About 6 weeks ago, I fell & fractured my back T-12, which caused T-11 & T-13 to compress. The Dr did a balloon kyphoplasty, which seemed to work fine - however, ever since I had the surgery I am having severe pain in my right hip which goes down the front of my thigh. Sometimes when I cross my right leg, my foot goes numb & sometimes it feels I have something tightening around my right ankle. The Dr said it was probably inflammation - put me in a back brace, gave me a steroid shot in my hip and started me on a 7 day treatment of the depo-medrol dose pack - I have received no relief from this treatment. .......Anyone idea what is going on...or has anyone else had this problem after this type surgery?
Last edited by bjray; 03-09-2010 at 04:35 PM.
Reason: Sorry it was T-12, not L-12
I too have had a Kyphoplasty on my T12 the first week in January. I fractured it when I was at work in November. Well, I am still off work and here it is March. I am still in allot of pain. Doctor for work comp is a neurologist and by the Cray the vertebra looks ok. I do have several other things wrong which may have been aggravated by the fracture that were pre-wxisting, like bulging disks in several disk as well as protrusions. I have an appointment set for April 7TH with another Dr. who is a Neurosurgeon. He already has my MRI'S. My private insurance will most likely pay for this because I have been treated by the other Dr. for the work injury only.
I'm not sure what may be causing your pain. I still wear a brace most of the time. and take pain meds. every day. I do have pain in my back on the right side and left side to my hips and buttocks. If you haven't had an MRI, now would be a good time to ask your DR. if he would do one. I am 59, and this fracture has also put me into Osteopenia which is early Osteoporosis. Please let us know what happens, and keep going back to your Dr. One thing my Dr. said was that everyone recovers from this in there own time and way.(the fracture), and sometimes it just takes awhile to recover.
Thank you Precious 55 for responding. I too was injured at work on Feb 2nd moving a file cabinet. I was transported to the hosp ER because the pain was excruciating - I was in tears. They immediately admitted me the 2nd, performed my surgery on the 6th and released me on the 8th. I am 57 and my surgeon said I also have osteoporosis. He did an MRI prior to my surgery. My back pain has been somewhat manageable since my surgery but only with the pain meds & muscle relaxers, BUT nothing seems to ease my hip, buttock and leg pain. I thought I would be healed and basically free of pain by now....I realize I'm quite impatient BUT I thought the surgery would, as my neurosurgeon said, "fix me right up".....which hasn't been the case thus far. I see my family Dr tomorrow and think I will go ahead and schedule an appt with my neurosurgeon - again!! I fear this is going to be a longer healing process than I anticipated. Will keep you posted on my progress and you do the same with me. Wishing you the best on your April 7th Dr visit - hopefully you will get some relief.
[QUOTE=Precious55;4248815]Hi BJray, I was wondering how you were doing?[/QUOTE]
Hi Precious. I'm still in a lot of pain on my right side....Good Days and Bad Days... My family physician is treating it with Soma and he did start me on neurontin which helps some. I had a repeat MRI a few weeks ago and it looks good, so their philosophy is "'we don't see anything, so apparently nothing is wrong". He says with the location of my injury, there's no logic for the pain I'm experiencing and it can't be justified......Go figure! Still totally exhausting because I can't do my normal routine. Guess I just have to live with it because I don't know what else to do and apparently the Drs don't believe my pain level.
Thank you so much for the follow-up asking about my progress.
I fractured my T12 vertebrae from a fall Mar 2011. I have been on percasett, then after surgery on vicaden. This is now August. I am still taking 1/2 vicaden. If I do not , I will be in a lot of pain. My lower b ack was horribly bruised and my left foot keeps going numb. After I finish this bottle, the surgeon says I should be able to only use advil or tylenol for the discomfort. The pain is lessening, but this whole thing is very troubling. I do not like taking drugs. I am trying not to. I only take 1/2 of a pill as needed for pain and try to tolerate as much as I can. Yesterday I put away books from painting my bedroom. I am having horrible pain. I took a vicaden and laid down on my recliner. It feels better today, but I am scared of having more pain.
I had surgery May 2011, this is October 2011, STILL IN PAIN. the surgeon released me says he cannot do anything else for me. I am daily in pain, taking pain medication daily the only thing I can say is the T 12 vertebrae is stabalized, but I am in constant pain. any advice? I am seeing a chiropractor for heat packs and massage weekly.
I fractured T 12 vertebrae 3/2011, surgery 5/2011, this is Jan 2012 I am still in tons of pain ortho surgeon released me, refused me more PT, I sit here daily inpain can do very little activity without a lot of discomfort. I visit the chiropractor weekly, what a mess!
Have you gone to a different spine specialist for a new consultation? It may be that another problem has developed, or that the kyphoplasty has failed, or something is out of place and causing more pain. Find someone in a different medical group or practice, or even a specialist in another city. Sometimes the original surgeon becomes frustrated when the patient is still in pain, and a new set of eyes is able to see something the original doctor is now overlooking.
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[QUOTE=bjray;4200712]About 6 weeks ago, I fell & fractured my back T-12, which caused T-11 & T-13 to compress. The Dr did a balloon kyphoplasty, which seemed to work fine - however, ever since I had the surgery I am having severe pain in my right hip which goes down the front of my thigh. Sometimes when I cross my right leg, my foot goes numb & sometimes it feels I have something tightening around my right ankle. The Dr said it was probably inflammation - put me in a back brace, gave me a steroid shot in my hip and started me on a 7 day treatment of the depo-medrol dose pack - I have received no relief from this treatment. .......Anyone idea what is going on...or has anyone else had this problem after this type surgery?[/QUOTE]
did the pain ever go away?? so would you recommend the kyphoplasty? i'm thinking of having it done.
I have had nothing but horrible pain since my Kyphoplasty a year and a half ago. I guess this is from nerve damage, and it was so bad after the surgery that I had to go to the emergency room two days later. I have pain from nerve damage in SO many places now. I felt a lot better before the surgery, but I thought I should have it so I wouldn't get hunched over from the fracture of my first Lumbar. I was so wrong, and I'm still paying on some of the bills.
I had a well-respected surgeon who has done thousands of these surgeries. He told me there was an 80% chance I would get up off the table with no pain at all. I have taken a medical leave to try various pain medications, and most make me incredibly sick to my stomach. I decided no drugs. That would be trading one problem for another. I've had (aqua) physical therapy and acupunture. They both seemed to help, but it was temporary.
Before the surgery, I was comfortable in a sitting position only. Now I'm in pain no matter what position I'm in. I would NOT do it again!!!
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[QUOTE=ques19;5037141]did the pain ever go away?? so would you recommend the kyphoplasty? i'm thinking of having it done.[/QUOTE]
I had a kyphoplasty six months after I fell and fractured my first lumbar vertebra (insurance change made it drag out that long). I went into the hospital in rediculous pain and walked out on my own with MUCH less pain. However, it has been over a year and a half since the surgery and physical therapy and I still have a pain mostly from the top of my left buttock down my left leg. Still, it beats the amount of pain I was in without the khyphoplasty. Each person reacts differently. I know what helps me is water aerobics, hot soaks and meds. Unfortunately I think my Dr. is going to take me off the pain meds which leaves me with nothing but Tylenol and that has never helped any pain I've ever had! So, go for the surgery. Even though I'm not totally pain free, I'm in much less pain than I was. I also have osteoporosis so some of that pain may be from that. I'm almost 60 so maybe I just wore out a bit too early!
Try turmeric, I got some take two tablets in the morning two at night. It is helping. Inflammation is my problem and this helps me. Not much side effects look into it healthy alternative? get also a tim stimulator takes the pain down a bit too.