Would be interested to know how many people on this forum have severe mid thoracic vertebrae (not disk - bone) wedge crush fractures caused by falling or accident, motorbike, trail bike, mountain bike, pilot ejection seat , earthquake or any other trauma injury? I understand this is a worldwide community. It was a common injury in WW2 when pilots ejected from aircraft and the Sinchuan earthquake caused a lot of these types of injury.
What was the cause?
What percentage of crush?
What Thoracic levels?
Did you break or crack ribs or sustain shoulder damage? Any other damage?
What got better, what didn't?
What are your pain levels?
Were you operated on? If so straight away, afterwards or not at all?
Were you put in a cast?
Do you get muscle spasms? Has any therapy helped?
Are you in a wheelchair or can you still walk?
Do you know of any good thoracic surgeons who will touch your case? I live in Australia.
I had a motorbike accident.
I have 80% wedge fracture at T5. I did crack ribs and had shoulder damage and badly broken ankle. Ankle healed. Need a shoulder operation. My pain levels even on narcotics are around 5-8 constantly. Although lately have had pain free days when my T4 and shoulder are taped into the correct mechanical place so my muscles can't spasm it back out again..
I was never operated on. I was never put in a cast. My spine pain never got better from the moment of the accident and still suffer pain 8 years later. My T4 was taking the strain from my non existent T5 on the right hand side. No other therapy helped. I tried them all, spent at least $30.000, most made it worse including tens, PT, swimming, pool exercises, pain clinics, acupuncture and many more. I can still walk and drive with my left arm.
Can't find a surgeon in Australia who will touch me as they say it is too dangerous to operate at T5 vertebrae level, at this level they can't do minimally invasive surgery, and I have a good chance of ending up paralysed if they operate. This is not a disk injury. Also they say the vertebrae pedicles above and below T5 are not strong enough to hold the screws in place and it 'surgery does not have good outcomes at this level.' This is a direct quote from a Board qualified and very experienced orthopaedic surgeon. They just say it healed in a really bad position. I know this is a rare injury so it would be good to know how rare it is. There seems to be only a few people on this site with mid thoracic crush bone injuries, even though this is a worldwide site. Thank you. Your feedback would be most welcome.
If any Doctors read this site and deal with mid thoracic bone crush injuries please PM me, or if the Doctors' who own this site can make it a bit clearer for me that would also be great.