I was in an auto accident on May 28th of this year. I suffered a broken back t-1 to t-8. Broken ribs and bruised lung along with a major concussion. I have already had lower back fusion 4 yrs ago. I have an old injury of a bulging disc in my neck and chronic neck and shoulder strain. I'm tired just explaining all this. Anyway, I am home after 8 days in the hospital. I am physically and mentally not ok. I am still in a lot of pain and have out of the blue crying spells when I think about the accident. I see a psychiatrist this week. Has anyone had surgery to fix a broken back as severe as mine? I feel pretty lucky that I am able to use my hands and feet now. I don't see the surgeon until July 1st. The trauma dr said to do things as tolerated. What does that mean exactly? One side note, I was not very active prior to the accident due to my chronic pain from the lower back fusion and my neck. So who can tell me how soon I can do normal activities. It hurts to walk and I walk very slow. If I sit, I have to have my neck supported. I can't eat at the kitchen table because it hurts to put my arms on the table. Is this all normal? Thanks for reading and I am looking forward to reading your responses.