Hello, first time posting here. Has anyone had ongoing severe chronic back pain from breaking their back? Four years ago a wave at the beach dumped me into the ground breaking my back (L1). It was classed as stable so I was put in a back brace for 5 months. It was excruciating pain. Even though my spinal cord wasn't effected it took me a long time to function on my own. I couldn't get out of bed without assistance, shower or even go to the toilet as I couldn't wipe myself (sorry if TMI)
Now four years later I'm still unable to work from my pain being so bad and need to lay down a lot as being upright is so painful. I've done everything but a spinal fusion which I've had 4 opinions from different surgeons saying they advise against it as I may end up worse.
I have done everything from Rehab, hydro pool, Physio, injections, ketamine infusions, 4 spinal cord stimulator trials - the list goes on. I'm currently seeing a chiropractor which I've always been against as I'm desperate. I'm also seeing a pain psychologist to help manage my pain. I take 90mg of slow release OxyContin, 10mg oxycodone, diazepam, cymbalta each day. As soon as I try to drop my dosage my pain levels go up.
Has anyone found any answers if they are in the same situation as me? is it time to accept this is my life like the professionals are telling me?
I have had a baby during All of this and it's the hardest most wonderful thing that's happened to me. I want to be better for my baby girl and would love another baby. I can't burden my family with that though as they have to help me with her everyday while my husband is at work.
Sorry for the long post but sometimes it's worth asking...