Attached is a picture of my back. For reasons known only to God, I have no paralysis, loss of feeling, or tingling. As far as I or my doctors can tell, I have had no damage to the spinal cord. I take 300mgs of ibuprofen a couple of times a day for pain. I do understand I am incredibly lucky. I am a 55 YOA male. I was in excellent physical condition when I was hurt.
I can sit for 1 or 2 hours without pain. I can walk approximately .5 miles without pain. If I use my arms to do any light lifting, my back will start to hurt. The injury happened 8 weeks ago.
The reason I don't take pain medication is because if I lay down for 15 minutes, the pain will go away and I'm set for another one or two hours without pain. So, pain medication is overkill.
My questions are:
(1) How long until I recover? Is it 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 20 weeks?
(2) Will I fully recover? I get the feeling that the answer is, "you'll know in six months".
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