (Tramadol hidrochloride) and I'm never without discomfort. I've just started using crutches since yesterday previous to that i used a zimmer frame. I'm making progress but its slow and painfull. Any advice i would welcome. Thank you in advance.



  • that's a bad accident you had. we dont see many people with pelvic injuries here on this site. what we all have though is pain. so you are among people who understand. to undergo such injuries and to be making progress to the point of starting to use crutches is a great accomplishment. with hope and dedication i feel you will continue to improve.
    welcome to this loyal group of pain people
  • Thanks so much Pete and i'm so grateful to have found this site!! No one site deals with pelvic fractures alone and i need all the support i can get!! I got the idea for this forum after the pain management specialist told me it was due to the fixator and trauma that my lumbar spine is damaged, so low back pain is my enemy! Waiting to see more doctors to have tests i've certainly nerve damage L5 S1 they've told me but next week scans. I live in Republic of Ireland where there is only one ortho specialist that preforms pelvic surgury and most other doctors just look at me baffled! My spirits are good and pain is bearable, can see a small flicker of light at the end of the ortho tunnell. Any advice or help i'd appriecate. Thanks :))) :)))
  • i can see that flicker of light in the irish eyes!!!
    welcome to sh. boy youd think there would be more drs who knew about the pelvis in ireland.... maybe they all came to the states.
    you and i must have the same kind of attitude...your dr said youre lucky to be alive. mine said your lucky youre not paralyzed. so the two of us go around telling everyone how lucky we are.
    so do you live in the country or city?
  • I'm a country girl, keeps a few horses but riding is a big no no at the moment but maybe in the future, heres hoping!! You have a great story and amazing courage. I was perfect before this accident (I got knocked down by the way) and i hope for a better pain free ish day everyday now! I understand now about disability and pain and can help other prople who have suffered horrific pelvic fractures but first i need to sort myself out! Nearly 7 months on and rehab is slow. Ortho time is very long!! It takes forever to heal. The docs told me at least 12 months healing time. Thank you for taking the time to reply. I am still in shock at the amount of surgury you have had! You are doing great work for people with chronic pain. An old Irish saying for you
    "May the road rise up to meet you
    May the wind always be at your back
    And may God hold you in the palm of His hand"

  • i see pictures of the irish countryside and wonder why anyone would ever want to leave there. you are lucky to have such beauty in your midst.
    i see you still have hopes of riding again. i've actually heard that horseback riding can be very therapeutic. i hope some day youre back on top. i guess when you get hit hard by misfortune you get to realize how our lives are so valuable...we get to appreciate the little things that are so important....
  • O:) May the angels watch over you as you heal.

    Bless your heart, you are one upbeat, courageous Irish lady. You are so welcome to this forum and please post anytime for advice, support, or simple sharing. :D

    I'm am truly humbled hearing your story -- what you have been through and continue to go through -- BUT, crutches, that's great progress. I certainly hope you have loving family and friends to support you through this ordeal.

    One of the hardest things for all of us to face is how slowly the healing process goes. Keep your eyes on the prize -- Be ROCKY BALBOA, (as our moderator here points out) Keep fighting.

    Take care Allyk,

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