A quick hello and a quick thank you to everyone for all of their support to everyone here on these boards.
My mother has suffered from Osteoarthritis for many many years, refused any sort of treatment for fear of adverse reactions. 6 years ago, she fell and broke her hip and wrist, after she healed from that she had a shoulder replacement. Her bones were brittle enough that the surgeon said the diseased bone crumbled away when he went in to the joint. This was the experience that soured her - her doctor was one of those 'I really hate giving pain meds - the pain is not THAT bad' - and after one PT session and her begging, he gave her 10 low dose pills and told her to tough it out - she gave up and refused to go back. I do not live near her, and was not aware of all of this at the time.
Fast forward three years: Pain clinic has ignored her complaints of new and worsening back pain. After listening to me and finally taking my advice, she went to a new doc who found she had old compression fracture in her entire L-spine and a very NEW fracture in T12.
After consulting with one of the Physician Assistants, who has proven to be far more invested and thorough than ANY of the docs, I was a bit fearful that they would NOT do Kyphoplasty due to the amount of older fractures and the condition of her bones.
To my surprise, they are doing it - today. I am hitting the road in about an hour so I can be there and finally talk to the doctor, but I am concerned about the condition of her bones and the possibility of further damage.
My husband had this procedure a few years ago so I am very familiar with it - but his was due to a fall.
1) Has anyone had experience with Kypho with this severity of OA?
2) What type of medication/Physical Therapy are they going to recommend after the procedure?
3) Will this 'straighten' her? She is complaining that she is so hunched over that her ribs are hurting - it was this final T12 that really did the most damage.
4) Are there anything else I need to discuss with the surgeon?
I apologize for any rambling: I am exhausted from a three month Bronchitis and an overload of work and haven't been reading my medical info - so I am very 'off' on a lot of this. A few years ago, I would have done all of the research beforehand and would be able to ANSWER these questions. I am very disappointed in myself.
Is there anything else I need to be worrying about? It has been like pulling teeth to get any decent pain medication for her - I am disgusted by that.
Again, thank you.