Yay! Back not broken. No compression fracture showing. Got a call this evening. Lots of arthritis at L2,L3, but that's not where the pain is! It's way down at L5 where it went "pop," actually made a noise and slipping feeling like something bursting out, when I hauled the grandson out from under the Christmas tree where he was grabbing glass balls. That's where it hurts intolerably, beyond trigger point injections, tramadol, Vicodin, Percocet, Norco, diazepam, TENS, prednisone, Advil, heat pad, ice, little hot tub, and several of them in multiple doses and together. I still don't know what I really did.
Temazepam (Restoril) is working - at only 15 mg. It's not usually prescribed as a muscle relaxant but as a hypnotic - for sleep. It's working fine for that too, only up a couple of times, not every hour or two with the shoulder. Of course I can't take it during the day, so I suffer after noon. It's helping the awful pain from the shoulder surgery where nothing else did too!
I'm supposed to wear my back brace for a while, but it doesn't do anything for this pain. Bending doesn't hurt. It's sitting and driving!
I hope whatever popped heals before I have to go off this stuff. It's usually limited to 10 days to 2 weeks. Can you see a slipped disk on X-ray? I know torn muscles don't show.