I have manageable lower back pain from a head-on collision vehicle wreck that I was in, on July 15, 2003. My vehicle didn't have an air bag; therefore my my torso/right shoulder was twisted forward upon impact, while my left shoulder and lower back was held in place by the seat belt. I had a horrible pain in my hip, where the seat buckle held me in place. Thank God for the seat belt. It saved me from more serious injury and probably even death. The paramedics told me; they have seen bodies thrown from the vehicle and decapitated from wrecked simpler to my impact. I'm grateful to be alive.
I have 2 shift discs in my upper back and 1 bulging disc in my lower back. I went through 21 weeks of physical and rehabilitation therapy. I am managing the pain fairly well; as long as I restrain from going over the weight limits set by my doctor and therapist. After they set my limits, I had to test for myself and that was a mistake. I had to lay flat on my stomach, turn around in the bed and let my legs go down the side of the bed until my knees touched the floor. Then, I could rise from this position to stand up. The pain made it impossible for me to sit up, let my feet hit the floor and just stand up.
Being an independent person; after the therapy I felt pretty good, so I tried to mow my grass and that was a very bad decision. It put me down for about a week. I had to pay a lawn service guy to cut my grass for over a year.
In all it was about 3 years after my therapy, for me to get to about 80% function-ability that I have today.
No one really knows, what a person in pain has to go through and for how long there are continuous problems, before getting back to some normality.
I'm still not 100%, not even 85% and I hate it too. Because, I am a very independent person. I like to do everything that I can myself. Now, I have to get help for many things that I can no longer do alone.
I'm making the best of it; because I can't change the condition of my back.