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catharamaccatharama Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:56 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everybody,

Just wanted to introduce myself.

I was a pillion passenger on a motorbike which was in an accident in March 09. I had a burst fracture to L2, bony chance fracture to L1. I also had 8 broken ribs, broken bones in my shoulder ankle and thumb. I also punctured both lungs.

I was put in a coma for a week, which they did 3 operations on my back, fusing it from T11 to L4. I also had a large bleed as there was a nick to my dura during surgery.

I am now a year and a half or so after surgery. I am very lucky, I know. But still have pain in my back. Could be worse, I don't take any meds for it. I also have incredibly weak legs. In my right leg, I have loss of feeling on the front.

I suppose I have joined the forum to find out a bit more from people who have had a similar thing. My doctors are telling me my feeling will not now come back in my leg. But others have told me that their feeling came back after that time. I also wonder whether my leg strength will improve.

Nice to meet you all!


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you dropped in! i am sorry you are having residual pain after all this time! i am sure you have been back to your surgeon.. i wish i had more to say other than hello but i am sure another spiney will come along will some information for you.. good luck and stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Wow...what a trial you have experienced!
    Sorry for all you are still having to endure.
    Hope you are seeing a pain management doctor.

    On this site you will probably meet someone with a similiar situation. But as to the weakness of you legs... mine, also. I don't know how..but with my spinal stuff or my arms trying to carry something..my legs just about give out on me.

    I don't think it is related to "muscle" strength.. but to whatever signals are being sent around this body of mine. I dunno...just a thought.

    Take care
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • Welcometo Spine Health.

    Wow you have been through a lot. Like Lulu said we are here to support you >:D<

    I agree if you are not in PM you should get in (with the right doctor/clinic). They can do some procedures that may help with the pain or even put you on meds if you think you could benefit from it. There are a lot of options in PM.

    I wanted to remind you to listen to your body. If you start experiencing any new spine related issues it is a good idea to follow up with you surgeon as things can change.

    Welcome :)

  • Thanks guys! Very friendly here!

    I'm not seeing a pain management doctor. In fact i've been signed off by everybody, so only seeing my GP now.

    How long after surgery do people normally keep seeing their specialist/surgeon?
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