Plan on 2 weeks of pretty intense pain and difficulty getting out of chairs, getting out of bed, breathing, bending over, etc. WHATEVER you do, don't cough, sneeze, laugh or get constipated. I broke a couple and thought I was going to be OK after a couple of days. Then I sneezed and dislodged them a couple days later. WAY worse. Also, depends on how old you are, but yeah, it's incredibly painful. It was absolutely as painful as when I had a broken back. maybe worse. Get a kidney or lifting belt to wrap around you - velcro - like the guys have to wear at home depot. I don't know if it helps, but it reminds you not to do those simple things you forget about that KILL you with intense pain. Feel better.