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New to S-H and New to injury

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
24 y/o Female in the great warm state of AZ. I am new to Spine Health, stumbled on it and couldn't be happier. I am also new to a back injury and here is some of my story. Dec 26th 2009 went for a quad ride with family in from out of town and my dad and brother i was riding on the back of my brothers 4 wheeler while we went down a very steep wash that i was new to and he was not.
We ride on average a good full day or two every weekend for the past ten years. While going down this wash we ended up at the bottom to quickly and cased the quads rear wheels as hard and fast as i think a person can and of course i absorbed all the force.

To shorten things up. I was in pain a second after we hit ground and gasping for air he thought i was laughing....a bear hug around my brother a few shouts to not move and we were off to the hospital.
Myself being an in home health nurse on my way to R.N never breaking a bone and a person dealing with R knee meniscus degen. for good 5 years i have good tolerance to pain so i think .....reaching the hospital i was called back to be carted off for x-ray i thought being as how i walked in i would be released with a sore back and that was about it ...45 minutes later after i just told my mom that they have found something and that's why it is taking a while they came in handed me the tissues and told me i "broke my back.. T9 compression fracture". I was immediately taken to another hospital for "higher level of care and Neurosurgical evaluation" Ct scan on arrival at hospital B and again T9 compression fracture...this is when they collar-ed me and told me "not to move" (i did laugh a bit being as how i just walked in and layed myself on the hospital bed ...and read several magazines and reassured my mom and (grandma who was in from thousands of miles away) that im fine and we will go home soon)and after losing any control i had over the more "natural" functions i had in the ambulance on the way over i knew things defiantly got more serious So after 15 hours of ICU bed rest no freakin water(which i wanted baaad) and mind you not once did a nurse come in to clean me up, my mother done all these things and after a constant supply of morphine, which made me sick every time they administered it and refused to listen to me when i told them to just give me the percocets and that would be fine.
Anyhoo the am came or afternoon i should say and a man walked in and said after looking at your ct i have decided your just sprained and they discharged me right then and there and i had no explanation for anything and i was very confused. Went to primary care phys. 2 days later(very busy because she is wonderful)and i seen her PA also very wonderful! after listening to me babble on mostly about how negligent these doctors and hospitals are and not recognizing that I was in so much pain i had been up for days and i couldn't really walk now due to and upper back pain i didn't even know existed she immediately put me on anti inflams, pain meds and muscle relaxers which most of you know is either the standard or for some states and cities just impossible. She then ordered another ct and set up the physical therapy for the day after the ct. Ct came back neg. again ...

not sure what gives, so far ive had 5 physicians and a slew of they're assistant physicians nurses and so on tell me i have a fractured T9, i have had 2 now tell me nothing broken, i know there are hundreds of things that could be going wrong been to one session of P.T and barely got onto the table where i was told my muscles are too tight to do any sort of an exercise and they have banded up. The next day so sore i have had to give up my job Working for the most beautiful company and people Ive ever saw here in AZ at united cerebral palsy where i take care of people day in and day out and love it with a passion i cant imagine doing another line of work. I have now given up my apartment and live with the folks now ...again..and im not complaining they are beyond great. im just wondering whats next i know its brand new.
I just keep feeling worse than the day b4 and im getting frustrated ....i cannot stay in bed i walk some i wheel around some i try to stay moving so that things don't deteriorate or get un-used but cant bend, twist, lift, sit or stand to long. I don't sleep good obviously and im wondering what helps. Doc. appt Friday and im sure il get a referral to see someone who knows something.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry to read of your injury and the pain you are in. :( i hope this upcoming doctor's appointment provides some useful information for you.sometimes it takes two or three doctor's to find out anything to start you on the road to recovery. good luck and stop by anytime. :D Jenny :)
  • Do you have any paperwork what-so-ever from the ER or Hospital B as to initial diagnosis? Did you get copies of all CT scans and x-rays? Grab as much of that as you can and send a request to get the rest and keep track of every little detail. Get a referral to a spine specialist that does work in the thoracic area. Many stay away from it so they are not as focused on seeing things that may or may not be there. If you can get to someone who actually does deal with thoracic spine injuries then maybe you can get a more definitive answer as to why they would initially say one thing and then reverse themselves.

    I hope you can get some relief and help soon. Welcome to Spine Health.

  • That is always my starting point. They can look at you from an overall view rather than the specialist who have tunnel vision.

    Find an ortho who specializes in backs. He will probably want an MRI. If you have a fracture in the vertibra you are in for a long painful recovery. You would probably need a brace for several weeks. What you need to know is if you have herniations or other spine area problems.

    The muscles tend to bunch up to protect your body. PT is very important and yes very painful at times. Again find an office that specializes in back - there is a difference.

    What part of AZ are you in? My parents are north of Phoenix and have found several good doctors. Unfortunately over the years they have found alot of very bad doctors and bad hospitals in AZ. Guess it's like very where else - good and bad.

    Let us know how you are doing and remember what you read on here is individual experiences and opinions not professional medical advise.
  • Oh boy, you are causing me flashbacks. As you can see it looks like you have something very similar to me. The first thing I can tell you is it seems to be a pretty rare injury, although a similar problem can occur in elderly people. That I believe is called kyphosis and they can do kyphoplasty where they use a balloon to re-expand the vertabra and then fill it with a hardening agent to hold the shape. Unfortunately, I have been told this can not be done when the compression occurs from an traumatic injury and it must be done soon after.

    At the ER I was told the x-rays showed nothing and I was sent home. Another technician looked at them the next day and then they sheepishly called me with the compression fracture news. All of the doctors in the beginning told me that I would be back to normal after it healed, but the pain never went away. Another constant is all of the doctors and specialists I have seen have said no one will ever operate on me unless I experience paralysis or other severe symptons.

    I also could not tolerate morphine, it did not help the pain and made me sick. Other opiates have worked much better.

    I hope your experience turns out better than mine, you are younger than I was. I don't know what to tell you except to find the right doctor, stay in shape and don't give up.
  • I have copies of everything that says i did have the fracture and now 1 letter saying i don't. I will try to get a referral tom. and tell of all the wonderful new little things that are happening....everyday my fingers are swelling up on me my right hand will go numb and i have a 2 inch wide section on the right side of my back go numb from neck down.....things are defiantly getting worse...i had more movement and less soreness the day i came home than now. Not sure but thanks a ton for the advice!
  • Hi Shannon,

    Welcome to Spine-Health.

    How are you feeling? Have you found a good doctor, yet?

    You took quite the fall and I really hope you are seeing a good doctor.

    I live in Arizona and would be happy to give you a referral, if you need one.

    Please let us know how things are going with you.

    Thinking of you,

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