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Cracked spine - June 15th 2012, 04:48 PM

I have a healed compression fracture on my spine. Only found out about it recently and m doc wants me to get a CT scan. I am not sure what the big deal is yet. If they are wanting to go to these lengths should i be worried?

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Re: Cracked spine - June 16th 2012, 03:33 AM

Hey there.
I'm not a doctor, but I would be worried. A fracture to your spine..sounds, scary and bad. Especially considering that it protects your spinal cord.
Again though, I'm not a doctor, and they may just be doing a CT scan for preventive purposes. Hope you get better reallllll soon.
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Re: Cracked spine - June 16th 2012, 04:21 AM

If it's a compression fracture and it's healed, they most likely just want to see what the extent of the injury was, to predict whether complications may develop in the future.

Based on the fact that you said it's healed, I wouldn't be too worried about it unless you're experiencing numbness, tingling, discomfort, or loss of some movement.

It really strikes me as more of a thing being done for your medical records. If you're concerned about why you're undergoing this procedure, then you need to discuss those concerns with your GP/specialist to find out why they're doing it.
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Re: Cracked spine - June 16th 2012, 02:15 PM

Yeah, I was planning to, but my appointment isn't until later this coming week, so I was just hoping to get some insight before hand since I still have 4 or 5 days before I can ask my doctor why this was brought up, cause it was just the nurse who told me this when she called with the results of the X-ray.

I mostly just went into cause I was looking for some advice as to what would deal with the tension/soreness over it. I mean, my lower back could use some work but that isn't as constant and lets face it, I am a girl, I have boobs haha, but there is localized pain over where the fracture is... I have to admit I have been curious about what would show up on an X-ray, but I would never ask for an X-ray just for shits haha, but I don't want them going overboard cause I still play sports and stuff so how bad can the damage be right?, and I don't know at what point "chronic pain" becomes "chronic pain" because that's what my doc was tossing around, but at best I would say any discomfort is more like a dull ache that I would merely acknowledge as being there, but the likelihood it'll slow me down is next to 0, cause yeah....

But I guess having all the details, even if it is after the fact, would be useful now that they know about it haha. It might come in handy if I ever get hurt again since I DID sign some thing that allows hospitals in other locations to compile my records if I am ever there, I am just not sure if that is still active or not lol (I have medical records spread out over 3 provinces and 1 or 2 states haha so it's a legit thing to think they should wanna do lol)

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Re: Cracked spine - June 16th 2012, 02:50 PM

Most likely a preventative measure, and something for the records. It may have healed now, but later in life these injuries and complications could come back to haunt you, as your body grows older and cannot sustain the proper healing process and things slowly begin to fail. Any injuries or broken bones, cancer, whatever that you get at an early age (if it was serious) could come back in one form or another later. So having these sort of records available may make it easier to find treatment or discover the cause.

But, it was your spine, so I would have it checked - just to be on the safe side right?
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