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    Old 02-26-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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    Thoracic Spinal Fusion after 25 foot fall

    First, thanks for reading my post!

    I am posting this on behalf of my 57 year old father. On 11/15, my father fell 25 feet while coming down from his tree stand while hunting. He suffered broken ribs (they have healed properly) and a burst fracture in two locations in the upper thoracic region. Doctors decided he did not need surgery and they sent him to rehab after being in the ICU for 6 days. Fast forward to December 15th. He was sent to the hospital after being seen by his spinal specialist because my father was in AGONY. Far too much pain. Scans at the hospital showed that his burst fracture had collapsed and he went sent in for spinal fusion surgery for the upper thoracic region. They had to use rods, screws, and a cadaver bone in place of the collapsed bone.

    After surgery, he suffered for 4 weeks in so much pain that he couldn't handle it and was placed back in the hospital. Again they did scans and saw that it was starting to fuse, although small. They changed my fathers medication from oxycodone to time release morphine pills. Ever since the new medication, he has slowly started to get better. He has been able to sit for longer periods of time, walk around a bit more, and smile. Our only concern is the amount of pain he still has. It is more manageable now and we do see slow progress, but should he still be in this amount of pain with the medication he is on? His level is usually at a 6, maybe a five if its a good day.

    I just wanted some input from others!

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