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Tree Fell on Me

Hello All,

Long story short I had a good size tree free fall,land, and drive me into the ground. It hit me upper left back and crumbled me over my right leg. I suffered 6 fractured vertebrae with the worst one being T8 and loosing 30% vertebral height. The emergency room missed the fractures on the CT scans and I went the next 4 months thinking I had bad brusing. After going to ortho,getting an MRI, the fractures had started to heal and nothing could be done at that point. I have been doing PT for nearly a year and still have bad flare ups. When I twist I can o lu go so far before feeling pain which prevents me to go any further. I exercise weekly. It definitely has taken a toll mentally on me. I have peaked in recovery and dont seem to be getting better anymore. With so much force to my back, is there a chance I damaged some intercostal nerves which could be the pain I'm experiencing? 

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,153
    edited 07/30/2019 - 2:55 PM

    hello schlitz!
    welcome to spine health
    all new members should take the system tutorial

    that is my biggest fear for my husband while he is cutting trees down for our fireplace. i am so sorry this happened to you.
     if it were me, i would either go back to your ortho or go to a neurologist. by waiting you could cause more damage to the nerves. does your doctor have you on meds for the flare ups or nerve pain?
    i know this can play on your mentally but hang in there. get the right test done so you and your doctor can come up with some options. 

    take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.

  • I’d be taking my MRI to a neurosurgeon for evaluation.

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  • Do you usually need a referral to see a neurologist/nuerosurgeon?

  • Quick follow up. Still doing PT and still have bad flare ups. Haven't found the "fix" yet.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,153

    Schlitz

    Thanks for the update!! At least you are not giving up.
    Keep us posted and take care.

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  • Schlitz - I agree the the comment made earlier, I think you really deserve it for yourself to get a second opinion from a spine surgeon that does procedures on complex spine cases.  You might want to consider one on the "regional hospitals" that rate very high in spine procedures.  If you want to discuss, more in detail, please private message me.

  • sara.gsara.g CaliforniaPosts: 41

    How are you doing these days? I’m scared to ask as that sounds like a horrific injury. I hope you are getting good treatment and respect from your physicians. 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,153

    sara.g

    You replied to an older discussion by a member that is no longer on here. Therefore, you may not get a reply. Always check the date they posted under their username.

    Thank you,
    Sandra
    Veritas Health Forum Moderator


  • I seem to be doing better as the months go by. I'm still actively doing physical therapy and on some pain killers as well. My muscles in my back feel constantly contracted. They only relax when I am laying down :(.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,153

    Schlitz

    Thank you for coming back and giving us an update! I'm so glad you seem to be doing better, it's been a while. Have you had a recent scan to see how it has healed?

    Again, thanks, and keep us posted.
    Sandra

  • No recent scans as of yet. But the doctor said nothing has moved between my last x-rays so that is a plus I would say. It sucks to think I will never be back to my "normal".

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,153

    Yep, I know how you feel. You just have to realize what your "new normal" is. Beside the physical limitations, we have to deal with the "I can't anymore" mentally aspects of it. It's not easy but what else can we do except accept it and move on. We have to or we won't have a life.

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