I am so happy there is a place where there is more information on what is happening to my body, and where others understand the pain and agony.
So my story starts with I had a bad fall and had burst fracture in my L2, the doctors wanted me to wait for it to see if it would heal. I sat in the hospital for a week, PT kept trying to get me out of bed and walking but my back hurt so bad from the pain it was impossible, no matter how much people pushed me.
On the fourth day of my back being broken, I started to notice a decrease in strength in my left leg, I could no longer pull my leg towards me or keep my leg straight when bent at the calf. The doctors then told me that I needed to have an operation to get the pressure of my spinal cord. That night I went in for X-rays, an the next day I went in for surgery.
The operation is usually 4 hours, but my surgery took 6... there was a lot of broken peices... I remember waking up in recovery and screaming in agony, I apologize if I scare anyone. When I went back up to my room they put me on morphine which made me nauseated, I puked the whole night, they then switched me to fetanyl which was better but not strong. I am not sure but the doctors mentioned I had a high tolerance to the pain medicine.
The next day PT had me get out of bed, and this was so much better pain wise than when they were originally trying to let the fracture fix itself, like a million times better! I was able to get up with half the amount of pain. In a couple of days my left leg started to get it's strength back.
I am currently 4 weeks out of surgery, I am noticing that I am having pain and swelling in my left hip and abdomen area. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this pain, how long till it goes away? Also the pain is really bad in my back when I wake up in the morning, does that ever go away?
I am starting to get depressed, will this pain ever go away! I have read other forums and other experience this moment of depression.
Any insight of how long, or other things I might experience would be awesome...