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I'm new - L1 wedge fracture, coccyx & sacrum fractures 14 weeks ago
Hi all, I found this site while trying to find out any more info I could on my condition. On December 18 of 2013, I fell on ice and knew i really hurt myself. After making the mistake of going to an urgent care center who said my x-rays were fine and who wanted to put me on cymbalta for pain and send me on my way, I went to the emergency room.
MRI and X-rays show "a mild wedge compression fracture at L1" I put that in quotes because there is nothing mild about the pain I'm in... It also states I have a "tiny fracture of coccyx" and a "small fracture at s2".
My neurosurgeon doesn't at all seem concerned about the sacrum and coccyx although my pain there is very intense! He prescribed a jewett brace and sent me to pain management. I've been on 3 vicodin a day, a tens unit, lidocaine patches, ice packs, motrin... to try and get through the days.
I am also in physical therapy 2 times per week to try and strengthen my core. Last week I started working 20 hours a week and this weekend I hurt so much I stayed in bed. Today my pain level is at an 8. It's been lingering between 5 and 8.
I go this wednesday back to pain management where they want to titrate me off vicodin and I want to ask them for something stronger!! LOL I go on Thursday for my third round of x-rays to see how things are healing and then see the neurosurgeon again.
I am having issues with bladder leakage that I never had before, and also (pardon me) passing gas too (so embarrassing). This has been happening since my fall but not until reading more about spinal injuries did I think it may be related. I have not mentioned that to the docs yet, as it is very private and embarrassing!
I guess I'm looking for others in my position too. I hear all the time from people, "You're still in pain???" "You should be better already--it's been more than 3 months..."
I'm frustrated and in pain! I'm 41 YO female who before I fell, worked out 3-4 times a week! I'd appreciate any feedback. It's nice to know I'm not alone!