I have compressed discs from T8 to T12 and a fracture of the spine. What can I do to easy the pain? Should I consider surgery? I have had MRIs and CT scans. I keep falling and I have some loss of feeling in legs. I was in a wheelchair for three months and was determand to get out of it. However, I am still falling and am in pain. Any ideas what I should do about this?
Hi NCole70, Welcome! Has your doctor determined why you have loss of feeling in your legs and is the cause of the falling? I would try to find out what's going on and if having surgery will eliminate this problem, then you could discuss this with your doctor
Spine surgery is a very difficult surgery, so be sure to have all the facts, possible causes and as many tests that can lead to a diagnosis. Where is the fracture? You mention disc compression from T8- 12, but not where the frax is. If the compression is causing the numbness please find this out with a ortho or neuro surgeon.
I sure hope you are out of the wheel chair soon, as exercise, guided by your doctor and physical therapist will help with the pain. However, be sure you follow the specified exercises since many typical ones could be things you can't do with out making the injury worse. I would also look into aqua-therapy to see if that helps with the pain and rehab. I went through this many times with spinal fraxs and aqua-therapy was really all I could do until I got the go-ahead to advance to land exercises from my surgeon. Physical therapy should work closely with your Dr./surgeon and not deviate from the doctor's orders.
If your insurance will let you, get a second opinion if necessary, it can't hurt and may just give you the info you need. Personally, I don't like jumping into spinal surgery unless it's absolutely necessary, but only you and your doctor could answer this.
Good luck and if you have another question, don't hesitate to re-post.
P.S. Here are some links that might be helpful for you:
How to Exercise with Arthritis
How to Avoid Back and Neck Pain
Four Good Reasons to Have Spinal Surgery
I have not been told where the fracture is in the spine, I did go through a deep vein closure in both my legs, I got celulitis from it. now my back hurts all the time, I keep falling and am afraid to tell my doctor because I lost my insurance. I have been two months without my meds now.
Hi Nicole, I don't know what meds you take, but have you contacted the manufacturer to see if they have patient assistance? Most companies have these for the uninsured or underinsured. If you want to send me the info privately I could look it up for you.
It's Nancy but how do I do the private reply