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t-12 compression at 26... what's the long term?

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Old 08-16-2004, 02:40 AM   #1
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Question t-12 compression at 26... what's the long term?

Hi everyone,
I am reading this board with a lot of interest. I got into a car accident 26 months ago at 26yo and had a t12 compression fracture. I don't think it was too severe as far as the % compressed because my specialist just said it would heal in 6 weeks and gave me a torso elastic brace. He didn't even say that much was required as a matter of fact. I was back at work in 2 weeks.
So far I've been 90% pain free; I get occasional strain and twinges in that lower-middle area but I am guessing that since i no longer lift anything more than 20 pounds that my muscles are weak; thus when i do stuff like wash dishes or other repetitive motions in one position I get a fatigued, taut feeling there. No nerve symptoms at all, and I thank God sincerely for this every day.

Reading the boards it seems like many (most?) get complications several years (5+?) after their injury. I indeed have been wondering if this is going to really plague me once I hit middle and advanced age. Any of you experts have advice on special chairs, furniture, bedding, minerals/ supplements etc or exercises to ward this off?
Also--this is a bit delicate, but sometimes when I am intimate with my partner at the back of my mind I wonder if any jostling is doing some damage to my spine as far as the injury. (I am a woman, if that makes a difference) Once the scar tissue has healed in the space where there's the "wedge" (or at least this is my understandin gof it?) is it pretty stable? I know it's not as hard as the healthy bone was, but my doctor really didn't say to modify my activity, sexual, work, exercise or otherwise. He told me to let pain be my guide. Should I abandon my dreams of ever donning a frame pack and doing weeklong hikes on Kauai? And I can't find ANY info on the internet about this--if I have children, will it be dangerous and cause extreme pain with the extra weight? I know women even with sound backs often have problems.

Well, in sum, I want to avoid running into pain by being smart now.
So, should I brace myself for a high possibility of future back surgeries, or perhaps the statistics on this board are a bit misleading, since those who have had no post-injury problems probably wouldn't be searching on the internet--? ANy thoughts on alternative therapies for back pain such as chinese medicine or accupuncture?
I'm somewhat worried and would really like some input and advice. Thanks so much.

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Old 08-16-2004, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: t-12 compression at 26... what's the long term?


Sorry to hear about your problems. I am 27 yrs old and was in an auto accident on June 23 and they initially thought I had compression fractures of the vertebrae at t6 and t7, but 2 sets of xrays and an mri later, theyve found I have them at T5 through T11. T6 and T7 are completely shattered. They told me these types of injuries are rare and I should feel better in 6 weeks as well. Well, its been almost 10 weeks and its getting worse. I also have DDD so basically the vertebrae cant even repair themselves. So as far as long term, Im sure everyone is different. My prognosis doesnt seem to promising, I would like to try to avoid surgery but am still getting some seond opinions.
As far as the intimacy question, it is hard, I still cant hardly ride in the car because the jostling feels like my whole spine is falling to pieces. I guess the best advice is know your limites, esp pain wise. Your body will definately tell you when its had too much.
Hopefully some others on here will know bout alternative therapies. Right now I am still on long acting meds for the pain and still seeing no improvement. Good luck, and keep us posted!

Encroachment C4-C8
Compression fractures T5-T8
DDD T9-T10
Retrolisthesis L5-S1

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