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.