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My story

Hi! I have been reading the forums for some time now and decided to go ahead and join to share my story and gain some insight.
My spine problems go back pretty far. In my 20's, I had 5 back surgeries (laminectomy, 2 discectomies, L5-S1 fusion, and finally a spinal cord stimulator implanted). My last surgery was in 2007 and I was doing fairly well since then. I was able to resume my normal life with the use of Ultram and the stimulator. I had twin girls and was active with them and also got back into riding horses 4-5 times a week with minimal pain.
Fast forward to 2/24/13 when I fell off my horse during a lesson and landed flat on my back (this was the first time I had fallen off in I can't remember how long- but at least in over 15 years as my husband had never seen me fall off while riding). The pain was severe in my back, but being the stubborn person I am, I went home and took some percocets and crawled in bed to try and ride it out. Four hours later, I told my husband he should probably take me to the ER since the pain was not easing up at all. One CT scan later, it was determined I had compression fractures of L1 and L3. The ER doc gave me pain meds and steroids and told me to follow up with my orthopedic doc. Couple of days later, at the appointment with my ortho doc., he determined the best action to take would be to go ahead and fuse T11-L5 since I had so many other issues in my back along with the new current fractures needing to be stabilized. I agreed to the agressive surgery since I did not want to be in the position I was in several years back of basically having a different back surgery each year to try to manage the pain.
The surgery happened on 3/1/13 and I was home several days later and was impressing the home physical therapist with how well I was doing. I made sure to take it easy and not over do it. I started outpatient PT and was doing well until about 3 months post-op when the SI joint pain started. Suddenly I found myself unable to walk far or do my exercises. A CT scan showed the hardware from the fusion was good, but I do have arthritis in both SI joints.
This past Friday, I had both SI joints injected. I did get some relief from them, but feel the pain starting to creep back in. I am just wondering what is next?? I am now 4 months post T11-L5 fusion and want to start getting my life back! I am pissed that now I am having more problems. It is so hard to not be able to play with my almost 5 year old twins, and basically just sit on the side lines. I have made the decision to not ride horses anymore, but at this point, the pain is still too much for me to even go to the barn and love on my horse.


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    edited 07/08/2013 - 9:25 AM
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Just wanted to say welcome. It's a long road for sure. Hopefully the SI injections will give you some needed pain relief. I know its hard not to get frustrated. Hang in there.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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