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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.