Fractured L2, need to whine, hoping for support....

Fractured L2, need to whine, hoping for support....

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Fractured L2, need to whine, hoping for support....

Hi everyone. I have been posting on Spine-Health for awhile now but it has always been with questions about my neck. I thought I had that under control and then I was in a one car accident last Monday and I fractured my L2 vertebra. I ran off the road and did an end-over-end flip. Landing right side up and in a tremendous amount of pain in my lower back. Thank God I already had a spine specialist that I see for my neck so I was able to get right in and see her. She said that I needed to have the Kyphoplasty done, but my insurance won't cover it. I'm too young or something (34). So, it apears I will be doing this the hard way.....bracing and bed rest for 3 to 5 months. Bed rest is hard for me. I have children, a husband and a full time job. I need to be up taking care of my responsibilities. If anyone has been through this, please let me know how you managed. What was your outcome after bedrest and bracing? What are your long term problems, if any? Were you able to go back to work full time? I feel like a useless burden right now and I want so badly for this to be over.

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Contact me

I just sent you a PM and hope you get it. I too am in the same situation. It's BAD. Please connect with me asap at trotterleg@aol.

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History- Fractured L3

I am a young 56 yr old OR I WAS a young 56...... First fusion '94 L5S1. Fell in accident due to a hole in the floor at a shoe store.Hired an attorney and am in the process of sueing the heck out of them. Had been suffering the after effects-developed a synovial cyst and extreme leg pain, numbness down leg leg.Totally could not function. 11/20/08 removed cyst and had 2nd fusion. 1/27/09- spasm/trip and fractured L3. Waited 9wks b4 Kyphoplasty.Kyphoplasty 4/2/09. Some relief. Wear back brace, take Zoloft, Soma, Percocet,Valium.

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disc replacement

I have had disc replacement at s1 l1 it has been 100% sucessful. EDITED was the surgeon in Munich he has been performing such operation since 1984

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Hi everyone. I have been

Hi everyone. I have been posting on Spine-Health for awhile now but it has always been with questions about my neck. I thought I had that under control and then I was in a one car accident last Monday and I fractured my L2 vertebra. I ran off the road and did an end-over-end flip. Landing right side up and in a tremendous amount of pain in my lower back. Thank God I already had a spine specialist that I see for my neck so I was able to get right in and see her. She said that I needed to have the Kyphoplasty done, but my insurance won't cover it. I'm too young or something (34). So, it apears I will be doing this the hard way.....bracing and bed rest for 3 to 5 months.
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Hi. I fractured L1 in Feb. I

Hi. I fractured L1 in Feb. I am 27 and had no back/neck probs before. I was told that it could be managed with a brace and rest. I spent 2 weeks in hospital. My first month at home was spent with a bed downstairs in the living room.Even as I started to improve slowly I found having the bed there allowed me to lie down in the day when I needed to as I couldn't sit for long. I am now 5 months down the line. I can do bits and pieces aroun the house, eg cook etc but still taking pain relief an off work still (my work is physically demanding). I get MRI results next week and find out if a kyphoplasty is needed after all! I hope not - I'm a bit scared of the procedure/risks and not sure if I can face taking a step backwards in my recovery - though don't want the pain to continue indeffinately.
Sorry, I'm not being overy positive am I - but I can relate to how you feel.

lovely27 (not verified)
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I have similar problems

I have similar problems too... I fractured my L1L2 vertebrae from doing cheerleading, and have been in a brace since June--I deeply sympathize with you. I've been able to go to school and the like, no bed rest, but I've still been having pain, so I hope that your regime works for you!
The best of all luck!

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Compressed fracture T11

Hi I am a young 53!and was riding Pillion on a motorbike when we were shunted from behind! After a spectacular somersault, I received a compressed fracure T11...eventually I was given a body brace wich I have worn for almost 4 months.surgeon still not happy with progress so I'm waiting for MRI scan with a view to Kyphoplasty.

Thanks to a diligent G.P. who sent me for a bone density scan I have been diagnosed with Osteoporsis T -2.9

Question = will the discovery of Osteoporsis have any bearing on the decision to have Kypholasty ? I'm assuming they will have to be sure my bones are strong enough before proceeding... as at the moment I am at risk of further fractures. I have only been taking medication for Osteo for 2 months.

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Do what they say! They

Do what they say! They missed the severity of my fracture and I did not have a brace and only did a couple of weeks of rest because of the pain (and I also had a scapula/clavicle fracture). So in the end it was a burst fracture and it...burst, and of course they didn't catch it and with bone everywhere but where they were supposed to be.

Now my entire spine is unstable and deteriorating, and I'm only 43. NOT where you want to be!

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I'm also young (early 20's)

I'm also young (early 20's) and I fractured L2 and L3. They said kyphoplasty would have been best, but that with my age it was simply not an option. I was told the life of the cement is only about 10 years, so the last thing you want to do is have it put in only to wind up with complications from the cement in a few years. The benefit of the vertebroplasty is it restores the lost height on the vertebra and prevents changes in the curve of the spine. Unfortunately, when vertebra heal they don't go back to their old height and shape. Do you know how much height you lost on the vertebra?

I was braced for 3 months, but I was not put on bed rest. I had to rest a good bit due to pain, but I was able to go for short walks and go to some of my classes. They actually encouraged me to do what I could with the brace on to try to prevent deconditioning. You might ask your doctor about deconditioning to see if there is anything you can do to try to maintain the muscles of your back. Everyone is different so there might be a very good reason you have to be on bedrest, but it's worth asking because the deconditioning itself can cause secondary problems when the fracture is healed. As HappyHBMom said, you absolutely want to do what the doctor says at this point and take care of this now- it's better to lose 3-5 months now rather than not take care of it and end up with chronic low back pain.

The activity restrictions are rough those first few months, but you just have to focus on the fact that following this advice will hopefully help you avoid problems in the future. My outcome has not been great, but it is not necessarily directly related to the lumbar fractures- I had extensive injuries involving more than just the vertebrae so there is no way to say that my chronic pain is directly from the lumbar fractures. When we thought the only problem I had was the 2 lumbar fractures I was told I'd be back to normal in 3 months, so the prognosis on simple vertebral compression fractures is usually pretty good when there isn't a significant loss in vertebral height.

Take care and hang in there. I know it must be especially hard now having lumbar pain after also having cervical spine issues.

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Yep, look what happens when

Yep, look what happens when a lumbar fracture isn't taken care of! I now have >90% loss of height. I would have gladly done 3 months of time to avoid this!

Now, I know not all fractures risk turning into this, but do follow your doctors' advice! I wish my doctor had given me some Sad