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can't fine much info on thoracic fusion or long term out come

Jim PiiJJim Pii Posts: 12
edited 12/28/2015 - 5:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
6 years ago my wife was in a life changing snowmobile accident, we were going around a hard left corner her sled slid to the right and tipped on its right side. Her sled stopped but she came off hitting a clump of trees with her back. The worst day ever! EMS had her life flighted to Duluth MN. She shattered t7-t8 vertebra t9 broke she was fused from t5-t10 broke most of her ribs, punched both lungs broke her pelvis. I have searched the web to try and find out what the future holds for her. DR told her to enjoy life while she can and put like a 10 year window to be active. we don't know what to expect after that. Most people that have been hurt this bad are not able to walk, Georgia said she is blessed of course our live has changed we still try to do every thing we did before but just not as long as before. Short fishing trips very short snowmobile rides (she now wears a tech vest ) even has a vest for bike riding. The pain in her back is getting worse. Any one have an answer for us


  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 236
    I to had a thoracic fusion from T4-T10. Its life changing is right. I could not be able to ride a bike or snowmobile at all. She could be doing to much. Like putting stress on the top and lower levels of the fusion. That could be a reason for the pain she is having. I am only a year into my fusion. And yes, its life changing. I cant do what I did before. Im very surprised she can manage a short time. If I was her i would go back to the doctor and have it looked at. I do feel for her. I wish I had that crystal ball and saw the future. But with any back surgery, Everyone is different. Think you guys are young? And thats hard just to stop stuff you enjoy.
    Greg fisher
  • I would prefer she not ride the snowmobile but she said why fix me if I cant do what I love. we where very active in the snowmobile club and Georgia was an EMT( lost her license after the accident) we would ride just to help people , we still teach snowmobile safety the kids really pay attention when I tell her story. I know she does to much but has been doing more than before cuz I had a open decompression l3-l5 that failed now I have nerve damage and had a Nero stimulator implanted in Oct cant do what I would like to do ether
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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    Although none were done on the thoracic, 5 cervical and 3 lumbar and yes I am a chronic pain patient. If I listened to my Drs I would have no life. I am living and doing what my body allows. I have done many things I have been told not to do. Is that good advise , no . But I refuse to give in to what has become my life, Speak to her Dr, see what the opinions are of her do's and dont's . Every patient is different and will have a different outcome. Just from your post you can tell she is a fighter which in my opinion you have to be when we are dealt this hand in life we did not ask for. Best of luck to the both of you
  • I did not ask or comment on your problems, when you or some one you love hurts all the time you start to fell like your alone. This web site lets you know that it's not just you that hurts. Georgia has gone back to the DR many times he shakes his head and tells her you broke yourself in half, a neuro surgeon will not just see you, chronic pain is just a part of her life. The kind of pain we share just can't be explained to some one that has not been there. We wish you all the best for 2016
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    Jim all I can say is in this area of the spine make sure the surgeon is a thoracic spine specialists. One thing I learned from my thoracic injury ( didn't end up with surgery) is that their are a few names that repeatable come up as the best in the country with thoracic spine surgeons. Many have revolutionized less invasive access to fuse and shortened recovery time.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 236
    I feel bad for you. Im in the same boat. And was told the same stuff. The thoracic area takes a doctor that has worked there before. And thats not saying he is good. I was very active myself. But in the water. Boating, skiing, jet skiing, Biking, hiking. All that stuff is gone for me. I can still float! and I can still walk! Your wife is alive. She is not paralyzed. And people have accidents. Like my doctor told me...We cant fix you, Only stabilize you. People here didnt break an arm or a leg. You wear a cast for 5 weeks and your back to your old self. They cut nerves, muscle, tissue. Then pull in all apart. Dill holes, put is screws and rods. Then close it up and hope for the best. Yes everyone that has a multi level fusion is broke. Break a pencil and wrap tape around it....Sometimes it work sometimes it dont. Thats how I see it. And yes, I hear you . Everyday we start out with pain take our pills and wounder how the day will be. I would not be surprised if she is told she could need another fusion. My best to and your wife, I come hear to vent my frustration with pain. I will take that over a wheelchair anyday.
    Greg fisher
  • As I read the posts that every one puts up on this web site, I feel humbled and thank God Georgia and I are able to walk and complain about the pain. I ask why us what the hell did we do to deserve this half a life that we now live. And then I see the posts from all of you that can't feel or walk and I realize I can live my life looking at all the thing we can't do any more or I can enjoy all of the things we can still do. Today will be a good day I won't let my mind take me to that dark place we all have. Some times just seeing your not alone or posting a message that will encourage some one to take the next step will make my day Thank you to every one that has shared there story's with us
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