Almost 20 years ago I had a depressed L1/L2 fracture. Was in hospital for almost 4 weeks as the fracture was not stable. I wore a torso brace for 6 months. After that I had physio for 3 months. Since that time I have always had back pain. It would always start through the night with movement in bed or at the end of a busy day on my feet but this has gradually gotten worse. I have put up with the pain over the years as I figured it was part and parcel of my previous injury.
In 2006 I started having spasms in my spine, when the spasm occured each time my legs would give way and I would be on the floor for a couple of hours, I was taken to hospital a few times as the spasms were lasting longer and the most excruciating pain I've ever felt. The spasms have all but gone now and I have a new wave of problems.
I now have the most horrible back pain all the time. It starts at mid back below my ribs, goes all the way down to my coccyx, it feels like its grinding and with movement the pain makes me catch my breath but now it goes with what I can only describe as 'toothache' in my hips and down my legs.
My doc suspects some root nerve damage and an unbalanced musculoskeletal system due to over compensation for pain.
The musculoskeletal team say a degenrative spine condition aggrevated by a spinal fracture
Today I was called by a physio who did a telephone assessment and he says it is a common problem from relaxation of ligaments during pregancy... my youngest child is 2 and a half years old, surely this would have presented itself before now.
I'm so worn down by this pain and my family is being torn apart by my irritability from it.
Fracture L1/L2, Osteoarthritis of lumbar, cervical spine and coccyx, wheelchair bound, ACDF C3/4 &C5/6