Hi there, I'm new. Anyway, I am settled in for the long haul- after an accident which fractured L2, I did not receive proper follow up and now have a collapsed burst fracture.
I understand that I'm quite lucky because I do not have any paralysis or weakness, just pain and movement problems due to the mechanical issue (also have degenerative disk disease and herniations in L4/L5/S1).
But really I'm only able to do less than half of what I did before. No twisting, bending, lifting. Can't pick up things from the floor or unload the dishwasher, do laundry, or even sit in a chair for very long.
I realize that pain management will only go so far and I'm likely permanently disabled. My family has been wonderful about it, but the guilt is awful- I am supposed to be more useful than this! I am supposed to be able to do things!
Does anyone have any words of wisdom?