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Copey399CCopey399 Posts: 2
edited 10/28/2015 - 1:20 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have a friend who is 86 and has just undergone this treatment. Prior to that he wasn't even able to get up to my lst floor flat. A day after he was up the stairs and running about like a 2 year old (well not quite but you know what I mean).

As a long term sufferer of lower back pain (15 years) I was very interested in what seems like a minimally invasive procedure, i.e. they just inject a teaspoonful of surgical cement and you're set to go. (Obviously a bit simplified).

My first thought was "I want it" but it seems it's only suitable for Osteoporotic Spinal Fractures??

So my story is this. 15 years ago after trying exercises (The Back Program), Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, injections via x-ray guidance to try and deaden the pain nerves, all unsuccessful they finally did an MRI scan and I was told I had "crushed vertebrae" and there was nothing they could do about it and have been on all sorts of pain meds every since.

At first the pain was manageable but now, 15 years later, it has taken away my life. I am 71 now and just feel that if this is all my life is going to be then what's the point of going on. I can't walk into town like I used to. I can't do the usual housework (everything seems to involve bending doesn't it and don't even mention trying to push a vaccum cleaner). When I push myself to do what is obviously necessary I am in so much pain that my heart seems to thump out of my chest and I literally see stars and feel like I'm going to pass out, so it's back to just sitting and feeling awful. Consequently I am spending most of the time just sitting in front of this computer.

My GP only sees me when I've walked the short distance from my car to the surgery and I look fine. I just keep getting fobbed off with more pills that make me feel awful - brain fog or walking in treacle (Gabapentin being the last lot I was on but stopped them for said reason).

I feel like I have been fobbed off long enough and I have an appointment this afternoon. I want to be more assertive and insist that I get another MRI scan as who knows what has happened to my spine in 15 years and my now advanced age. I don't think that's unreasonable is it?

I'd like to know exactly what "crushed vertebrae" means as it doesn't seem to be a medical term for anything? Internet search only comes up with Compression Fractures, Herniated Discs, etc.

If this new treatment for spinal fractures is so minimally invasive and effective couldn't it also be used to "lift" the discs that are causing so much pain, fractured or not? It makes me wonder if it's all down to cost with the NHS in crisis or am I just being cynical or stupid?

Would be interested to hear any comments.

If you type ''crushed vertebrae" into the Google search at the top right hand corner you will get information on the condition



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  • Thanks for the info Liz.

    I'm surprised that nobody seems to have any interest/experience or views on this procedure so far.

    My visit to the GP didn't get me the referral I wanted but this was because as I'd stopped the Gabapentin and went back to using what was left of the Co-codamol, I am not in the system as receiving pain medication at the moment so they wouldn't accept me as I don't meet the criteria.

    Got a prescription for higher strength Co-codamol and instructions to keep a pain diary and come back in 3 weeks.

    Some progress I suppose.
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