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  1. #41

    I have a t12 compression fracture past 1 yr

    I fell 26 ft about 1 yr ago. I have and am on morphine and loratab. I have loss of height between t12 and other vertebrates. I am about to call my primary doctor in a few minutes as she has made and sent emgerncy records to a emory neuro surgeon. I have began to lose control of urine and some bowels and they are really concerned. I have so much pain still. Unbearable at times.

    I guess I could call now and post after I cal what they said?

    well I called and no news, the nurse is about to call so I should here something in a few hours.

    This looks like a good forum. Hi.

  2. #42

    Compress wedge fracture T12

    Hello guys, I google'd the subject and came up with you guys. I'm mailing from Dublin,Ireland. Medical care/treatment/prognosis/info seems similiar on this site to what I've been told.

    On Wed 14/05/08 I dropped about 20 ft of a motocross jump and flipped the bike landing smack bang on my butt. I did a lot of tissue damage(degloving) and still cant feel around my cocyx. I made the mmistake of driving another 30 miles home in pretty severe pain but because i could walk i thought i was OK until after about 2 miles when i had to lean on the tank with my left arm and ride with my right. When i got home i dialled 112 and was on a spinal board in under 20 mins. But more importantly i did the t12 damage, about a 30% compression as per xrays/mri. V. Got out of hospital after 5 days and am told to rest up for quite a while. very sore, Can manage to walk OK. Will have to wear the back brace for 3 months. Bowel Movement/stomach seem OK so i guess i am really really lucky. I'm 6ft 4 and 16 stone so i guess wearing all the right protective gear was a blessing including a back protector and am blessed with a fairly heavy bone structure.

    I am supposed to be flying out to disney for a family holiday in 5 weeks and staying for a month. Obviously i wont be doing any rides but what do you reckon about a 7 hr flight? What hire car would you recommend given the injury and my height, I won't be able to drive with the brace but my other half has never driven an Auto shift or on the other side of the road so i am going to be a front seat passenger.

  3. #43
    I have read this thread with interest and thought I would share my story.

    I am a 41 year old male and I live at Loch Lomond in Scotland. I fell off my roof when working on my house and I fell about 12 ft onto concrete - I immediately knew I had done damage as I couldn't get up and had difficult breathing having had the wind knocked out of me - I was placed on a brace and airlifted to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where, after a few days, I was told that having been initially diagnosed with a broken back in four places T10,T11, T12 and L1 (from X rays)- a CT scan showed that I was lucky and had a single stable fracture in T12 and a slight compression of L1 and could mobilise as soon as I felt I could - I spent a week in hospital and was only allowed out when, after a day of trying to walk without feeling dizzy or using a frame, my bowels moved!! A great relief despite the pain.

    Its now been two weeks and apart from a slight tingle in my heel (which may have been caused by my foot hitting the ground rather than anything else) I feel great - I am off pain killers and can get around the house fine. Although I do feel tired and I get pain in my lower back when I am in bed (which feels muscular) it could have been alot worse. I have been told I could feel lousy for up to 3 to 4 months and I am not to do ANYTHING for 6 weeks - the consultant said, in simple terms, that my body will tell me what I can and cannot do and to date he was exactly right.

  4. #44
    A week ago (June 15th) I fell of my horse while in the very early stages of breaking her. It was a very mild fall, but I landed right on my back and assumed I had broken my coccyx. My mother is a nurse so she put me on bed rest. The next day, I passed out from the pain while walking back from the bathroom, and they decided to take me in to outpatients, just in case. I got an xray and a CT and the doctor told me it was a compression fracture of my L1 vertebrae. He consulted with a neurologist at a larger hospital over the phone and they decided the fragments were not currently a threat. He gave me painkillers, told me to come in IMMEDIATELY if I felt any tingling or numbness in my legs, and sent me home with an appointment to see a neurologist in a month.

    I spent the first 4 or so days on bed rest on our sofa bed. I couldn't sleep in my own bed since it's a water bed. My mom urged me to do some walking around and I gradually started going outside for short walks, at first with one of my parents and later unattended. I am now back to sleeping outside in the camper, and I can walk fine but with that constant bit of pain in my abdomen. I've discovered that I can drive, ride my bike, and ride the lawn mower, but it still brings me to tears to sit on the toilet, go figure! I'm also constipated from the codeine and my mom has been pumping me full of laxatives.

    I realize I'm still in the very beginning stages of my healing and have a long way to go, but I am so worried that I will not be able to ride until next year. I know I should be grateful that I will be able to ride AT ALL, but still - horses are my life.

    Is it normal that I was not given a back brace? The doctor suggested it might help with comfort but that it was not necessary, so I didn't get one.

    How long do you think I could wait before trying to ride again, assuming I have a fast recovery and the neurologist okays it?

    And finally, for those of you who also ride, what sort of vest or back brace can I get to protect from further injury while riding, and where can you get these? Are there special ones for riders?

  5. #45

    fellow rider

    There are probably differences. I had a T12 compression fracture. I was in a brace that could be adjusted for two months. I thought it helped. I couldn't ride for about 3 months. In the mean time I tried to do ground work as much as I could. Once I got back on I took it slow. I wore a soft back brace and I ordered a back protector that skate boarders and snow boarders wear. It's been 10 months since I broke my back and I feel back to normal. I stoped wearing the soft back brace and continue to wear the back protector and a helmet.

  6. #46

    back protection

    To be more specific I got my back protector from dogfunk.com. Hope it helps.

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    Thank you! *heads there now*

  8. #48

    L1 compression

    Hi Guys,

    I was travelling in Australia and suffered an L1 compression fracture - I was in a 4 wheel drive on Fraser Island, went over a bump, went up off the seat and slammed back down hard. I suffered no neuro problems, but the compression was around 25% and shifted towards my spinal chord. Because of this I was put into a backbrace. I was told I would be in the Backbrace for 6-12 wks. I returned home to Dublin for treatment and my consultant has said I can come out of the backbrace and and do mobility physio for the next four wks. Since I have come out of the backbrace I am suffering from pain and discomfort in my lower back (at hip level) when I have been up and about for a few hours(this is not at the area of the break). My physiotherapist told me that my lower back and stomach muscles need to be be strengthened as they would be weak from wearing the backbrace. I was just wondering if anyone else had pain and discomfort after removing the backbrace and did their physio help with this?

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    get an 2nd opinion

    you must get a second opinion even ask your dr friend for his suggestions if he is worth his salt he will provide you with another md but make it clear you want to se a specialist with this type of training. don't go to a chiropractor that would be the worst thing you could do i made that mistake and it really got bad. one of my md told me never under any way were a brace that it would get so i could move without my brace his suggestion was the best. make sure you get multiple mris of your entire back and neck a specialist is what you need and get to one quickly the sooner the better... take it from one who knows. todate i've had 5 back surgeries and it still isn't right i may be on my way in for number six i waiting to hear from #1 specialist to find out who #2 specialist is going to be.Their recommendations really are fair .....
    Good Luck and God Bless
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  10. #50

    T12 recovery time, brace info & getting back in the saddle

    I took a spill two days ago (Tues, Sept. 16) after a log jump in my barn's cross country course. I couldn't move from the searing pain, so they strapped me to a board & took me to the ER by ambulance. After lots of x-rays and one cat scan, I was told I had a compression fracture of my T12 vertebrae. The ER doc said it was a 50/50 chance I would need surgery (very helpful). Once the ER released me, I took my cat scan disc to a dear friend of mine, who happens to be a very well respected neurosurgeon in Texas. He looked at the scan, put me in a brace (something between rock climbing gear and a day pack) and wants to do serial x-rays every two weeks (for 8-12wks) to make sure I'm healing properly. However, should I not heal properly, he said fairly major surgery will be necessary. After hearing all the awful possible outcomes from this sort of injury, I would agree that finding a reputable neurosurgeon is imperative!!! When it comes to neurological issues, failing to find a neurosurgeon (or at least a neurologist) would feel pretty reckless to me.

    My questions: 1) is the requisite immobilizing brace really uncomfortable to everyone, or is it just me? I have an "Aspen Quikdraw." Should I just get used to it, or have it fitted again? Standing is okay, but sitting is pretty awkward & uncomfortable. 2) I had to promise my friend/doc I would live a very sedentary life for the next 8-12 weeks. I know every case is different, but are some people really being told not to ride for a whole year??? I'm not allowed to muck my stall or feed my horse for at least the first month, but I never imagined I might be looking at a whole year off my horse! 3) For the riders out there: what is the general opinion on protective vests? USEA requires them in cross country eventing, but USPC says it's up to the rider. I'm wondering if the vest would protect me from injuries like this in the future.

    Thank you, in advance, for any comments or advice you may have! ~Sydney

    PS I'm happy to report, I was wearing my helmet. I definitely hit my head, but thanks to my IRH Elite riding helmet, I hit without incident.
    Last edited by sydneydt; 09-18-2008 at 07:32 PM.

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