Re: Wedge compression fracture L1
Hello, maybe I can be of some help.
First, a little bit of history about me, I (36y/o m) was in an auto acc. when I was 16. I broke my collar bone in half and I think the pain from that, coupled w/ the device that pulled my shoulders way back and the fact that the emerg. room staff told me I would be sore all over for a week or so, I never realized that I had suferred a comp. fracture till a few yrs. later.
Long story short, I went 15yrs. w/o hardly any symptoms and then over the last 6 yrs have suffered on again/off again pain.
The last 2 yrs. have been pretty rough, bad enough that I am 21 days post-op from having L-1/L-2 fused(can't tell if it has helped yet).
Everyone is different and I was younger but I hope and think IMO you will be fine for a pretty long time. Over time though the wedge shape of your disc will start to degenerate(what happened to me), in fact I had a discogram before surgery that pretty much showed that I had no disc or cushion between the vertebral bodies and that bone on bone scraping and instability was present.
Sorry for the long post but if I were you, watch out down the road for pain or weakness in the legs and see your doctor if you start to have stiffness or pain in your back or legs obviously. Good luck and well wishes!!