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Chronic Back Pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I was in an accident 5 years ago and fractured my 7th and 8th vertebras. Rods and hooks were placed on both sides of my spine from the 4th to the 12th. I have lived with pain ever since. Last September I fell in the bathtub and hit right on the 7th and 8th where the fusion was and I have been in severe pain ever since. Xrays, CT scans and MRI's have been done nothing has been found except inflammation and I have had 3 trigger point injections that only last f
4 days. My primary Doctor did bloodword and found a Sed Rate of 90 and referred me to a Rheumatologist. He in return referred me to a spine specialist and so far nothing
has been found. Insurance company denied an MRI of the Fused area of my spine until I called and talked with them and now they approved it. The Rheumatologist said he really thought it was coming from the osteofil putty that was used in the fusion. I go tomorrow for this MRI. Has anyone ever heard of this putty and if so is it possible for the fusion to have failed after 5 years? I have become so depressed with this pain and I dont think no one realized just how depressed I am. I have always been very active and for the past year I havent been able to do anything.


  • i'm so sad youre hurtin. youre among friends here because we understand.just want to welcome you to the site.
    regarding that putty...there are several people on this site who have had bad experiences with the putty. apparently it grew too much and encroached on the nerves. one person who had trouble was ERNURSE.take a peak at her posts and you may get some info. i sure hope thats not your problem....keep us posted and best of luck....
  • Hi - David here, Welcome!

    I don't know anything about the putty, but I know someone will pop in and chat about thier experience with it.

    You are right to feel a geat loss, all of us do. I figured that I would find some pill or some exercise or something that would just snap my back - into place and I would be fine.

    I know for me- a lot of the fear began to leave when I was able to get a CTscan of my back. I am sure that with the MRI that you are looking forward to that it will add some answers, for you.

    You might talk to your DR about having him control the pain. I know that for me, when my pain was over 6 or 7 on the scale, that I was paying too much attention to it. I never allowed myself to think I was depressed, but to say that I was not - here- is just plain wrong. I know I was not feeling right. I told my Dr to control to pain, in order for me to have more function and movement. So now, I do have a few meds that control things on a daily basis. Some days the pain is less than the max of what I am prescribed and other days I use up all of it and wonder if I need more, but I also use exercise and slow movement, and work pacing and a pile of things to help me with the pain.

    Pain is also linked directly to our emotional state and I too have to let this out. It hurts, but I find it cathartic.

    I hope your feeling better and get an answer!
  • Thanks so much for your replys. I had the MRI done on August 6 and the Doctor said he didnt see anything and he did a repeat xray which he said the screw that was holding the plate that connected the 2 rods was rubbing on the muscles at the 7th and 8th verterbras which was causing inflammation and I had 2 options, one was to go through physical therapy again to see if it would help this time and the other is to remove this screw and plate. I talked with the physical therapist and she said it would not help to go through the therapy again so now I guess my only option is to remove the screw and plate. The Doctor said it would relieve some of the pain but not all of it and at this point I believe some is better than none. I was so upset when the Doctor told me this I didnt ask him anything as far as how dangerous this was or anything but he is suppose to call me today to go over all of this. I just get really nervous and scared when the knife is involved. I will let you know how things go, I might be getting upset over nothing but thanks for your help.
  • thats better than bad putty...count your blessings....it could have been much worse...good luck....pete
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