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    What causes persistent pain and discomfort in the fractured T7 vertebrae?

Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: Two years ago I was diagnosed with a fracture at the T7 vertebrae. At the time, I was told that there appeared to be signs of an earlier fracture of the same site. I did recall pain a few months earlier. However, at that time, the intensity and symptoms were not as debilitatating as those which eventually took me to the ER for the oficial diagnosis.
I am a 63yo white female, fair, of slender build; and, have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Previously, I have had fractured ribs and a hip fracture.
My question is this: Often I experience significant pain/discomfort in the area of the vertebral fracture while doing dishes, or even lying down. Is it possible that there is a disintegration in the affected area? What, if anything, could be done to relieve these issues and make these symptoms more tolerable? I take Extra Strength Tylenol 500mg tab2 every 6hrs, with very little effect. Due to chronic GI issues, I cannot take NSAIDS.
In advance, thank you for your time and assistance.
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Can be due to spondylosis.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for posting your query.
The persistent pain and discomfort in the fractured area can be due to spondylosis that develops after a fracture. This is not suggestive of disintegration. You need to start with calcium and vitamin D3 supplements regularly and do back strengthening exercises under the guidance of a physiotherapist. Applying heat and a local analgesic gel like Volini gel will also help you. You can get oral muscle relaxants prescribed from your physician in case the pain is severe.
I hope this answers your query.
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Wishing you good health.
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Thank you for your timely response. I will follow your suggestions. Also, I am appreciative of the offer to be available for further follow up, if needed.
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