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Radiation Stress Fractures

ann m
Posts: 30
Joined: Jul 2011

I completed 15 radiation treatments on my spine last Thursday and now have a stress fracture. My doctor is scheduling me to see neuro neurolist now. How common is this to happen? I am an active person and had been doing my regular activities like playing in the garden during treatments. I felt great and then last week the pain in my back started. I wonder if I caused the fracture or this is a very common occurance? Am I suppose to be toning down my activities? I've just been going on with everything like always as I thought that to be a positive thing.

The pain meds work great until they fix this. But I want to get off the pain meds asap. Tomorrow I start my first chemo. Anyone know how they fix a stress fracture? I heard somewhere that they can give you a shot of something to fill the crack.

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Joined: Feb 2007

About the idea of being able to fill in cracks in the bone with a putty of some kind, but that's not actually so far-fetched. Turns out there is a kind of "bone cement" that is used to treat fractures - I have no clue about the safety or efficacy of the stuff or if it can even be used on a spinal fracture, though.

From what I've read, the best treatment is rest, I hope your doctor can help you more!

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Joined: Feb 2010

I suffered a spinal compression fracture (T-7)in June, 2010, after finishing 30 lung radiation treatments (currently with chemo). Tried to "tough it out" for a while with the help of pain meds, but finally consulted a neurologist. He recommended a procedure called "Kyphoplasty" , which he performed in September, 2010. (Google it and you'll find lots if information.) It's done in a hospital, with anesthesia, on an out-patient basis and takes about 15-20 minutes. My results were "mixed"...it certainly helped (considerably), but did not completely restore my back to its former state. (But then I want to be 18 again, too!) However, I know of others who have pronounced it a "miracle treatment". I believe it is a fairly common procedure. Good luck to you in relieving your pain!

ann m
Posts: 30
Joined: Jul 2011

Thats it, Kyphoplasty. I'm going to a specialist tomorrow who does this procedure and hope I qualify. I have the same thing, a spinal compression fracture on T-5. The pain does get very bad. From what I read, the results are very favorable.
From what I'm told it was the cancer cells that did the damage to the bone. I can't help but think the radation contributed to the deterioration too. I see how it burnt my skin on the back and how much my throat still hurts. My last radiation was last week of a 3 week cycle. I had no side effects until last week. Soon, my throat should start to feel better so I can't complain.
I'm glad you had a positive result and thanks for sharing it.

ann m
Posts: 30
Joined: Jul 2011

It is pretty funny when you think about it but logical thinking, why not?
I'll update you on the results!

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