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Recovering from T10-L2 fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone!

About 6 weeks ago I had a traumatic burst fracture of the T12 due to a two story fall, and landing partially onto a garden sidewalk. I had an emergency surgery to fuse T10-L2 together, and have been home recovering.

I am in a brace for at least another month, and it seems not to be correctly adjusted. It had never met the back of my neck or upper back well, until I changed the way I strapped it together. Also, it chokes me when I sit. My neurosurgeon says I don't need physical therapy, and that my brace is fine. "It always hurts, and everyone hates it" is the response I get when I ask about it. I know, might as well ask a physicist to build a mall, as to ask for aftercare from my emergency care surgeon. I have other appointments coming up, and am hoping other practitioners will be more involved.

I was also told I could go back to work as soon as two weeks after the accident, since I work in an office. I've tried, but all I can really manage to do every day is sleep or lay down. Sitting up, standing, walking- any of this for more than 30 minutes to an hour and I am actually in pretty serious pain.

I know it's going to hurt. I broke my back. I had some serious hardware installed into my spine. I know it may always hurt. In addition, a lot of the pain is in my left butt cheek and sometimes shoots down to my left knee. I am worried about nerve damage and subsequent pain. Due to all of this, I feel the need to reach out for advice, commiseration, even hope.

I will admit to not having read the forum posts. I have never been to this site before, and yet am blithely introducing myself. I just hope someone will be excited to share their similar experience, their hard learned lessons, and perhaps-even open up a discussion with me. Thanks for reading this.


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i find it hard to believe you are trying to work so soon after surgery. :? i can understand your problems when you are there. i hope the other practitioners can steer you in a better direction. your surgeon should be there to answer your questions and help you, not hinder you. have a look around the different forums and make yourself at home. good luck as you continue on your pain journey. Jenny :)
  • That is a terrible thing to go through. Falling and then surgery then to an uncomfotable recovery. I haven't had surgery and I've been off work for 10 months. I can't imagine having to go back to work so soon after surgery. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Don't feel bad you can't get back to work so soon. I hope your other Specialists will be able to help you more on the way to recovery. Take care and hope we can help you to feel better. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. You will find lots of support and friendly folks here. I will look forward to seeing you around the forum.
  • I had a truck accident almost 4 years ago. I fractured T11 and L1 and crushed T12. I had a 3 1/2"contusion on my spinal cord, along with 7 major fractures in my pelvis. The surgeon fused 5 vertebrae, but left my pelvis alone, saying that i had been thru enough trauma already.

    I can only say that i feel your pain. I've been on and off of pain meds since, and all with no lasting effect. I am currently off of all narcos and I'm only taking tramadol, and scelaxyn. They seem to keep the pain down to a dull roar, most of the time, but barely phase me on the bad ones.

    I do work in an office now, so its not as bad as it was working construction. The burning in my feet is still here, as is the numbness on the small of my back. I'm still looking for alternative relief b/c i don't want to be on painkillers for the rest of my life, but that seems to be all that my arrogant patronizing pain mgmt dr seems to know about.

    I'm currently considering chiro, acupuncture, and other homeopathic remedies if anyone has any suggestions.

    Hang in there man, and avoid the opiates like the plague!!!

  • cmartinezccmartinez Posts: 1
    edited 09/11/2012 - 7:08 PM
    To Anonymous:

    I had the same surgery as you did. It's been 2 years now. Ive been getting the pain in my right butt cheek and down my right thigh. Just wondering if your doctor or you have thought about getting your hardware removed or maybe you already have since your post is 4 years ago. I'm contemplating whether or not I should get my hardware removed and need some feedback from people that are in the same situation as I am in? Do you still feel pain in your left butt cheek and thigh. Do you feel like you are better without the hardware in you or somewhat still the same.
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  • My 22 year old son was in a serious car accident and ejected from the car about 6 weeks ago. He is lucky to be alive! He had spinal fusion of the T12 two above and two below. He completely crushed T12. He severed a nerve that goes across his left belly/side. He is wearing a hard turtle shell brace doe three months. My question is this, if he is laying down, or propped up in his adjustable bed, he is only in a little pain. If he sits or stands, within 10 minutes his left mid back muscle spasms so bad he is in excruciating pain and has to lie down again. He has another MRI in a week, any ideas as to what is going on? He also tore muscles and had a spinal leak. His surgery took 9 hours to repair the damage. Any thoughts appreciated, he is getting depressed from laying down, he is normally healthy and fit. Thanks!
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    We can't make any guesses as to what is going on that is causing the pain he is having. If I were you, I would wait until he has the new MRI done and then see what his surgeon has to say. Otherwise , it would only be guesses on our part.
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