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SEVERE PAIN FOLLOWING MVA CAUSING FRACTURES TO SACRUM

G'day All,

I first visited here years ago after a workplace accident left me with a herniated disc at L5/S1. That central bulge reduced over time with non surgical treatment and I was almost pain free for over 18 months.

On the 22nd August a car made a right turn in front of my motorcycle while I was working as a bike Courier here in Sydney, Australia. I was left unconscious and my bike was a write off. Speeds were low at under 50 km/h, and yes I had all the safety gear on at the time.

After spending time in hospital and having CT scans from head to hips as well as a MRI of the lumbar/sacral area, where there was significant swelling, bruising an searing pain with any movement at all. I now have broad based central disc bulges at L3/L4, and L4/L5 as well as an increase in the bulge at L5/S1. The sacrum has a vertical fracture through the foramina from S2 to S4 and a transverse fracture through S1.

Pain is at times unbearable. Running across the full lumbar area, into the buttocks and down the back of either leg, an sometimes both at once. I had another fall two days ago when my left leg just collapsed and 'gave way'. It's been OK since. I also have strong pain in the right testicle that comes and goes...like a burning sensation. I am allergic to morphine and derivatives but am tolerating low doses of Endone, 10 mg at night time.

How long do theses sacral breaks take to heal and become pain free? Anything I can do to speed up the healing process? I'm self employed as a Courier and need to get back to work ASAP, although behind the wheel of a Van and not on a motorcycle! Is sitting going to be an ongoing issue for me? 

I have a thousand questions :-) I'm 56 years old non smoker non drinker and in otherwise good health.

Cheers William.

Cheers William
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  • Hi William

    Welcome back to Spine-health

    So very sorry to hear about the MVA that has caused you such painful injuries.

    I am going to add two links to give you current details of the forum which you can read, while waiting for other replies.

    Welcome to Spine Health


    I hope you pain reduces as quickly as possible with good medication pain relief that your body can tolerate.  my body was unable to tolerate Oramorph during my hospital stay, but I was able to take Zonmorph, the slow release version of Morphine.

    AJ
    AJGormit

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    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • peanut006peanut006 MichiganPosts: 147

    While you should most definitely talk to your doctor before taking anything,  including supplements,  when I broke my knee my doctors said to take vitamin d and calcium to help the bones heal stronger and faster and for me it worked very well!! Obviously that only works on the broken bones,  not the discs, which may or may not have a far longer road to healing. 

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  • Thanks Everyone. I was lucky with the injury to L5/S1 in 2007, being a work related injury I saw very good specialists in a timely manner and I'm sure that aided in my full recovery. This time is a little different in that I was self employed, and as such I wasn't covered by Workers Compensation insurance. Being an MVA here in NSW Australia there is an insurance we can claim through for medical related treatments, but it takes time to go through the system until it's all approved. The staff at the Public Hospital ED did their very best, but they were extremely busy on the day of my admission, and during my stay. My main concern is that the MRI wasn't completed because I couldn't lie still. I'll be asking for a set of both CT scans and another MRI to see if anything was missed. Being someone who drives/rides for a living means I may be on pain killers for some time, just so I can get back to work and earn an income. Thanks for your kind words.

    I read the report from the hospital....but it might as well be written in another language, makes little sense to me! I'm just an uneducated ex truck driver <span>:blush:" alt=":blush:" height="20" /></span>

    Cheers William
  • I would certainly talk to your doctor about calcium and glucosamine and vitamin D to help speed up the recovery. I wish you all the best in your recovery. 

  • A little update. Over the weekend I had a flare up, increased pain levels and bladder control issues. I presented to my local ED and was assessed including another MRI and sensory tests. Good news was the horizontal fractures are still stable and haven't shifted. That was my biggest concern, and why I went to the ED in the first place.

    According to the Doctor and the resident Neurological specialist I have some increasing nerve root issues and suggested my GP refer me to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon specialising in spine/sacrum injuries. My first  consult his in the 26.09.17 I wonder what he might suggest to speed recovery and reduce pain and other symptoms?

    Cheers William

    Cheers William
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