Just thought I would post this as at last I have a specialist who has told me the truth and not just dismissed me because they can't operate. My new surgeon ordered bone scans. My T5 80% wedge crush has healed in a really bad place. They cannot operate as the pedicles above and below T5 are not strong enough to hold the screws in place. The spinal cord is too thin and close to the vertebrae around T5 and if they operate I would likely be paralysed. There are also many vital organs around T5 and arteries etc. They do not have good outcomes from thoracic surgery at the T5 level. I will have pain from this for the rest of my life.
He also told me if it was lumbar or cervical they could operate as there is more room around the spinal cord at these levels and the pedicles can take the screws.
The sad thing, he told me, about mine is if they had treated it properly in the first place it would have healed in a better place and the pain wouldn't be so bad.
I wish specialists would understand it's better to tell the truth and not just dismiss people without an explanation, becuase they can't operate. Most of them have been incredibly arrogant. If they explained why, I would have known this long ago and organised my life accordingly.
I have a couple of degrees so if they acknowledged that and explained properly, I could have a pension from work after 30 years of putting my life and soul into my job and not finally given in because of the pain. I would have known that the pain would not improve, would likely get worse, and would have hung around through all the administration to receive a work pension which I paid for anyway.
The good news is my shoulder is still inflamed and has active pathology after 8 years, so they can operate on it and hopefully that should ease some of the pain. I have been to a myriad of shoulder specialists and not one of them ordered the correct tests.
So everything from the very start has been messed up.
This guy is in Australia, trained in the UK, so if anyone has thoracic spine issues in Australia or SE Queensland I can PM you his name. I got his name from this site and from the MD rating site. No wonder his patients love him.
Have a less pain day.