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she fell and hurt her back...since then she tells me she is tired of being in pain and living like this...she does not eat well and sometimes she can sit and just stare into space...her eyes seem glossy and greyish...what is happening to my mother

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Take her to the doctor and get help for her pain. Physical therapy or other? Get ahold of the grandkids and tell them grandma needs encouragement, NEEDS it, to come see her, send her cards... Have a lovely lunch & cards game for her with her friends. Help her get her mind on something else. Help her by taking her shopping for a new spring outfit for Easter. She'll like seeing herself in it. Go to a great place for lunch like Olive Garden, invite one of her special friends.
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Tell us a bit more about how her back is hurt. Is she having trouble walking? Does she take a pain reliever?

Back pain is a very common problem for older people. It is very discouraging for them. People can tell them they will feel better if they get up and busy or go out for a walk, but the pain keeps them from doing that. I empathize completely. Do the therapists suggest any ways that the back pain can be eased? Some cities have spinal pain management centers that she could benefit from.

My mother has spinal stenosis and is very stooped. She has back pain that is very discouraging to her. She takes Tylenol III and still goes for the occasional walk when the weather permits. The walks (with a rollator) wear her back out, but she feels better mentally when she does it. She also feels better when she goes outside to sit on her swing and talk to neighbors. I will be glad when the weather warms so she can go out again. I think the lift in her mood helps her to forget about the pain in her back for a while.
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