Re: Compression fractures to T5 and T7
Welcome to the board. I'm sorry your life has been turned upside down by a car accident and the damage it caused. You are in a good city in which to have a back injury as there are many wonderful specialists there...if you can get them to see you, I suppose.
Do you know if the T7 has collapsed? I'm not sure how it works with a car accident...do you have to tell the doctor that your injury is the result of an accident? Will your own insurance not pay for a consultation with a specialist?
If you can get around that issue somehow, I would suggest you see an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Rothman Institute. I would suggest Alexander R. Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D. who in addition to being a spine surgeon has a doctoral degree in spine trauma. I would think he could help you; if not, he should be able to refer you to appropriate pain management doctors or facilities.
Not that many spine specialists are comfortable working on the thoracic spine as they just don't get all that many cases. It may be that you have just not found the right doctor to help you yet. Sometimes with spine problems, we have to keep hunting until we run across the right doctor who can help us.
Don't resign yourself to a lifetime of pain. Try to keep looking for a doctor who can help you. And please let us know how are doing....