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Broke my L1 back on 2008 - just posting...no question :)
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mommyin2011 posted:
Hi,

In a freak accident, i broke my L1 (shattered it). I was in a back brace for 4 months and it did heal but now i am in constant pain. I need to see my doctor to make sure its just pain from the break or if there is something else wrong. The pain is so bad at times, i can't do anything. i have kids that i carry and i work sitting all day...all that doesn't help the pain.

i just need to make sure nothing else has happened and that it healed correct.

Have a good day everyone!
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bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group

Have you made your appointment with your doctor yet and what type of doctor? As you probably already know It's best to see a spine specialist either Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - they will order the proper tests (X-ray, MRI, CT Scan etc) to be done so that they can see what is going on. Once they do that they can give you an accurate diagnosis and let you know what the best treatment plan would be.

I would assume since you were treated for this back in 2008 you saw a spine specialist - since that doctor treated you you may want to see him/her again.

As for your every day living I would take it easy - try to not lift your kids (not easy task, I know) so if you do try to squat down to pick them up - less strain on your back. Also sitting at a desk all day is hard on your back too. See if you can get one of those foot stools, make sure your chair is positioned correctly and the desk height too - if you have an IT Dept and HR Dept ask them to help with this - it's not uncommon as you may think.

When sleeping at night sleep with extra pillows between your knees when sleeping on your sides and under you knees when sleeping on your back. This will help keep your spine more straight and may help with the pains. NEVER, ever sleep on your stomach as this puts too much pressure on the spine Using a heating pad alternating with ice packs can help reduce pains. Taking ibuprofen can help too.

These are just some tips we use ourselves on this support group. Wish you luck ~~ Keep us posted what you find out.
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~~ Joy ~~


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