compression fracture

Posted by rondello @rondello, Dec 22, 2018

I’ve been living with an compression fracture nearly five years, I have had numerous injections in the back from 3 different pain clinics including Mayo Clinic. Is anyone else living with this pain? Nothing has helped. I take Tramadol once a day, does not help much, if I take more I feel nauseous and can’t eat. Has anyone found something to help with pain?

what area of your back received the compression fracture? Upper or lower?

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@rondello Welcome to connect we try to help others with what works for us and sharing .Id like to ask when you first fractured your back whether it be compound or compression did you see your Dr.?

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@dkapustin

what area of your back received the compression fracture? Upper or lower?

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thoracic spine, T-7 vertebral body demonstrating greater than 90% loss

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@dkapustin

what area of your back received the compression fracture? Upper or lower?

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compression of the thoracic spine

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@rondello

thoracic spine, T-7 vertebral body demonstrating greater than 90% loss

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Rondello you did see your Dr.didn't you?

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Yes I started out getting misdiagnosed at the hospital in Bullhead City, they said it was arthritis, was doing PT, 3 months later I seen a spine doctor, did an MRI was given a clam shell to wear for a while. I have been to three pain clinics, where each one injected several needles in the back. Had the RFA done twice, trial went well, however the procedure did not work, have had several other procedures done. The last doctor told me that the compression fracture is what is causing the pain. Was offered the spinal cord wire that is done by surgery, I refused that. I have pain relaxer pills, however, I can't take more that a quarter pill without feeling doped up. Other than that i take Tramadol which is for pain, however, if I take more than one a day they make me nauseated to the point I can't even look at food.

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@rondello

Yes I started out getting misdiagnosed at the hospital in Bullhead City, they said it was arthritis, was doing PT, 3 months later I seen a spine doctor, did an MRI was given a clam shell to wear for a while. I have been to three pain clinics, where each one injected several needles in the back. Had the RFA done twice, trial went well, however the procedure did not work, have had several other procedures done. The last doctor told me that the compression fracture is what is causing the pain. Was offered the spinal cord wire that is done by surgery, I refused that. I have pain relaxer pills, however, I can't take more that a quarter pill without feeling doped up. Other than that i take Tramadol which is for pain, however, if I take more than one a day they make me nauseated to the point I can't even look at food.

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@rondello Glad the Dr gave you a turtle shell brace I was in one for 3 months then PT. for 9 months in the water couldn't do land I take Tramadol when I need it but I also have fibromyalgia, o.a Even after therapy I was on Vicodin for awhile then weaned of to Tramadol. Still have to lay down in afternoon Dr did say a back brace would help it does I don't wear it everyday but when I need it.

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@lioness

@rondello Glad the Dr gave you a turtle shell brace I was in one for 3 months then PT. for 9 months in the water couldn't do land I take Tramadol when I need it but I also have fibromyalgia, o.a Even after therapy I was on Vicodin for awhile then weaned of to Tramadol. Still have to lay down in afternoon Dr did say a back brace would help it does I don't wear it everyday but when I need it.

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The brace I have was only to be wore for a few weeks to protect the spine. It is very uncomfortable, I only wear it for a short time if I want to go out to eat and even then I can't stand to wear it for very long. I have osteoporosis, which is what caused the fracture to start with.
I have tried on several braces and have not been able to find one that is comfortable. A lumbar brace won't work because the pain is in the thoracic area. I am unable to stay on my feet for no more than 20-30 minutes without sitting back down. I am very limited to what i can do. I was hoping someone could recommend a more natural pain killer.

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@rondello Hi sorry you have osteoporosis Do you exercise?chair exercises nothing strenuous This helps strength back As a retired nurse and reader of holistic herbs and such of 35+ years I use them myself I can give you a list of what helps me. Herbs Boswellia its Indian Frankensence ,White Willow bark its like aspirin but naturel wont bother your stomach Cats Claw Ginger -Tumeric tea taste good heating pad or shower also essential oils Pepperment and lavender mixed in almond oil .Ice pack this is anti inflammatory and will reduce your pain All these I have used myself.Bless you .

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@lioness

@rondello Hi sorry you have osteoporosis Do you exercise?chair exercises nothing strenuous This helps strength back As a retired nurse and reader of holistic herbs and such of 35+ years I use them myself I can give you a list of what helps me. Herbs Boswellia its Indian Frankensence ,White Willow bark its like aspirin but naturel wont bother your stomach Cats Claw Ginger -Tumeric tea taste good heating pad or shower also essential oils Pepperment and lavender mixed in almond oil .Ice pack this is anti inflammatory and will reduce your pain All these I have used myself.Bless you .

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Thank you for all the good advise, I will try some of the herbs.

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@rondello

The brace I have was only to be wore for a few weeks to protect the spine. It is very uncomfortable, I only wear it for a short time if I want to go out to eat and even then I can't stand to wear it for very long. I have osteoporosis, which is what caused the fracture to start with.
I have tried on several braces and have not been able to find one that is comfortable. A lumbar brace won't work because the pain is in the thoracic area. I am unable to stay on my feet for no more than 20-30 minutes without sitting back down. I am very limited to what i can do. I was hoping someone could recommend a more natural pain killer.

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I have fractures at T11 and T12. I ordered a great thoracic brace from Amazon. It’s very comfortable and supportive. It can be worn under my top or over. I still wear it occasionally.

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@rondello

Thank you for all the good advise, I will try some of the herbs.

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@rondello Your welcome glad I can help

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@suzannex

I have fractures at T11 and T12. I ordered a great thoracic brace from Amazon. It’s very comfortable and supportive. It can be worn under my top or over. I still wear it occasionally.

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I would be interested in more information about your brace, do you need someone else to put it on or can you do it yourself? Do you know what it is called or can you supply me with any information so that I can check it out. So many I've seen look very uncomfortable they wrap around under the armpit.

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@rondello

I would be interested in more information about your brace, do you need someone else to put it on or can you do it yourself? Do you know what it is called or can you supply me with any information so that I can check it out. So many I've seen look very uncomfortable they wrap around under the armpit.

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@rondello My brace is for my L3 fracture so it just raps around you but what I like about it it reflects your on body heat back in ,when I take it off I'm sweaty so it works

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@rondello

I would be interested in more information about your brace, do you need someone else to put it on or can you do it yourself? Do you know what it is called or can you supply me with any information so that I can check it out. So many I've seen look very uncomfortable they wrap around under the armpit.

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@rondella… My brace is a TORUS-GROUP Comfort Posture – 100% cotton lining. Brace outer layer is 73% poly, 27% latex. Price, $50 @ Amazon. It does wrap under arm BUT there’s a soft piece that slides under arm to prevent discomfort and chaffing. I feel no discomfort at all. Hopefully – it will work as well for you. Ps. Be mindful of size. I had to return mine for proper sizing.

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