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Burst fracture - Abdominal trauma???!!

Hi All!

Some background - I was rock climbing and fell down 20 feet. I broke my L1 vertebra. It was a 'burst fracture'. I was diagnosed correctly after 2 weeks since the ER that I went to immediately after the fall did not take a xray and hence concluded I had some muscle strain. To help with the muscle issues, they gave me Naproxen tablets.

Now in those 2 weeks (after the fall and before the correct diagnosis) I noticed that my left side of the abdomen had distended. It was kind of sticking out and was rather firm to touch. I searched over the internet and found that 'bloated stomach was a side effect of Naproxen. So I just attributed this to the medication.

Its been almost 6 months after the fall/surgery and I still have that bulging left abdomen. Now since my surgeon made an incision below my lowest left rib, i could still be having that bulge on the left side. But I am not sure if there could be something else going on - like an abdominal trauma which got coupled with the incision during the surgery.

The CT scans for abdomen came clear.

My only concern is - if the bulging was defnitely due to surgery, I should not have seen it in the days following the fall but before the surgery. Also, if Naproxen was the culprit, I would not have this nasty bulge 6 months after the surgery.

Would it be a abdominal trauma issue? Can it go away on its own? Does anybody else have an experience like this?


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