Recovery time, crushed disc and nerves in spine

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Keepers, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Keepers

    Keepers Member

    Location:
    Overton
    I have recently had a mishap at work, involved being crushed against a wall by cattle

    I am not very big or wide so it took some out of me :facepalm:

    Been in hospital this weekend in agony, turns out I have a crushed disc and nerve damage

    Treatment is rest, and right now whilst I am young they are cautious about aggressive treatment. So have been told I have a weak spot now in my spine, I have to be careful physically.
    It may happen again, when it happens again in the future and starts getting worse then aggressive treatment may happen.

    However, when asking how much time I need to take off work, the answer was “I need to rest and take pain killers, I could be back behind a desk in a week or so”
    So I asked what about a fairly physical cattle job, and no one seemed to be able to give me an answer o_O:banghead:

    I’m in a huge amount of pain down my lower back which travels to my legs, has anyone had an injury like this before? And how long did you take off work before returning to a very physical job?
    I hate being off work, I am a workaholic, but there’s no way I want to return too soon as I don’t want to go through this pain again
     
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  2. Lincs Lass

    Lincs Lass Member

    Location:
    north lincs
    How longs a piece of string, its not going to be anytime soon
     
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  3. t10

    t10 New Member

    Sorry to hear you’ve had an accident, hope you have a speedy recovery. I haven’t had it personally but I remember dad getting crushed between a Holstein and an RSJ , resulted in three broken disks and six weeks laid out on his back on morphine. Take it easy and recover through “gentle” exercise, it might not be what you want to hear but you only get one spine!
     
  4. Loner

    Loner Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I have had an injury like that. Had the physio , which made it more of a problem,had heat treatment , etc, etc. The thing is with a spinal injury is that it takes time to heal, and a good part of that healing process is rest,and lot's of walking when you feel ready. Once a disc has been damaged it can cause problems further down the line,the pain down the leg is due to the nerve being trapped or damaged. In my case it went on for some time and the pain is controlled by strong pain killers which also can cause problems.

    Best to try and rest and use mild pain killers, heavy lifting would antagonize the problem ,so it would mean only light work, if it is behind a desk,get a cushion and stand and walk as often as you can.

    This reply is based on having the problem and living with it,and I hope it helps you to get back on the job.
     
  5. kill

    kill Member

    Location:
    South West
    Could be a month but in my case I had pretty much 3 decades of back pain ( not totally constant but a large part of the time) until my emergency dyscectomy operation 18 months ago that totally transformed my life for the better.
     
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  6. Mark C

    Mark C Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Rest and gentle excercide, walking and swimming. Try to find a remedial Pilates instructor to help build your core strength.

    Get yourself an MRI scan and referral to se a neuro surgeon. They can do wonders with spinal nerve release from a damaged disc via keyhole surgery. I had this in 2011 and apart from a few minor episodes it’s worked great. I was up and about on light duties in 48 hours. . DO NOT have a spinal fusion unless it’s an absolute last resort.
     
  7. Loner

    Loner Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Glad you had success with your dyscetomy op , looks like you can now do all those things you have wanted to do for a long time . When the NHS has success as in your case, then it bears well with the general public.
     
  8. Keepers

    Keepers Member

    Location:
    Overton
    Yes, I have horrendous pain across lower back, mainly to one side and it travels down my legs

    It feels like lightening, it’s slightly alleviated by lying flat on a hard ground with legs up, but then the tingling in my legs gets strong and they go dead.

    Problem is I don’t exactly have a desk job... it’s very physical working with large beef animals, and I do often get shunted around :facepalm:
     
  9. Loner

    Loner Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Sorry to hear that, but it would be best to avoid the bully beef for a while , maybe get some help with that .
     
  10. Keepers

    Keepers Member

    Location:
    Overton
    Yes that’s what they said, they said as I am young they would prefer heavy treatment only later on

    However they said it was busy these days and hard to get an mri, although I have been told that would probably reveal a lot more than just a scan?

    Will wait and see I guess, if/when it goes again then hopefully can do more for it
     
  11. Loner

    Loner Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    When I had my back problem initially the hospital did provide me with a back brace,bit like a corset with steel ribs inside it. It did help for some time,problem was when you removed it , it was like a pressure relief and you had to again rest for about half hour.
    In the end the missus had the brace for herself, she said it was very up lifting?.
     
  12. Bald Rick

    Bald Rick Member

    Location:
    Anglesey
    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but I slipped a disc in the lower back when I was 32. At 57 I still suffer chronic pain that I alleviate with a weight lifters belt when working. Occasionally it will “go” again and the agony will literally drive me to the floor.
    As for returning to work, you must be guided by your back.
     
  13. james ds

    james ds Member

    Location:
    leinster
    I had something similar with a bull I was showing at a sale , he got a fright and jumped on top of me crushing my chest and back , broke 6 ribs and
    a bone in my spine , the bones took 6 weeks but my biggest problem was muscle damage , I couldn't turn or twist my back for a few months , then came the time for sowing beet and I sow for hire so I had to get back on the tractor to sow , it speeded up my recovery as all the turning and twisting to keep an eye on the seeder was better than any physio. I could never run as fast after as it would cause me pain in the lower back but I did go on to have a good career pulling tug o war with no ill effects . My advice is to get back working a bit by bit approach as this will help recovery . You can't do any more harm just don't be lifting anything heavy.
     
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  14. I would seek the advice of a consultant as soon as you can. They will want a scan. I would not get anywhere near a tractor seat if it was me, that flexing up and down is not good. As others have said they do remedial surgery by keyhole these days, it isn't as scary as it might sound. I hope they can sort you out and soon. Back problems can be murder to live with, taking painkillers long term is not advisable.
     
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  15. Mark C

    Mark C Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Just keep asking , lay it on the line that you are in agony and need help.
     
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  16. br jones

    br jones Member

    As long as it takes,one chance or you could be buggered for life ,
     
  17. Blod

    Blod Member

    I got crushed between a cow and a gate. Cracked 2 vertebrae low down but no crushed disc, just snagged the spinal cord on a scratchy bit. It wasn’t until I went private after a year of pretty much agony that I got got sorted. In my experience NHS is hopeless on backs.
     
  18. kill

    kill Member

    Location:
    South West
    Push for an MRI but expect it to have got better before you get the MRI as waits are long .
    My second MRI they found severe dangerous restrictions within my spinal canal and amazed how quickly the NHS could actually move as I been under the knife within the next 24 hours
     
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  19. AJR75

    AJR75 Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    Totally with @kill on this one. Don't be in a rush to get back to work- your back will let you know but it will take some time. Definitely get an MRI so that you can find out exactly what's going on in there. You can then get a better prognosis and also start plotting your rehab which you'll need to help recovery.

    I was an idiot and just kept going through worsening back/ leg pain to the point where it would take me over an hour to get out of bed in the morning and another hour just to stand up straight. The pain was awful and I munched painkillers like smarties and drunk like a fish just to take the edge off, in the end, morphine on top of everything else was the only thing to touch it. 2 trips to A & E within 24 hours resulted in discharges both times in spite of my lower leg going numb and wooden during the time there. Their flawed strength tests combined with my activity level didn't correlate in their book with how bad things actually were, they also examined the wrong leg the first time. My GP reviewed the case the following day and I had the knife that evening but for me it was too late and the nerves controlling the inner head (power part) of my left calf had been compressed for too long and were damaged beyond repair.

    In hindsight it was all avoidable had I sought help sooner and not just tried to be a hero to myself and ignore the pain- take it easy and good ,luck in your recovery.
     
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  20. Do you have access to a specialist clinic or a specialist within your hospital system, being a young fellow you need to get expert information so that you can plan how to go forward with your life and the treatment you may need, do not try to work until you have all the facts or you may make your condition worse.
    As this incident took place at work you should be covered by workers comp insurance or whatever is the UK equivalent.
     

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