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    Old 03-07-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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    T7-8 cord compression

    I've been injured since 2011.

    It's affected me greatly. I'm at this point, hurting and/or on opiates.

    No surgery for me. Pain in back and ribs and more recently down right arm and down right leg.

    Because it's on the job, I've had to get an attorney and I can't talk directly to insurance company. The very minimum has been done medically.

    I've reported sciatic leg pain to Dr., but he brushes it off...

    I'd appreciate anything here.

     
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    Old 03-08-2016, 07:57 PM   #2
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    Welcome to the board. Have you been able to consult with either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon for an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment?

     
    Old 03-08-2016, 08:12 PM   #3
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    I met with Dr Ragel of OHSU, Dr Sherman of Eugene, Oregon and Dr Long of Corvallis OR. All are considered leader of my area.

    All say the same. Not a good idea to follow the path to surgery. I hope someone will point me to a yes solution.

     
    Old 03-09-2016, 09:16 AM   #4
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    Thoracic surgery is very difficult due to the existence of the rib cage' so surgeons try to avoid it if possible. Were you given suggestions for conservative treatments?

    It sounds like the compression may be getting worse since you are developing new symptoms in the limbs, including sciatic pain.

    You might want to consult with a physiatrist. This is a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Some specialize in orthopedic and spine cases and are very good at all methods to get one back to functioning short of surgery.

     
    Old 03-09-2016, 09:44 AM   #5
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    Also, are some of these symptoms in the limbs new since you consulted with a spine surgeon? Did you have a fracture or something the doctor thought would heal or were they aware there is cord compression?

     
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

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    Welcome to the board. Have you been able to consult with either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon for an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment?

     
    Old 03-12-2016, 10:03 AM   #7
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    I just again spent 2 days in Portland.

    I was told:
    ●try to get off opiates (already on a decrease schedule. Already tried Gabapenton for a year on high dose, but did not work.

    ●try to stop taking Ibuprofen
    ●try to not wear a thoracic brace (I wear it when I need to be up for longer durations and I get so fatigued u can't keep my posture / composure).
    ●try to refrain from accepting any more spinal injections
    ●no surgery is an option

    I left feeling left with no options for a quality of life. It's taken 90% of my activities from me. I was 5'11 175lbs. I was running high cascade trails on the weekends and staying in top shape by running lower elevation trails around Eugene Oregon. I am now 240 lbs and walk at a slow pace to keep the impact of my every step from hurting me. I feel pain w every twist, every step, every pt exercise. Dr recommend for 4 years to take whatever amount of opiates it takes to stay up and moving. To be as active as possible. I've done so. I've tried to do as much as I can. I've fought to not allow this to take anything from me. I've constantly had to realize my limitations. I've has to think back to the day before asking myself, "What did I do yesterday (while heavily medicated) that is causing my pain today. This was the advice from a pain psychologist. He encouragede to get a fit bit and analyse my activities to see what not to do. This has helped. I try now to refrain. I am conscious of activities that cause pain. For example, I'm slower going down stairs on medication. If it hurts off medication, it hurts on 260mg morphine/day... I was not feeling the pain and just as 2 doctors ordered, took medication and took on anything my body would allow. Then, I'd wake as pain overcame medication, asking why am I hurting so bad? Why? It's Been a cycle of pain and w pain medication, it alleviates the sharp, but I keep a dull ache that never ever leaves and it's wearing. It's a constant reminder of limitation. It's like a magnet in my back that needs to find a place to lay down. I even lay down in stores if in too long. Even with my brace, enough is enough. I'm easily fatigued, I'm easily angered, my adrenaline shoots up uncontrolled. I struggle with being impatient. My daughter is married and off to an air force base. My wife works for both of us. My son is now 17. Wife and son do a tremendous amount for me. This has affected us all.

     
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

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    Thoracic surgery is very difficult due to the existence of the rib cage' so surgeons try to avoid it if possible. Were you given suggestions for conservative treatments?

    It sounds like the compression may be getting worse since you are developing new symptoms in the limbs, including sciatic pain.

    You might want to consult with a physiatrist. This is a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Some specialize in orthopedic and spine cases and are very good at all methods to get one back to functioning short of surgery.

     
    Old 03-13-2016, 12:43 PM   #9
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    Doctor (a pain specialist) has been dismissive when I have reported sciatic pain. Just 6 or so months ago, I was hardly able to walk. Both legs were so affected, I could barely make it from bed to the couch. Holding onto both walls down my hall. It lasted more than a month. Left leg subsided. Right leg has consistently ached bad. In recent weeks, my whole right side has ached just like my sciatic, my right arm felt like it had a sciatic nerve. I can not walk normal swinging my arms. That has always been he case since injury. My right arm pain has subsided, but not fully gone away.

     
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

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    Also, are some of these symptoms in the limbs new since you consulted with a spine surgeon? Did you have a fracture or something the doctor thought would heal or were they aware there is cord compression?

     
    Old 03-13-2016, 12:52 PM   #11
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    I'm dealing with a Dr who is a pain specialist. He's dismissive of there being any link to sciatic nerves from thoracic pain when I've brought it up.
    I don't know about a fracture. I have only had MRIs (3).
    I've gotten insurance to pay for injections in my elbows. I did nerve damage to both ulnar nerves to point of both pinky/ring fingers. I sit upright more than just a few minutes and I'm bearing weight down on elbows to arms of chairs. It feels good to alleviate pressure in my back to do so.
    Unrelated, I've got a right arm pain akin to the sciatic pain I've had in both legs, but currently resides in right leg only.

     
    Old 03-13-2016, 01:09 PM   #12
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    I'd like to ad that I've been sent to 4 physical capacity exams and to 3 Independant Medical Exams.
    I get grilled everyone over mechanism of injury, to the point of insult.
    My first insurance IME doctor misquoted the report he had from the first neurosurgeon I visited. The IME doctor inserted the word, "Not," claiming in his report that when I first saw a neurosurgeon, I did [not] have pain eminating from T7-8.
    My Doctor saw this and wrote a long letter pointing out the IME doctor had misquoted the neurosurgeon. Now, every time I see a new IME doctor, they read too passively over the thread of dialogue and requesting me on the same petty questions.
    I fell hard enough to hear my ribs Crack. I painfully gathered the things I was carrying trying to buck it up. I was on my way to the last scheduled meeting of my day. I drove to the meeting, but by the time I got to the meeting I was nauseous and threw up in the restroom and cancelled the weekend to go see a doctor. I went to urgent care. Xray showed no breaks. I was sent home and told to rest n see an occasional med Dr when I could get in. I reported my whole top body ached, but since I was holding my ribs, the focus was on ribs. My next appointment (5 days from my fall) Doctor is including in report that I'm complaining of back pain. I had been reporting it. It was ignored. Totally disregarded. It took months to finally get an MRI and sure enough, I had a disk pushed into my cord, causing minor compression and a lot of pain. Noone would take it serious except my Doctor. He fought for me. Then he retired. Since that time, I made the best effort possible to keep a job for 1.5 years, before I could not take it any longer. I had to go out and use up FMLA. I'm on my back far more than Im up. Rest when I need it, has been my best friend, but nobody is interested in leaving me alone. It's very frustrating.

     
    Old 03-13-2016, 01:19 PM   #13
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    I believe I've gotten minimal care. Minimal answers. I've never heard of anyone who pain like mine getting no imaging. No care. Just left to live with it and reluctantly given injections and given 260 morphine equivalent / day. It's not the fault of doctors. It's a funding problem. Insurance company don't want to care for this problem. I'm left with minimal activity. Minimal motion. A lot of limiting pain.
    I hope for a surgery, but that came up as immpossible. I am tapering off opiates. I don't want to destroy my organs. I just found out a couple days ago I should also limit my injections and if the first 3 or 4 didn't work, it likely will not help in the future. An internal electrostimulator would be too close to my heart. It's like there are no options.

     
    Old 03-13-2016, 01:38 PM   #14
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    The reason I mention all of the above is I believe there were many things happening that delayed my getting the help I needed.

     
    Old 03-13-2016, 01:42 PM   #15
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    Re: T7-8 cord compression

    The idea from doctors of getting a lot of medication and insisting I be as active as possible, had me in the ER for extreme pain a half dozen times.

    Sorry for numerous posts. I'm recalling all kinds of frustrating things. It feels good to jus vent. I hope by giving a complete picture, I might find solid advice.

     
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