I'm 18. In Jan I was in a serious car accident and fractured my L1. They fused T11-L3. 2rods 8screws and a cross link. My hardware can never come out due to how unstable my back was. I am now 8mths post-op. I still have a lot of pain in my lower back. It's a heavy, cramping feeling. I also have a lot of nerve pain. I try to make the best of things but at this point the pain keeps me from the quality of life 'd like to have.
I'd like to hear about other people's recovery and the things they're able to do after surgery. My dream was to be a paramedic in the Army but now I can't enlist. But I'm wondering if my back can handle the duties of a medic now with fusion? I'm open to any and all advice on how to deal with the pain and recovery.