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    Recently I have started to experience different back pain than normal. This pain is above my injury site. I had an L1 burst fracture with spinal cord impeadment. The pain is higher than that now. Looking back over my medical records I found this statement, "there was felt to be signal abnormalities present within the superior endplates of T10, T11, and T8, felt to be consistent with subtle compression injury of the superior enplates of these vertebral bodies."
    At the time of my injury I dont ever remember being told I had any other injury aside from my L1 burst fracture.
    My question is, this long after my injury, 10 years, could this be giving me my back pain now? Could it be arthritis setting in?

    #2
    Arthritis could be starting, but before sending anyone in that direction, I would encourage you to see your doctor. All pain is not created equal, soot speak, so it is important to have a good exam as part of the diagnostic work up. In the meantime, you might want to jot down some of the following information: what triggers the pain, what relieves it, type of pain and anything else you can think of related to theming.
    CKF
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      Thank you. I am trying to get a hold of my specialist. I am in therapy right now and my Pt said I should have an xray to see what is going on. It has been pretty constant and sitting on a regular chair bothers it within 10-15 min. Started with more pain into lower back and then down into legs when sitting. It is very aggrivating and getting uncomfortable. I cant spend my day laying down to relieve it all the time.

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        #4
        Medic1 - it is more likely than not that you developed the inevitable destruction of the vertebral joints above and below your fusion as they have had to handle more motion over time. This happens to everyone after to fusion. Increase disease ( arthritis) above and below the fusion. It is one of the cons of fusion ( of course , in our cases this wasn't optional surgery). I am fused from my pelvis to T11. It is only a matter of time till I destroy T10-T11, the first moving vertebral joint above my fusion. I think after 5 years it is beginning.

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