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    Old 01-04-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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    Compression wedge fracture of T11 and T12

    Hi there,

    I am new to this board. I joined as I would like to know what others have experienced.
    On Aug 15,2016, I slipped on some water which was on the tile in my dining room. I went airborne and landed curled on my back. I ended up in the hospital for 3 days with a compression wedge fracture of T11 and T12. Extremely painful. I was off work for over 12 weeks. No brace, no surgery. Just physical therapy and meds. At my last appointment my ortho dr basically said it's as good as it's going to get, and that in a couple years my body should be "used" to the pain. I was very shocked to hear this as all along I had believed that I would heal completely and be back to normal. I am still taking pain meds, muscle relaxers, as well as anti inflammatory meds. I still have quite a bit of pain. Some days are better than others. The pain I experience feels like my vertebrae hurt. It's not muscle pain. The ortho doc indicates the vertebrae have collapsed and healed. I now have an unnatural bend in my back. He also told me to find a new career. That is difficult as I have done 2 things career wise in my life and now I am told I can do neither. Ortho basically instructed me to work with family doctor and make sure I am getting what I need for pain meds. I really don't know if I should get a second opinion, or maybe pursue surgery or something? I can't imagine living with this pain for the rest of my life, nor can I imagine living on pain meds either. I wanted to reach out and see what anyone else has experienced. Oh, and I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis, full blown. This is a result of my hysterectomy at age 28 (I am 42 now) and not being able to find a good fit with hormone replacement, therefore not taking any all these years. I am on injections for that every 6 mos. I just don't know what to do. The pain is not getting any better, and most days I struggle to do my job. I also require much more help around the house than I ever did. I am/was a very independent person who works 60+ hours every week, raised 5 kids, and took care of everything at home. It's difficult for me to be so dependent on others at work and at home. It's just my husband and I now, but I feel so bad for him. Anyone else dealing with or having dealt with this sort of thing?

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    Re: Compression wedge fracture of T11 and T12

    Welcome to the board. I am sorry you are still in pain. It sounds like you won't get any further with this orthopedic, so I would spend some time looking for a new spine specialist. I would do this as soon as possible as the longer out from the fracture, the harder it may be to effect any change in what has healed on its own.

    I'm not sure what can be done now, but I would definitely get at least one other opinion to either confirm that or provide new treatment possibilities. Ask about either vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty which are both used in treating compression fractures.

    It sounds like osteoporosis was the underlying reason why the fracture occurred when you fell.

    You don't need to go through your PCP to find a new spine specialist. You can search online in your area, read up on various specialists ...sometimes in the doctor's bio it will list procedures. If so, look for vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty. Many spine docs do not require a referral -- you can call up and make an appointment.

    With your change in posture I would be concerned that it might result in further vertebral collapse in the future...and for this reason, it is worth getting a second opinion.

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