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Stress Fracture in Lower Back
« on: June 09, 2010, 03:30:52 AM »
Hi - have just found your forum on the internet, after injuring my back, falling over a log on Saturday night. Had sharp lower back pain on the right side whenever I bend forward or twist. Had a CT Scan yesterday which came back saying I had sclerosis of both L5 pars intraarticularis which may indicate bone stress with potential impending stress fracture.

Apparently the report also states that I have advanced facet joint degenerative changes noted in the right L5/S1 llevel with moderate left facet hoint degenative changes.  ( apparently GP says this means I have a significant amount of arthritis - I am only 43, yet prior to fall on Saturday Ihave had no pain in this area.

My questions are...... are stress fractures hard to fix and

                              is this problem with arthritis going to cause me major difficulties in the future?

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Re: Stress Fracture in Lower Back
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2010, 04:02:42 AM »
Hi Cookie,

You need to take a logical approach to this.
The structural problems identified by the scan have obviously been there for some time and as you stated you didn't have pain before the fall. So the pain probably has nothing to do with the arthritis etc.

The pain comes on with movement which tells me it is a muscular issue - the trauma from the fall probably caused muscle spasms which if treated properly and quickly can be resolved without much problem.

I wouldn't let the doctors bad news get you down as they are most likely talking about a different problem to the one you are feeling. Remember it says 'potential impending stress fracture' not a stress fracture yet.

All the best
Steve

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Re: Stress Fracture in Lower Back
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2010, 07:18:47 PM »

Thanks very much for the info. My back pain seems to have got slightly better so maybe it is just a matter of time.

In relation to the advanced facet joint degenerative changes, is there much I can do to fix this, or stop it getting any worse, or is it inevitable I going to end up crippled! I am going to see the doctor again on Tuesday, after I have had a bone scan, but do remember the doctor saying that my CT Scan results looked like those that a 60 year old would normally have ( am only 43) I am more than happy to make changes now but am worried that it is already too late!!!!!

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Re: Stress Fracture in Lower Back
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2010, 08:40:38 PM »
Hi Cookie, the whole aim of my self treatment program is to make the muscles in the body (especially around the spine) healthier, stronger and more supple and as you work through the program and this happens it will improve the blood and oxygen to the spine and nerves and slow down, stop or even reverse the degeneration. The key is a good diet with lots of nutrients and improved circulation.

So you have started on the right track.
All the best
Steve

 

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