Hi to all. I am coming to this site for support because I know that unless you have experienced back pain, you really don't understand.
A brief history: Have experienced back pain since 2002 when injured during lifting a dog (I am a veterinarian). Had 2 pregnancies after injury, so that did not help.
2005 diagnosed with DDD at L5/S1 and treated with steroid epidurals X 3--moderate relief--was recommended for disc replacement/fusion--I declined
2008--Torn annular ligaments L3-5 with mild herniation at L3/4 and SI pain while lifting a dog (again). Again treated with steroid epidurals, which was mildly helpful.
2/5/11 I was taking a box down my basement steps and tripped on a cord so I basically launched down all the steps and landed in a seated position (trying to protect arms, legs and head). I felt the explosion in my T/L region. I ended up with compression fractures of T10 and T11 and torn ligaments at T9. I also aggravated my pre-existing lumbar/sacral issues.
I was in the ICU for 5 days and went home in a custom TLSO which I have been in since then. I am now in PT 3 times a week to regain strength.
I have horrible reactions to narcotics, so have been on only Tylenol since week 2. Have had 2 steroid injections for L4/5 pain and radiculopathy in addition to being in the brace.
I need someone to tell me that still feeling pain (level 3-5) on a regular basis at the fracture site is normal 9 weeks out, and to give me some hope that I will ever have some semblance of normal activity tolerance.
I am getting very discouraged and I am supposed to go back to work in 3 weeks, which terrifies me.
Thanks for reading if you got this far...turns out there is not really a brief history at all! Looking for honest opinions and experiences.