Hi all; new here and to any back issues..
I have a grade 3 compression fracture at my t12 vertebrae. Loss of height is nearly 70%. I was shocked to find out because I didn’t wind up getting an X-ray until nearly 2 weeks later. My entire back was hyper extended forward - I was in a ton of pain but it all felt muscle related. Only after the look on my doctors face when viewing the X-ray did it really hit home.
Since then I have seen one spine ortho who recommends a fusion of T11-L1. I was a bit shocked to say the least. I had researched kyphoplasty and that seemed like the best bet. He stressed this is not an option for someone my age. He also wants the surgery to be done in the next 5 weeks to get in there before it can really start to heal. This was extremely overwhelming especially because my pain level is about a 3.5 out of 10 at this point. How can this be?! I obviously have lack of mobility and discomfort but with nSAIDs and a brace I am functioning at 80% normal life.
As I’ve read through this forum extreme pain is what sends everyone under the knife, and rightfully so. I guess I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around rushing into this when I have low pain and zero history of back problems.
I do know that the problems will only increase from here and the main goal is to preserve my spine for the future.
Has anyone had a similar situation ? Do you believe sooner the better is the right motto when tackling spine issues ? I am getting a second opinion in 2 days and would appreciate any advice/support !