Six long and very difficult years later, physically and emotionally, and 20 facial
reconstruction surgeries later, I'm as ok as I'm going to get.
My back is similar to yours. T 3, 5 & 7 burst fractures. Entire thoracic spine fused, rods from C6 to waist.
Because of the fusion and rods bolted onto my ribs, when my back hurts alot, the pain wraps around to my chest. All I can do is lay down.
I don't do drugs because I researched them, and my opinion of them was confirmed.