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So my oldest son has somehow hurt his back. He has had an X-ray and has a crushed vertebrae. He is in considerable pain, can hardly walk or sit and cannot sleep in bed but is sleeping on the floor. He says he no longer has any feeling in one leg. It is interfering with his Uni studies as he cannot sit still for the lectures. He has had a course of anti-inflammatorys  before the x-ray. they didn't do anything.The Dr wants to give him steroid injections. He is going to see a Physiotherapist as soon as he can.

 

Has anyone experienced this before? does anyone have any suggestions I could pass on to him.

 

 thanks in advance.

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No medical experience. Lots of experience with professors. Has he spoken to them? He should explain the situation and ask them how he can do his work. Maybe he can get down to one course right now, so he can get the treatment he needs, and maybe they can even recommend a good practice for him. 

 

I work at a less... rigorous institution, shall we say. Anyway, we still see students drop out because they fail classes because they don't realize how to get their profs to manage their grades during a serious illness. :( So please tell him to advocate for himself. He doesn't need to beg, he just needs to know the proper procedure for medical leave so he can heal.

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Hold the phone. He has a fracture in his back and he doesn't know how it got there? That needs to be investigated further ASAP. That combined with the loss of his feeling in his leg--he should be in the ER. Tonight. Now.

 

And I wouldn't agree to a steroid injection until he's seen an orthopedist, preferably a spine specialist.

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At such a young age, this needs intensive care and attention, possibly by a spine surgeon. Physical therapy or physiotherapy as well. I am a wreck when my sciatic nerve acts up - I cannot imagine the pain.  :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:

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According to the doctor the crushed vertebrae may have been there for years possibly from before he was 10. That he could have had sporadic back pain throughout his childhood and once he gets to early twenties the real pain starts?? I have no idea if this is true or not, just what he was told. The only thing DH and I can think of was he once fell off a merry-go-round type of thing at high speed and landed on his back when he was 9.

 

 

 

 

As for dropping back on units. He is doing his final 4 units at the moment. I will discuss it with him, but if he drops back he will lose both his scholarship and his government stipend. He will have no income at all.

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Hold the phone. He has a fracture in his back and he doesn't know how it got there? That needs to be investigated further ASAP. That combined with the loss of his feeling in his leg--he should be in the ER. Tonight. Now.

 

And I wouldn't agree to a steroid injection until he's seen an orthopedist, preferably a spine specialist.

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I crushed my vertebrae when I was a child. I didn't have anything special done, I just had to spend a portion of my summer lying down on a bunch of pillows. There have been no lingering problems, though at the time it was quite scary and was told I came *this* close to permanent paralysis.

 

The fact that he has no feeling in one leg should be enough to send him straight to the ER. That's not something to mess with.

 

Hugs!

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I have no advice either, but sending lots of virtual hugs to both of you.   :grouphug:  :grouphug:  :grouphug:  I would get a second opinion if at all possible.

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Off to ER stat!  Lack of feeling in one leg possibly means nerves being squished too now - he needs to be seen.  Doctors can provide documentation for school - he may only be making damage worse or permanent by trying to continue school. 

 

Rotten timing that it flares up and causes problems now.   My son had a medical problem ruin his senior year of college, too (and his scholarship could not be continued either).   All he can do is talk to the school, provide proof of a medical issue, and possible redo those last four units next semester.  :-(    It will be a financial hit, but sounds like he has no choice.

 

Hope he feels better soon!

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My husband hurt his back in high school, it was serious but not permanently damaging. Possibly a crushed vertebrae though they always just say he broke his back. Anyhow they don't know how he did it. His parents say football and he says basketball. He had to wear a brace for a long time but he's okay now. I complain of back pain more than he ever does!

 

As others have said I'd be heading back to the ER for the lack of feeling in his leg. Praying you guys!

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thank you everyone. He went and saw the physiotherapist who did some stretching exercises with him, and gave his some to do at his room. Son reports to me he has feeling in leg now and can actually lie down on his bed now. He is feeling positive, and in quiet a bit less pain. Physiotherapist told him to hold off on the steroid shot until after he has done a week of these stretchers and feel that son will feel much better by next week. I have recommended to him that he gets a second opinion before having the steroid shot.

 

I spoke to him about his studies and he is pretty confident that he will be able to carry on.

 

 

 he has been living away form home independently  for over 4 years now and I can only advise.

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No feeling at all in one leg is beyond a few stretches. Nerve damage can be permanent. He needs an orthopedist who specializes in spines immediately, preferrably in that area of the spine (I would guess lumbar given leg neuropathy).

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No feeling at all in one leg is beyond a few stretches. Nerve damage can be permanent. He needs an orthopedist who specializes in spines immediately, preferrably in that area of the spine (I would guess lumbar given leg neuropathy).

Not necessarily. A miniscule (as in immeasurable by any type of equipment) misalignment can pinch a nerve just enough to cause numbness vs. permanent damage. Gentle stretching can allow a tightened up and inflamed area to "slide" back in to alignment, naturally.

 

I do agree that he should be monitored closely by his medical team.

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He can do permanent damage to the nerves if there is pressure on them for too long (that pressure is what is causing his sensory issues).  Make sure he follows his ortho's recommendations to the letter.  If they recommend surgery, then get it, same with shots, etc.  There are many things that you can request the least invasive path for, but when you are loosing feeling and/or muscle control, it is imperative to protect the nerves as soon as possible.

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