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    JERSEYOT UPDATE: I broke my back - in hospital

    Well, I WAS doing very well up until Friday and by Sunday I could barely walk. I called the dr Mond day got an X-ray and he said it looked good and to call Friday if not better. Well I barely made it through Wedmesday and had to go to the ER, we're I was immediately admitted due to severe pain - a CT reveals a T12 fracture. I'm in a TLSO. The dr and myself both thought for itwas all muscle spasm related. After 48 hours I aM finally at starting to get a little relief...very little...my options are:1/ brace and hope doe the best; or 2) surgery.

    I am a mess, emotionally and every other eat way. I don't know what to go AND my surgeon will be doig
    Mission surgery,all next week in Bulgaria! SERIOUSLY!?!?!?! Is this REALLY happening?!?!
    Last edited by jerseyot; 03-31-2012 at 09:37 PM.
    1993/1995: PSF w/ Harrington rods T3-L4
    Jan. 24, 2012: ALIF of L4-L5, L5-S1 w/ cage spacer and BMP
    Jan. 31, 2012: PLIF of L1-S1 w/ pelvic anchors
    Scheduled Nov.15, 2012: Fusion T2-S1 w/ pelvic anchors to fix T12 fracture
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...ot/myback2.jpg - BEFORE
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT2342x406.jpg - AFTER
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT1410x229.jpg - AFTER
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    I am so sorry that this has happened to you.
    You are in my prayers
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Michele

    I am so sorry this happened....sounds very painful. Try to take it easy for now, you know that we always pull through in the end.....things always work out.

    You are no stranger to pain....

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Sorry to read this shocking news. I hope they are able to make you comfortable. How did it happen?
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Do you know what part of the vertebra fractured?
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    You poor thing, how aweful! I was wondering if you knew what happened as well. Do you have to remain in the hospital until your doctor returns, or are they going to brace you and release you and let you decide IF you want surgery again? Does your doc think you NEED surgery, or is he giving you the option? I'm soooo SORRY! Very gentle (((hugs))).
    Be happy!
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    So sorry to hear this...
    Dang.
    I feel your stress and frustration coming through in your post. When will your doc be coming back from Bulgaria?
    If you have to have surgery, it shouldn't be as extensive as what you just went through in January. My thoughts and prayers are with you ;-)
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    So sorry to hear of your troubles. A friend of mine fell on her back when her dog tripped her up and shattered 2 or 3 vertebrae in her thoracic spine and was put in a brace. She was in the hospital for a few days and in the brace for at least 8 weeks and her vertebrae healed just fine without surgery. Wish I could remember the exact specifics, but I don't.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
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    Michele--
    Oh, you poor thing--this is terrible! I wish I had a good answer for you. Please rest and we will all be praying for a positive outcome for you with this. So sorry. Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    I am so sorry!! I hope you are getting some relief from the pain and that it can just repair itself while wearing the brace.

    ((Hugs))
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    I have no idea what type of break you have, but my grandmother fractured one vertebrae that was able to be repaired minimally invasively with an injection of some type of cement type thing. I know, sounds crazy, right? But it drastically reduced her pain and it was easy. Bottom line, I'm hoping there's an easy solution out there for you that will get you out of pain quickly!!
    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confusedmom View Post
    I have no idea what type of break you have, but my grandmother fractured one vertebrae that was able to be repaired minimally invasively with an injection of some type of cement type thing. I know, sounds crazy, right? But it drastically reduced her pain and it was easy. Bottom line, I'm hoping there's an easy solution out there for you that will get you out of pain quickly!!
    That's why I asked what part of the vertebra broke. Kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty are really simple surgeries, with routinely excellent results.

    --Linda
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
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    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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    Hi! I am so sorry that happened! So are they going to need to do surgery again? I am still in bed and in alot of pain. I wanted to keep in touch with you so we can see how we are healing. How are your kids? This must be really stressful on you and them. I love ya and know I am thinking about you.

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    Oh Michele - I'm so sorry to see this! How did it happen? Praying for healing & relief for you.
    Mom of 14yo son diagnosed Oct 2011
    Surgery 1/3/12 w Dr. Geof Cronen,
    Tampa General Hospital T3 to L1
    Jacob's pre surg curves: T58 & L31 12/28/11
    photos & xrays in "First-Time Surgery" thread "Before & After"

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    How are you doing?

    Hi Michele,

    I have been thinking of you and worried that you have not posted. I hope you are doing ok, and please update us when you can.
    Gayle, age 49
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/16 6 yrs post-op, 24*T/ 22* L, mild increase in curves, watching

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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