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!