Could an "Enlarged Sacrum" be Sacralisation?

by Kristy
(Ozark, MO - USA)

Hi Sarah,
First I would like to say THANK YOU! I have read & researched back/spine issues for years & have never found such an EASY to read wealth of information! ...
I started having some mild upper back pain at work in 2007. After apx 6 months of complaining, the safety coordinator sent me to the occupational doctor by which point the 'mild' pain had intensified to extreme & wide spread.
The company doctor said the only thing 'wrong' with my back was that I am missing the L5 vert resulting in an enlarged sacrum & have slight curvature of the spine. Could that description be Sacralisation?

After PT & being sent to another doctor, I did get a
diagnosis of DDD, myofascial pain & an MRI indicated a bulge at the T2. I felt like something was being overlooked, but at least I did get them to acknowledge the upper back pain (at that time I had little to no lower back pain).

I have an array of symptoms that are still to this day undiagnosed as I am 'un-hireable' & have been without med insurance since 2008. I would appreciate any direction/suggestions you may have .
I will send another question w/ a better related title.

I do hope to hear back from either one, any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your time,

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Sep 03, 2013
sacralisation/ thoracic spine
by: from Sarah

Hello Kristy again,
What a lovely photograph of you and your children! It would certainly be lovely to be able to get you better so that you can enjoy their growing up without feeling so much pain.

First of all, let me tell you that there are lots of exercises you can do yourself to relieve pain in the upper back. I hope you don't see this as me plugging my wares but the best way for you to get this information is reading the Thoracic Spine section of ‘Body In Action’ (see right hand column here on this website) and following those exercises quietly and diligently when the house is quiet after the children have gone off to school. You need to keep calm and carry on!
You may also like to read too the section in on congenital disorders because it may well be possible that you have a sacralised L5 vertebra, as you say. It is important for you to know that you are highly fixable if only your mind does not keep playing tricks on you and making you feel worse.

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