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Is it normal to feel tired a lot?

ajamiesonaajamieson Posts: 65
My back injury was 3 weeks ago and I still feel like I need a lot of extra rest. Just wondering if this is normal or should I force myself to be more productive. I have 4 fractured lumbar vertebrae, spondo, 2 bulging disks, DDD and the hole where the sciatic nerves travels through is smushed making it painful and hard to walk.
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  • :D :D :D

    My personal opinion only -- of course you feel tired -- your poor body HURTS! Don't mean to sound flip in my reply, I just smiled after reading everything that's wrong with you and you questioning why you were tired (LOL!)

    Also, depending on what meds you're taking, that will also affect your energy. Your activity level should be discussed with your doctor.

    I know many of us are like a "deer in the headlights" when we see a doctor and forget to ask so many things. You might call the nurse at the doctor's office and leave a message.

    If you're still working with your injuries, that's sure to zap your energy.

    Be sure to drink plent of fluids if you're taking lots of meds -- hydration will help with the fatigue.

    It takes a long time for back issues to resolve, in most cases, so don't feel weird about being tired. I suffered with sciatica for many months and it absolutely slayed me with fatigue.

    Take care and hang in there,

    Judy
  • I would imagine that an accident is as difficult to heal from as surgery, minus the effects of the anesthesia which are known to zap strength. You have had many things damaged by the injury and it takes energy for the body to heal them.

    I gather no one has suggested surgery to you? I don't quite understand how the sciatic issue will resolve itself. Are you wearing a brace or what is holding the fractured vertebrae in place.

    It is very normal to be fatigued. I would not push yourself. Listen to your body and rest as much as you can.

    Gwennie
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  • Thank you both. I am wearing a brace and there is talk of surgery once the bone heals from the fractures. The doctor also said I may have traction once the bone heals. And I may take prednisone but so far I haven't.

    I am relieved to hear I am not just lazy!
  • No, get that thought out of your head. An accident is a very major trauma to the body. Even if you didn't require major healing, your body would still need some time to recover.

    After my fusion, for months I could only schedule one thing per day. By the time I showered, dried my hair, did makeup and got dressed to go out, I was exhausted and ready for a nap. But I didn't take it. I would go do my one errand, or go to one appointment and then back home to the couch for a rest! This was my norm for months. I think it took me about six months before I really began to feel more like myself. I think I probably wrote a post similar to yours at some point in the process. It just didn't seem like it should be taking so long.

    Try to relax and enjoy a bit of rest. Catch up on some reading or whatever you can manage. And do not beat yourself up about what you "should" be doing...and don't let anyone else do it, either! Others have little understanding of what you are going through. At least in the case of injury, I hope people are more kind. After back surgery, people just expect you to be better in a matter of weeks, partially because you "look OK." Very annoying!!

    You are going to a spinal specialist, right?
  • When I first injured my back, a long time ago. I took 30 days and then went slowly back to working. I had been let go, from my job at the time, but I was young.

    The second and third times - I took 60 to 90 days to just walk a little, and rest. I did not do the TV thing too much as it hurt to get up from the couch.

    This spring and summer, I took the whol last 6 months and began a regimen of rest and exercise. I can take about 10 to 20 minutes at a time, and nothing very strenuous.

    I have built myself back up, and am sleeping well, most nights. I still have a night or two, that pain keeps me from sleeping, but it is better.!

    Cheers C45
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  • When I first injured my back, a long time ago. I took 30 days and then went slowly back to working. I had been let go, from my job at the time, but I was young.

    The second and third times - I took 60 to 90 days to just walk a little, and rest. I did not do the TV thing too much as it hurt to get up from the couch.

    This spring and summer, I took the whol last 6 months and began a regimen of rest and exercise. I can take about 10 to 20 minutes at a time, and nothing very strenuous.

    I have built myself back up, and am sleeping well, most nights. I still have a night or two, that pain keeps me from sleeping, but it is better.!

    Cheers C45
  • You are mentally strong person to deal with it that long and have not just give up.

    gweenie, I hear you. No one really understands and honestly it should not matter.

    -js
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