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    Old 11-01-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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    T6,7 herniated causing deformity to spinal cord

    I injured my back at work. While lifting a man. My T6,7 herniated onto my spinal cord, causing a contusion. The vertebrae slid and now pinching and deforming my spinal cord. I have burning sensation in my back that goes through my chest. I have incontinence, leg weakness. I walk with a cane. I feel like my stomach is distended to the max. I cant lift my left big toe or the leg. I have no reflexes in my knees. Numbness in peri area, buttocks and legs. I have fallen 4 or 5 times. Spranging my right ankle, dislocating my left toe, and even breaking toe. My whole life has changed for the worse. I was taking narcotics, muscle relaxers, lidoderm patches, etc. But I quit when nothing seemed to be working. I am in constant pain. I also have herniated L2,3,4,5, and a extra 6th lumbar that I was born with. I had one back surgery on lumbar with out success. No doctor would explain what was wrong with me and only repeated over and over... We can't do surgery it is to risky. But offered me nothing to help me cope with this daily pain, numbness, weakness, incontinent.... etc. They treated me like I had the plague. In the end.. they had no answers so they wanted to put in the simulator. I was not comfortable with that and went off on my own. I contact the spine center in MPLS, MN and my prayers were answered. I met with my Dr. and was treated with respect, kindness, and validation. I see my Dr. on the 4th to find out if I will have surgery. They perform this surgery frequently and are comfortable performing it. It is an aggressive surgery but if I don't have it, the longer i wait, the more permanent the symptoms associated with the injury become. What made me so mad, was I could of had this surgery a year ago and maybe wouldn't have some of the permanent things that i do now have. I hope this will help others with similar injury to not give up and sometimes you have to go to another State to get help you need. GOD BLESS! I will post updates.

     
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    Old 11-03-2011, 08:05 AM   #2
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    Re: T6,7 herniated causing deformity to spinal cord

    Welcome to the board. It is frustrating to have to go from one specialist to another to find the help you need, but i am pleased that you have finally located someone who understands your issues. Minneapolis has been a center of spinal innovation since the early years of treatment for spinal disorders.

    I hope you will be able to have surgery and that it will be successful. Don't give up on the nerves that you feel are permanently damaged. They may surprise you! You probably won't get everything back, but there is an opportunity to regain most feeling and function.

    Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

     
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    Re: T6,7 herniated causing deformity to spinal cord

    Went to Dr. In Mpls today. I will be having surgery. Waiting only on Insurance Co. I have hope finnaly and thanks for replying. I wont give up hope that one day my symptoms wont be as severe as they are right now. Thanks for helping me remember there IS still hope. I am writing this using my phone or i would write more. I will post updates. . Ty again

     
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    Re: T6,7 herniated causing deformity to spinal cord

    I'm delighted they can help you and that they are experienced in dealing with thoracic issues.

    It is important to remain optimistic that you will make a near complete recovery. I was told I would have permanent nerve damage...and while technically I guess I do still have a little bit, it is so minor that I tend to report NO nerve damage....

    Did the surgeon offer any suggestions as to whether the incontinence and leg weakness would clear up?

    Please keep us informed of your surgery and recovery. Sending all good wishes your way....TT.

     
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