Ok I found out that I have a stress fracture on my L5 disk.. has anyone had any experience with this type of thing? I'm just curious as to how long it'll take to heal, what the chances are of me needing surgery.. etc..
Sorry but I don't have any experience with fractures of the back. I do know that typical fractures take 3-4 weeks to heal depending whether it is a compound fracture or not. However, I don't know about the back because there is constant pressure on it. Have you seen a doctor yet? I don't know that it can be surgically repaired unless they put it screws or something to hold it together.
As far as healing, calcium is the obvious help. My husband also takes glucosamine for joint health which may or may not help. I would think that if you get balanced nutrients that it would help. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit to give your body the nutrients for healing (I know I don't want to give up pizza and hamburgers either! ) I am not a nutritionist by a long shot so I would ask your doctor or his nurse about that.
I hope that you heal quickly. Are you in a lot of pain from the fracture? How did you fracture it anyhow?
Thanks for your reply and advice.. I'm gonna try get tons of calcium in my diet so hopefully heal quicker.. I think back fractures take much longer to heal than other parts of the body because not much blood supply reaches that part of the body.. but i'm gonna hang in there till it gets better..
It doesn't really hurt much.. more like a slight discomfort that is always there.. so thats a plus.. no stabbing pains or anything..
Oh and I did it weightlifting more than I should have
10/02:Per MRI: Hern.Disc L5/S1 * Bulg.Disc L4/L5
03/03:Micro-Discectomy w/Hemilaminectomy L5-S1 (left sd)
08/03:PT @ 5 mos post-op for 6 wks: Results: Back & abdominal strength MUCH better - stretching exercises help only temporarily. Heavy feeling of pressure, restriction thru-out incision area post op. ~scar tissue adhering? To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
11/03:Working with "Rolfing" expert to release scar tissue - Jury's still out on this procedure
I have heard that magnesium helps the body with calcium absorption and that most Americans don't get enough magnesium, which leads to calicium deficiencies. I would think taking a good multivitamin would probaby suffice.