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I am new to this forum as it was suggested by my dad to maybe look up some forums/chats for me to talk to other back pain sufferers, I found this so thought I could give it a try. I'm 19 years old and just over 2 months ago I was in a car accident with my partner. I was having horrific back pain when I finally realised I had actually just been in a crash. I just screamed and screamed for help. Thank fully my partner was able to calm me down and told me not to move. Once the paramedics cam they transported me to hospital where further tests, xrays, MRI and CT scans revealed that I had a L1 compression fracture. Hearing this news was devastating for me as I am still a student, working in an animal rescue centre and have a hobby of banger racing. I adore being active. I was left flat on my back for 3 days with only my arms allowed to move. I was transported to another hopsital for a further 7 days where I contracted MRSA and I was told it was a 50/50 chance of a massive operation to put rods into my spine. Once again a devastating thing to hear. 10 days after being in hospital I was finally allowed home and I am 3 weeks away from the end of my bed rest which requires little to no movement and not being able to lift anything heavier tan 2 cups. I rely heavily on my family for day to day care. I was told I was 3mm away from becoming paralysed and that will be like that for life. I am keeping positive though as I know there are loads of people out there who have worse situations than me. I just thought maybe being able to talk to people in a similiar situation may help me out a bit as it is affecting me emotionally and mentally as well as physically! Please feel free to pop up :)



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 05/15/2014 - 10:16 AM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 05/15/2014 - 12:34 PM
    Nearly the same thing happened to me except it was with my thoracic spine. Because I wasn't braced or put in traction, which they should have done, I don't want to scare you, but my intense pain never went away.

    Have you talked to your Dr about a brace that will make sure you heal in the correct mechanical position. Because they didn't brace or put me in traction mine healed in a really bad place, and the one above the 80% wedge crushed vertebrae, crushed to the right hand side, kept slipping onto my spinal cord and nerve roots.

    It took them 8 years to realise that my vertebrae had not crushed to the front but to the right, I only ever had intense pain on the right side.

    Are you still in as much pain as you were from the start? I was still in intense pain after bed rest but fought through it as I was told it would get better. That was a cruel joke.

    Mine was crushed vertebrae like yours and bones do not regrow by themselves which I didn't realise. Mine wedge crushed to one side which caused the vertebrae on top to slip out onto my nerve roots and spinal column. From the start I only had pain to the right side. My pain did not localise for years.

    Please have a talk to your specialist about bracing or traction. I'm sure if they had put me in traction my injury would have healed in the correct mechanical place. If you are still in as much pain as you were in when the accident happened you do need to ask about the mechanical position it will heal in.

    Osteoporosis is totally different to a trauma injury. If you are still in pain a brace or traction could help, but your injury has probably healed by now so make sure it has healed in the correct mechanical position. Bone scans are better than MRI's to pick up bone damage. There is a problem with radiation with bone scans but they give a better picture of bone.

    So the main thing is if you are still in intense pain talk to your Dr and ask him if it is healing in the correct position. Maybe as it is early you might be able to correct it now. Good luck, if you are still in intense pain you really need to speak to someone as it could be it isn't healing in the correct position which could cause the pain NEVER to go away. You need to ask if your fracture is to the side or to the front or rear. Please if you are still in pain get it checked out NOW.

    Also because I was in so much pain I didn't look into suing the council - it was their fault I was in a motorbike accident caused by road base on the road that had washed down during rain. Even the ambulance skidded when they stopped to pick me up. The police report also stated it was the councils fault. I don't know about the States but if you were the one driving you are not covered by Third party in Australia unless you take out special insurance. So ask your parents to look into what they can do about legal action, or if you are covered by insurance, I thought I was when I wasn't, as if you leave it for too long you may not be able to claim.

    I thought mine would get better and I left it too long to sue the council.

    I hope you recover but if you are in intense pain still and don't want to end up like me, 8 years of absolute agony without a correct diagnosis, please see your specialist - ask which way it is crushed, ask if the ones on top could be slipping out because of the way it's crushed and ask him if it is healing in the correct mechanical position. If you are still in intense pain it most likely isn't and you need to do something about it now.

    Good luck I really hope you heal. What percentage of your L1 crushed? Feel free to PM me, I really don't want the same thing that happened to me to happen to anyone else.
  • Have you consulted with a board certified spine surgeon? Preferably one located at a major medical center? Or better yet a trauma center? An L1 fracture is serious and I would be concerned as well about the lack of stabilization, and since you only have 3 mm of room in the canal, that is a huge concern if heaven forbid, you were involved in another accident or injury.
    I know that no one wants to have surgery, but you are 19, and you have a whole life to live in front of you, and you don't want something to occur down the road when it could have been avoided by stabilizing the fracture and ensuring that the canal is open enough not to cause reason for concern later.....
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