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    Old 05-14-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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    Apparently Old Compression Fractures? Advice Please

    I recently had quite a bad fall, resulting in a trip to the E.R. Had an X-Ray, and seemingly nothing broken. A few days later however my family physician contacted me to suggest that there was an indication for either spinal fracture(s) or a herniated disc. So I underwent a C.T. scan The results of which states, "There are compression fractures of the superior end plates of L3 and L4 vertebral bodies. They appear to be well corticated and there is no associated soft tissue swelling identified. The L4 vertebral body is approximately 50% compression and the L3 veterbral body approx. 40% compression". From what I'm reading these are old fractures...but I can't remember ever hurting my back other than this recent fall, which was very painful. I was given an injection at E.R for the pain
    Early in '06, I underwent a whole body bone scan, for an unrelated condition which made an incidental note of mild increased tracer uptake at L3 verterbral body superior end plate which suggested may represent early degenerative disc disease in this region. My question is this, clearly I've fractured my spine at some time, and never realised, but would a full body scan have picked up old fractures in the spine as it picked up the disc problem. My family physician doesn't appear concearned by these old fractures, should I be? I'd be very happy just to get a reply...please

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    Old 05-15-2008, 03:34 AM   #2
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    Re: Apparently Old Compression Fractures? Advice Please

    Personally, I would try and see a spinal surgeon for a compelte work up. The back is just not a general practioners speciality. I would take your xrays and scans along on your first visit and let him decide if this is anything that needs further testing.

    Good luck and I pray you are not in to much pain.

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