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back injury and depression

AawildeAAawilde Posts: 1
edited 09/13/2015 - 9:24 PM in Lower Back Pain
I have what was told to me as a L1 burst fracture. It happened 4 weeks ago today. My doctor I am working with is not very helpful and is in my opinion very rude. I have not had any of my questions answered such as how long I should stay out of work or why it hurts so much and I can't sleep. How long I will have to stay in this brace. I am a very active person and I am getting depressed. I don't know why the pain is not getting better. It seems to spread around my back but mostly my lower back. If anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it.

Burst fracture


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  • Hi there, I'm sorry you are going through this. I've always said, I'd much rather be in physical pain over mental pain. Now that I have a back injury, even though the pain gets bad, my preference still remains true. I find it helps to go online and watch uplifting/inspirational movies, tv shows or videos. Humor is very beneficial too. Reading, paint by numbers, drawing, coloring, crossword puzzles, anything that works the brain really helps. For me personally, deep breathing and prayer really helps me mentally. Visitors help. Having someone open the blinds to allow the light in is so vital.

    In the mean time, is it possible for you to discuss your impressions of your doctor with your doctor and if there is no resolve, would it help to find a doctor that you feel more comfortable working with? Sleep is so important in the healing process. I would definitely address that first. Hang in there!
  • My surgeon would win the award for rudest man in medicine! Honestly! I'm no prude but he's taught me some new swear words. He's a great doc. It comes down to trust. Do you believe this guy knows what he's doing? Do you feel he's focused & has your best interests at heart? If not, change doctors. The relationship you have can make all the difference.

    It doesn't matter what the hobby or interests are but find something! Being laid-up gets really old, really fast. Depression makes everything worse. If it becomes a serious problem see your GP about it. It sucks your motivation to do the things you need to do to get better. It can make you a monster to live with.

    I'd call your doc & ask if you can take Melatonin. I find it helps with sleep. I have prescription sleep meds for those bad nights.

    I'm sorry. I've never had your particular problem. I have no idea how long recovery usual takes. I do believe in doing my research. Don't frighten yourself with worst case senarios but it's good to know how the average person deals with rehab.

    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • 2dgs4cmpany22dgs4cmpany Posts: 200
    edited 09/15/2015 - 3:27 AM
    I am so sorry this happened to you. I have never experienced what you are describing, bit it sounds painful.

    I recommend going back to your doctor and asking questions until you feel the answers lead to remedy/healing. If they can't be found, if at all possible go to another doctor until you feel comfortable that you are getting solutions and help and being addressed. You can and should expect to be treated like you are the consumer. When I go to my doctor I bring my pain journal (start one) that has pain level when I take medicine. It helps them to see and understand you. You know if something is wrong with your body. Do not give up. And yes, getting appointments is a pain in and of itself. Hopefully you heal, but until then you must get answers for your body.

    Most days are hard, some harder than others, and a few light and freeing. I feel my best when I focus on only the positives. For me that is my family. It is some friends. I cleaned my soul of any that are not supportive. This was hard, but good for me. I help around the house when and if I can. I plan any errands meticulously so I can achieve them. Today my son gets his braces off, I'm his driver and want to celebrate him tonight with special dinner. I'm resting now in preparation. I'm so frustrated I have to do that, but it is what it is. I will stay positive today. Some days I have a pity party. I just don't want to deal with that today. I don't want the headache from a good cry.

    On the positive note, even though it is hard, take a shower and dress in something comfortable but pretty. It helps to feel good. Put on perfume, even if it is just for you. Look on this forum at others and draw strength. Write. Some people explore poetry. Some work from their bed. I crochet and working on helping other son apply for colleges. The TV can be a good friend..I recorded happy movies for hard days. I watch scary ones for s thrill. I also turn it off and go outside and sit and be glad . It's a cliche to say it could be worse. I know. But it could be.
  • Brian247BBrian247 Posts: 41
    edited 09/15/2015 - 5:21 AM
    You have a burst fracture and he didnt do fusion surgery? Actually I shouldn't be surprised as I know of a girl who had the same situation kind of. She's in her early 20's and has a T10 burst fracture. Her doctor put her in a brace for a couple months thinking it would heal on its own due to her being young I guess. It wasnt healing though so he had to go in and do fusion on it. She's recovered now and back to work after being out almost a year. I sustained a T6 burst fracture almost 1 year ago and had fusion right away as I was at risk for being paralyzed. You can see my fusion hardware in my signature pic. I dont know how old you are ( i'm 37 years old) and that may play a factor into why your doctor just elected to just go with the brace and not surgery. I havent gone back to work as my doctor told me I cant do physical labor anymore and my job is a construction job. A 2nd opinion might be something you want to look into if you feel you aren't getting anywhere with your current doctor. Good luck and I hope things get better for you.
    September 2014 : T6 burst fracture, multilevel fusion from T4-T8
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