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T-6 compression fracture


I had a compression fracture at T-6. I had kyphoplasty in August and still have a lot of pain. It hurts not only in my back, but in the front of my ribcage and chest. It hurts to take a deep breath. thinking about having epidural injection as I am running out of options. Physical therapy was only painful. I try to exercise and stretch but still hurt everyday. Thoughts anyone?


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  • Good Afternoon Crushedpo:
    I compressed my T11 and have many of your symptoms. I did not have the kyphoplasty. From what I've read pain in the rib cage and difficulty breathing are pretty common symptoms with a thoracic injury. From my own experience, the rib pain did get better with time. It's been one year since my injury. I unfortunately also have some disc damage that seems to be causing lower back pain. I can't really give you much help except to say that in my case things did get better.

    How did you get the compression fracture? How much bone collapse did you have.
  • I had a 70% collaspe of T-6. By the time I had the Kyphoplasty (8 weeks out), the NS was not able to restore any height and only able to inject a minute amount of cement. My pain is still bad and the accident happened 8 months ago. My CF was actually caused by a 50,000v electrocution which caused severe muscle contraction enough to crush the VB. Bet no one has had that happen?
    DT
  • I'm no expert on "electrocution", but I would imagine you are lucky to be alive. As for your T6 CF, I do know that 8 months in terms of the spine is not a long time for the healing process. As I mention in my last post, I am just starting to feel better in the rib cage area and my pain was excruciating right after my accident. I felt as though my chest was caving in and I couldn't breath. Now the pain in that area has subsided a lot. Last night I did get a twinge of pain in the rib cage, but not nearly as bad as before. I have found that using a heating pad on my chest helps. It soothes the pain for me. I would check with my doctor though. I didn't have electric currents running through me. I don't know how that affects the area.
    I do believe the body heals in time. Don't pump yourself full of meds and injections if you can help it. That's just my opinion for what its worth.
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