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Hi everybody. My name is Kathy. I fell in an eight foot deep cement pit (at work) in September. I originally broke my rib, sprained my wrist and the foot that I landed on. A few days after the fall, I developed horrible pain in my neck, upper back and shoulders. The doctor told me it was sore muscles and it would go away. Prior to the fall I walked and worked out every day. I chose to ignore the "sore muscles" and went back to work. I drive a bus (which is like a continuous upper body workout). I was in so much pain, it was impossible to sleep and I felt like I was losing my mind. The doctor told me I needed physical therapy and made me continue to work. I went to physical therapy and they refused to treat me until I had further tests. MRI shows ruptured discs. Basically, I have been without treatment for four months, so I think the new doctor thinks surgery is the only option at this point. I have been searching the internet, but I can only sit at the computer for a little bit before the pain gets too bad. Has anyone had an injury like this that they recovered from without surgery? If I have surgery, will I lose strength and or mobility? I was able to do very heavy lifting, gardening, remodeling, and heavy exercise before the accident. Now I can lift no more than 5 lbs (according to the doctor). I also have nerve damage in my foot that has gone without treatment for four months, but I'll let that topic alone for now. I am so angry about this, I could spit.