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beginning of September 2014, I fell off a ladder (about 2m high), right on my lowerback/buttocks. I was diagnosed with a L1 compression fracture (anterior is compressed by 37%), was hospitalized for a week, and had to wear a back brace. November 11th, dr did an MRI because I was in so much pain. It showed oedema in the fracture which meant that it hadn't healed entirely (that's what he told me), also showed minimal deviation of posterior wall with some angulation, narrowing of the spinal canal and mainly the anterior liquor space. pressure on the dural sac, neuroforaminae intact.
Wore the brace until end of January 2015, trying to gradually leave it off for longer and longer periods of time (very painful). Dr seemed to have 'forgotten' to prescribe physiotherapy. Started that end of Jan. Seen him again 2 weeks ago, being very impolite with me because I told him I'm still in a lot of pain, daily. He told me he doesn't believe me. I also have numb areas around my belly button, next to my spine, my buttocks suddenly turn ice cold and numb when sitting for about an hour. Lots of intestinal disturbance too. I go out and walk a lot, do the physiotherapy three times a week, do the household, cook and light grocerie shopping. But I'm floored after a few hours. Working on the computer is very painful (static position), I have to lay down after about an hour and a half.
The rudeness of this orthopedist is stunning to me, so I booked an appointment with a neurosurgeon in another hospital.
Could someone give me more information about this? Is this long healing time normal? Do the MRI resullts indicate a possible neurological issue?
Thank you very much!
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