T7, T12 and L1 compression fractures moderate osteoporosis of the spine at 54
by Michael Jackson
I am now just 54 years old and 8 months ago suffered a tonic clonic siezure (grand marl)(2 in 2 hours) out of the blue and have a T7 fracture that has compressed 80% which has caused 20% compression of T8, T9, T11. I have lost over 5cm in height.
The T12 and L1 seem to of healed quite well but i still do have lower back pain and I also have some Degenerative Disc Disease (arthritis) in the lower back region which i am told is quite common for my age.
the T1 fracture has only just started to become stable and healing slowly.
my First GP did not pick up the fractures soon enough and for 6 months just treated me for muscle pain and prescribed morphine etc. for pain management.
Changed doctors at 6 months and he immediately suspected Osteoporosis and the tests proved it.
It has been suggested that I wear a back brace now for a few months when walking etc but am also aware that the brace replaces muscle strength etc. As I am obviously healing slowly and at this late stage is it worth getting one or as you have suggested in others advice that exercises etc should suffice?
I am being careful when i am active etc that I am aware of correct posture and when bending ensuring that I keep my back straight.
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