Greetings! I am a 38 year old physically fit female. While vacationing in Hawaii this summer I was hit by a rogue wave and ended up fracturing two ribs and my lower back in two places. Docs are calling it traumatic spondylolisthesis. It happened in July and I am now being placed in a "chair back brace."
Kind of starting to panic as I am a workout fanatic. I use working out as a stress reliever and with it on, I won't be able do anything besides walk (which I don't really count as exercise). I've been ignoring the pain for the past three months but finally decided I had to see a physiologist to do something about the shooting/burning pain in my tailbone area. Doc said it's from an impinged nerve. She has doubts that will the brace will work but I want to try it in hopes of avoiding surgery.
I have prescriptions for all sorts of narcotics and muscle relaxers but I HATE using them. My drug of choice is a double dose of Aleve. Unfortunately, this doesn't really work for the level of pain I am dealing with. But, I am terrified of becoming addicted to painkillers so I use those only on an extremely limited basis (like 3-4 times a month, when in excruciating pain).
I guess I am joining to hear if anyone has dealt with this type of injury before. If I do succumb to surgery, will I be able to resume my old lifestyle? Will I be able to run, rock climb and race jet skis? Or, will I be stuck with walking and the boring old elliptical for the rest of my life?
And, anyone have any tips on dealing with the brace? I hate being constricted. Anyone ever have luck with bracing? As mentioned before, my doc is not very hopeful it will fix my issues. I just want to try if before signing up for the fusion/cage surgery. To me, that sounds absolutely awful.
Any suggestions/advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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