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an adventure in pain....

Hi. Yes, I am new here and I am thrilled to have found this site. Three years ago doctors found two lesions on T-9 and T-10. It was first thought I had cancer. After tests failed to confirm that diagnosis, it was determined that I had osteomyelitis. The first problem the doctors had was not being able to identify the causitive agent. I was transfered to a nearby teaching hospital where the chief of orthopedics delared it staff. I had T-9,10 fused and was in the hospital for a month. Afterwards I was on IV Vancomycin for 5 weeks at home. The whole ordeal proved nearly fatal. It took nearly a year to recover. After thinking this was the worst thing that could happen to me, the BIG event occured in May of 2010. I was sitting on an open window sill in a 2nd floor apartment when I scooted my bottom back to far and fell 16 feet, feet first to a concrete parking lot barefooted. The fall resulted in a disruption of the t-9,10 fusion and a compression fracture of L-1. In addition I broke both feet, both ankles and crushed both calcaneous. The left tibia and fibula were also broke in half. I was in a major level 1 trauma center for a month and a half. The previous fusion was repaired with an additional fusion of T-12 to L-2. Plus the repair of my lower extremities. After jumping through numerous hoops I now have a morphine pump, post op 23 days. 3 days ago I had a severe sharp pain in my lower back. I went to the local ER had x rays and they told me everything looked fine. I did not trust that so I sought a 2nd opinion. I found out today the pain is stemming from four loose pedicle screws. I don't see my pain doc until next Thursday. I have tried to maintain a positive outlook, but I'm afraid that my depression is getting worse. I have my faith in God and that keeps me going. I'm not giving in yet!


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you have been through so much trauma and are suffering so much! please have a good look around and make yourself at home.. this is a great place to make new friends who understand what you are feeling.. stop by anytime!! good luck on your appointment next week. i hope good things come from your visit and you are able to find some pain relief!! take care!! Jenny
  • Got cut off. Why no research to determine the cause and then try to repair. The doctors have taken my entire lifestyle away from me, and they act like it's no big deal. There must be something I should do. Please give me helpful advice.
    In His Name, Kitty Muzzy
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    This is a very old thread, for best support and information I suggest you make a new thread in introductions, you can do this by clicking on 'create forum post' on the left column.


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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