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Re: compression fracture - back

Re: compression fracture - back

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Posted by chris g on September 05, 2000 at 23:23:42:

In Reply to: Re: compression fracture - back posted by ann freeman on June 09, 2000 at 13:59:35:

: : : I am a 49 yrs old female, postmenopausal at the age of 26 (hysterectomy). I am diagnosised with a compression fracture at my bra line (T-4). This is very painful!!! Anyone know how long this will last, and what I can do to help with the pain besides vicodin pain pills?
: : : Also, anyone had the new procedure that's out there where they use some type of material to fill in the fracture? Do you get instant results? Are there side effects? Does the procedure hurt? Are you confined to bed for awhile? Lastly, can it be done as an outpatient?
: : : Thanks for your time,
: : : Linda

: :
: : Linda, I also had compression fractures in my lower back that was painful beyond belief! After two months of being given muscle relaxers and pain pills, I finally went to an orthopedic doctor. He immediately put me in a brace known as a CASH BRACE. This helped keep me upright and from jostling around. He was the first person that also told me that fractures take a good while to heal, usually three months or so. I was just about in a state of real depression over this,as you never realize the blessing of just being able to roll over in bed, until you can't!
: : Hang in there, it does get better. I had six at one time, believe me, I understand you need for help.

: We are interested in information on the "filling in" procedure. We have heard it referred to as
: "cementing". Does anyone have any info?

2 sites will be useful: will teach you breathing techniques.
Also, has an article on the procedure you mentioned about cementing a fracture. The article was written by Susan Steeves of WebMd News on 5/19/00. The complete email address is:
The doctor is Richard Pickering who works at Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. He prefers doing the procedure on older patients who are bedridden.
Also, if you go into Yahoo and search for back pain, back fracture, you will find a lot of articles.

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