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Old 01-15-2012, 07:10 AM   #1
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Almost two years ago I was in an automobile accident where I had compression fractures of t5 and t7. T5 has healed but t7 is the problem. From my last Dr appt, the Ct scan shows that T7 has scalopped. thus chronic pain and discomfort. Dr stated that first two drs and radiologist were wrong with their diagnosis. Not much we can do now. I have tried to see pain managment specialist who stated that they can't help me. Other dr's won't see me because it was from an auto accident. I had to change the car I drive to one without lumbar support and I can drive pain free. But it's everything else. Lifting?? forget about it. I need to get a new mattress either pillow top or a therapedic but where do I get the $$ from before settlement custom shoes to make my walking better? etc. Any suggestions for treatment would be appreciated. Some days the back is so bad (just throbbing pain) that I have difficulty concentrating on my job. Oh yes last dr stated that I have permanent disability, just waiting for his report so I can proceed with my attorney.


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Old 01-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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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 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....

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