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Needing answers...

mdghtblummdghtblu Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm new to the forum and am searching desperately for answers. I've been in multiple car wrecks, snowmobile accidents, and am just generally hard on my body. After the last accident, I lost use of my left leg. My treating therapist/dr. found a tear in my lower spine and treated me, bringing me back to mobility, with the recommendation of life long chiropractic treatment to avoid a relapse.
April of this year, I did just that, relapsed after an extended period of time in a car and then moving on top of that. I went back to almost complete immobility. I have since sought out treatment and therapy again and have regained partial mobility, but am now living with extreme, recurrent pain (which never really went away after the accident). I went back to my PCP for pain meds to help contend with the issue. He sent me to an Orthopedic, who has since recommended physical therapy and pain management.
Here is the interesting part to me though and I am wondering if anyone else has this particular deformity that they are living with....
I was born with a cleft lip/partial palette. I have discovered thru the years several other abnormalities that seem to coincide with my defect, my lower spine being part of that. At 16 years old, after my first accident, my chiropractor discovered that I have what appears to be an extra vertabrea in my spine, giving me a partial L6 if you will. Throughout the years, my injuries have always caused the same difficulties with my left leg and hip, though I never made the connection. I've had several MRI's that have showed that malformation in my lower spine. It wasn't until the visit with this Orthopedic Dr. that he clarified that it was not a partial vertabrae at my L6 position. The left side tried to be an L6, the right side is part of my sacrum, which is "possibly" causing my pain. As I mentioned previously, I had not made the connection to my previous injuries until this diagnosis. It has always been the same injury, with the same diagnosis, this doctor found the cause. The accidents don't cause the issue, they aggravate it.

My question to my fellow suffers...Has anyone else had this issue? I am not content to live in pain, but they don't reccomend surgery. There has to be a way to help this without constant therapy, drugs or otherwise, right?

Totally frustrated and needing answers....


  • Hi and welcome. In the first part of your post you mentioned they found a tear in your lower spine. What did you mean by that? Did you mean a tear in the disc?

    The levels in the lower back are L3L4 L4L5. L5S1. As far as i know there is no L6. Unless posibly thats what its refered to as when it has the defect you speak of i am not realy sure.

    What ever the dr thinks might be causing the pain but he dont feel surgery is the answer then other then injections and pain medications. Pt and other alternative treatments there is nothing else out there as far as i know.

    I would get as many opinions as posible to make sure other dr,s agree with your dr,s findings and they all agree that surgery is not your best option if you already done all the other alternative treatments. Keep us posted on what further finding they might come up with. And what test did they do to come up with there findings.

    Good luck
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    2012 scs implant ,
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I agree with Alex in that you should find a spine specialist/surgeon that works on nothing but spines, hopefully fellowship-trained, and get another opinion. There are many here that have gotten three or more opinions before they found the doc they were most comfortable with and offered the help and plan of action they needed.

    Don't take the word of one doctor - this is a special situation and I think that talking to more doctors could be beneficial.

    Keep us posted on how things go.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ..sorry about your pain. It's tough, I know.
    When you say chiropractor found extra vertabrae, doc explain it just like that?..and then nothing since from other docs?
    Sometimes if we just read a report, " extra renal...blah blah"...it doesn't mean there is an "additional" whatever.
    My xrays were written up re' "extra" whatever with my kidney...and they explained it to be enlarged... not additional.

    That's just a thought I thought I'd throw out there.
    Who knows though? Each body so unique. I have a friend who has entire GI tract reverse from normal.
    appendix on left side...stomach on right.

    I do know it is common for people to have one leg longer than other and it can be corrected with chiro. I don't get that either..

    Doc's reading actual xray and explaining to you.. and ask another doc..and as you probably know..you are the main one to take care of yourself.
    Becoming immobile is serious and must be frightening.
    Keep communication open with doc and cont to let doc know if you don't understand.

    Good luck to you..and keep us posted. Learning something new is good for all. Take care
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