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    Default Spinal Collapse

    Hi ya all. Good to be here.
    Last night the Er physician said that my spine had collapsed.
    Scared the heck out of me. Didn't give me any pain meds, just said to go take Tylenol and aspirin together, call my family practitioner. What kind of treatments does a spinal collapse require? rods? gel injections? ,signed scared stiff.

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    Default Re: Spinal Collapse

    Hiya, welcome to SSO

    "Spinal collapse" isn't a specific diagnosis and could mean various things. For example, with scoliosis it could mean that the curvature has got big enough that it is progressing due to the effects of gravity, or it could mean that some of your spinal discs have degenerated over time (this is a normal symptom of aging, but in some people it can happen prematurely or be worse than expected). Or it could mean something else. So, I'm afraid it's difficult to say what treatment you may need.

    For all spinal conditions it's usually best to try conservative (non-surgical) treatments first before considering surgery. If your main concern is pain then there are a lot of things that you can try; these range from physio to strengthen the muscles and support the spine, to painkillers and various types of steroid injections.

    Please don't be scared! You first need to see your GP and get referred to an orthopaedic spinal specialist (an MD rather than a chiropractor) and get a diagnosis of what's going on with your back. Then you can plan what to do. Don't worry, we'll be here to help you through

    Toni xx
    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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    Default Re: Spinal Collapse

    Hi there

    I would have replied the same as Toni (only not as eloquently ), but I'm not surprised he scared you stiff, what a ridiculous thing to come out with and then give no explanation

    Anyway, I'm glad you've found us, we'll help you in any way we can, you're among friends now
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    Default Re: Spinal Collapse

    I agree with Toni and Gilly. That's a really unhelpful thing for the dr to say to you.

    Definitely get yourself referred to a scoliosis specialist.

    Born 1981 with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele. Surgery to close lesion at birth. Anterior fusion T11-L5 aged 12. Laminectomy June 06. Posterior fusion with instrumenation T8-T11. Degenerative Disc C4/C5

    Under the care of Jeremy Fairbank.

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