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Precautions for Lumbar hairline fracture. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   can i know ur name doctor?
User :   hi doc XXXXXXXX here
User :   wit the back problem
Doctor :   he is not there right now pls tel me
User :   ok
User :   i had an injury on my back
Doctor :   k
User :   it was abt 2 months back
Doctor :   ok
User :   i got an xray done and doctor says it is a hairline fracture
User :   how long will it take to heal fully?
Doctor :   fracture of the pls tel me the bone
Doctor :   hip bone or the thigh bone
Doctor :   or the sacrum
User :   he said L5
Doctor :   ok
User :   L5 region
Doctor :   it will take generally 4-6 weeks for the fracture to heal
User :   but i am able to walk around fine and do my normal activities
User :   its almost been 2 months now
Doctor :   but for the pain to subside and for you to feel well it will take sometoime
User :   how long?
Doctor :   5-6 months of atime
User :   ohhh
User :   i cannot sit for long
User :   or sleep on my back for long
User :   i am using a belt as of now
Doctor :   yes these are the once since the
Doctor :   fracture heals well but the tenderness remains since remodeling takes place
User :   can i lead a normal life now?
Doctor :   for the bone to attain the near normalcy
User :   after these few months?
Doctor :   avoid lifting any weights
User :   for life?
User :   since i am into sports and travel a lot
User :   will there be any prob?
Doctor :   that will need to wait till you are fit
User :   how long?
Doctor :   5-6 months then you will need to slowly build up
User :   ok
User :   but i never had any pain even in the initial days and was able to walk and do all activities
User :   could i be with muscles also?
Doctor :   inetiall your muscles go into a spasm so you do not feel the pain
User :   ohhh
User :   wat are the chances of a slip disc?
User :   or any other serious problem?
Doctor :   Xray would have revealed that
User :   do i need an mri?
Doctor :   yes at a later stage you wil need it
User :   for wat reason?
Doctor :   to see the progress of the fracture and that will be only if you still have pain
User :   pain is reducing - only thing is i cant sit or sleep on my back for long
Doctor :   these are the ongoing process of fracture healing
User :   ok
User :   i was scared since its already 2 months now
User :   so no other problem?
Doctor :   the condition will improve in 4-5 months
User :   ok
User :   and wat about my other activities?
User :   can i resume them?
Doctor :   they will need to be resumed at a later stage
User :   how about travelling to work? i am a S/W engg so i need to work on PC
User :   sitting for long
Doctor :   do not sit for long since take a walk from tim to time
Doctor :   may be every 15-20 min
User :   ok
Doctor :   do not strain your back
User :   wat abt travel?
Doctor :   two wheeler will be avoided
Doctor :   take a four wheeler
User :   ok
User :   and sleeping position?
Doctor :   soft mattress
User :   i am using firm one and sleeping on ground
Doctor :   will help since ti should avoid strain
User :   ok
Doctor :   ok
User :   can i sleep on my back or upside down on stomach?
Doctor :   sleep o your back with a straight back since an altered posture will sauce more harm
User :   ok
User :   so there is no permanent damage? or disability?
Doctor :   nope
User :   ok :)
User :   thank you doctor
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   no
User :   thanks
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Doctor :   tell me when you are done
User :   wat form?
Doctor :   feed back form
User :   done
Doctor :   ok
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