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Old 08-07-2004, 12:03 PM   #1
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T11 backpain

Hi Everyone
I have a colapsed vertabrae t11 or t12 and also 2 herniated disc (and a heartattack). im 38 years old im going through alot of pain. ive been to alot of doctors. some say they cannot do nothing for me and say i may be paralyzed if they do surgey. others got me to try pain clinics. the first 3 shots worked for about 1year 6 months. this time i have had 2 more shots i have got a little relief and at 150 dollars a shot. i dont know what todo. i have heard alot of horror stories. im just triing to get some opinions. my nerves are shot.

 
Old 08-07-2004, 04:44 PM   #2
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Re: T11 backpain

Hi, there, and welcome to the boards, though I am sorry you have to be here.
Are you under the care of a spine specialist? I cannot imagine why, with only 2 levels messed up, they would say they can't help you? What do they mean that you would be paralyzed? Have you seen more than one spine surgeon?
It sounds like you might be a candidate for ADR. Have you looked into that at all?
It's a little slow here on the weekends...it might be Monday before you get a lot of replies.

Good luck.

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Old 08-07-2004, 06:00 PM   #3
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Re: T11 backpain

[QUOTE=xtoyota]Hi Everyone
I have a colapsed vertabrae t11 or t12 and also 2 herniated disc (and a heartattack). im 38 years old im going through alot of pain. ive been to alot of doctors. some say they cannot do nothing for me and say i may be paralyzed if they do surgey. others got me to try pain clinics. the first 3 shots worked for about 1year 6 months. this time i have had 2 more shots i have got a little relief and at 150 dollars a shot. i dont know what todo. i have heard alot of horror stories. im just triing to get some opinions. my nerves are shot.[/QUOTE]

Since the shots didn't work, then it is structural and you need to see someone else. I would get on the phone with my insurance co and start looking for someone who can help you. Surgery is not always the answer. In fact, too much of it is being done. You might have to go for quality of life and do pain management.

 
Old 08-07-2004, 06:03 PM   #4
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About 2 years ago when i was refered by a doctor to another surgeon in columbus ga. thats what he said. he said the would have to open me up and move my heart over and go through the front of the chest. that scared me bad.but i went for another opinion at UAB they didnt want to go that route either. but they said the could make a small cut between the ribs. whats is adr? i have 2 doctor apppointments this week one with pain clinic and the other with family doctor. thanks carol

 
Old 08-07-2004, 07:32 PM   #5
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Re: T11 backpain

Hi, Can I ask just a couple of questions? How did your vertebrae collapse? What were you injected with? What levels were you injected? Did the collapse happen before or after the injections?
Deb

 
Old 08-09-2004, 07:44 AM   #6
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hi deb
i hurt my back about 20yrs ago. i dont know how it collasped the vetrabrae. but the shots are steriodos and saline solution. i take 2 shots at t11 and the other in the lower back. i just called the pain clinic and they said since the shots wasnt working i need to go back to my family doctor which i already planned to do. well i fixing to go to the family doc. be back later. sorry about taking so long to write back.


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Old 08-09-2004, 09:40 AM   #7
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ADR: artifical disc replacement

 
Old 08-09-2004, 10:29 AM   #8
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thanks moonlight. i have read alittle about adr. but i didnt think they could in the thoracic area. does anyone have a out of pocket price on it? my doctor is refering me to a surgen sometimes this month. i still dont know what to do.
thanks mike

 
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