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Burst L1 compression fracture and chronic pain

Hello, to tell you a little about myself.....I am 33 years old, live in Australia and got married 10 months ago. About a week and a half after my wedding I had a terrible accident in my honeymoon in Hawaii. A shorebreak wave slammed me into the ground breaking my back. I spent a month in hospital in Hawaii until I was stable enough to get a lying down flight home. My L1 burst but and I had no nerve damage so the doctors decided with my age and the break being stable not to do a fusion. I had high hopes of recovering within 4/5 months. I did everything right. I was in a Brace and did physiotherapy for months. Now ten months down the track I'm still in a lot of pain. I tried going off painkillers as I hate the way they make me feel. I was stuck in bed for almost a month without them so two weeks ago with much dismay I was back to the doctors in tears asking to go back on them. I felt like I was going backwards in my recovery but I had no quality of life. Chronic pain is awful. It makes me exhausted and emotional. I have lost my job and my husband and I are struggling on one wage. I'm also hoping there may be other people in this forum that may be in a similar position to me. Have I given myself enough time to heal? Should I be better and off narcotics by now? I am beginning pain management next week and the specialist said if all else fails my only option may be a spinal fusion which will set me back for months all over. And god forbid not work. I would love if anyone has a story like mine to lift my hopes. All stories I read on the net of people with the same unjust are up and back into life by now? I'm worried even with all my X-rays, ct scans and MRI they have missed something as I should be better now right? Not spending 70% of my day still in bed unless I drug myself out.....


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are feelibg so badly! it sounds as if you have given conservative measures a shot at trying to heal you and yet you are not doing very well at all. i hope your visit with the pain management doctor offers you hope, even if that means a fusion.you need to do what you need to do to get better now!! please feel free to drop by the forum anytime! we understand what you are going through as you suffer with pain and worry about what to do next!! stop by anytime! Jenny
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