View Full Version : Vertebral Compression Fractures

03-11-2008, 02:29 PM
I learned yesterday that I have compression fractures in my throacic vertebrae. My first thought was 'Well just perfect! One more thing to add to the list of things making me feel old!'.

I'm looking for any information or experiences anyone would be willing to share. I was so shocked when the doc told me that, I forgot to ask any questions, so I've called his office and his nurse is going to call me back and let me know what's going on. I don't go back to my surgeon until March 27, and I'd really like to know something before then.

Thanks to anyone willing to share.

Karen Ocker
03-11-2008, 04:09 PM
A friend nurse-practitioner, only in her 40s, had terrible back pain(no scoliosis) with was misdiagnosed as "asthma/allergies". Her bone densities showed osteoporosis!!! Further tests showed compressed thoracic vertebrae and fracture. She was in terrible pain. Her husband, in an effort to give her a little treat, gave her a gift certificate for a tanning salon. Naturally no one wants skin cancer, but she agreed to go in for about 15 minutes just for relaxation. In a short time her back pain went away. The artificial light stimulated her own manufacture of Vit D so important for bone strength. She could not tolerate the usual bone density medications but is using the nasal spray (I forget the name). Her bone density has increased and the fracture has healed pain free.

03-11-2008, 10:01 PM
Super story of an innovative solution, Karen!

03-11-2008, 10:41 PM
The immediate result of the tanning, she probably looked really hot and like she'd been on vacation. The later result, less pain, so probably feeling hot and looking like she'd been on vacation. Good news all round! Apart from the skin cancer risks. I love my 'porcelain' skin.

03-12-2008, 07:55 AM
I just have to add my 2 cents' worth on the subject of those gorgeous tans... and I know Karen's friend didn't do her time at the tanning bed to get one of those...

I am a melanoma survivor-- had it at age 20 and thought my life was just about over. It is a very serious cancer. The melanoma rates have increased a lot over the years; I think at least partly attributed to the use of tanning beds. It's important to get some "rays," :cool: but to still protect yourself. Please don't overdo it.

Becky-- no wonder you've been having a lot of pain!!! I kept thinking about that aspect of it after I read your post yesterday. :eek: