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Would fractured L1 have been used for screw in fusion?

Donna.Marie.113DDonna.Marie.113 Posts: 1
edited 08/15/2014 - 9:12 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Does this make sense?
Had spinal fusion surgery for burst fracture T11 on 7/11/14. Two rods & 8 screws used, 4 screws above (2 each on T9 & T10) & 4 below (2 each on T12 & L1).
Has been over a month & I've been in constant excruciating pain since. Also have constant burning (like severe sunburned skin) on beltline on back, which also feels like it's bruised underneath & around spine; is also partially numb around spine.
Some folks recommended I move around more to get healing process going.
Surgeon, 2 physician's assistants, ER nurse, & ER doctor all basically told me to wait a little longer & see if burning, etc. goes away.
On 8/5/14, I started having severe lower back spasms making pain considerably worse.
Finally my Pain Mgmt doctor ordered MRIs (one thoracic w/o contrast, & two lumbar with & without contrast) to determine cause of troubles. Thought maybe scar tissue from L4-L5 ruptured disk surgery (Dec 2011) might be culprit.
However, I got MRI results today & informed I have a compression fracture in lower back.
Overlooked? By whom? How? Why?
Then I realized L1 compression fracture is same vertebrae that has bottom 2 screws of fusion surgery.
Would surgeon have used a compression fractured vertebrae for screws, or did screws possibly cause the new found damage at L1?
(Don't have appt with Pain Mgmt doctor till Monday, but thought I would post this since I just "connected the dots" & this is confusing me.)
Any thoughts?


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