Vertebral (Spinal) Compression Fracture: Symptoms, Treatment, Exercises, and Long-Term Effects

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What symptoms did you experience with your vertebral compression fracture? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Holly, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I fell down a drop on rocks and boulders (under 10m fall) and crushed my L1 and L2 vertebrae. The vertebral compression fracture happened almost three years ago now, and my back has never been the same. At times I would experience numbness, tingling, or hot burning sensation in the lower back and legs. I was also on oxycodone (opioids) for the pain and have done physiotherapy, however, reading the comments, a lot of people have had multiple vertebral fractures, so I do not understand why I would be in pain every day.

Comment from: Leeharper2000, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I had a bad fall and have 4 compression fractures, one at T11 and R12 and two more at L2 and L3. I have had a lifetime of back issues and have to say the pain associated with the fracture at T12 is so much worse than anything I have experienced in my lifetime. I have actually had to change how I describe my pain level. The pain level compared to past experience is now maximum 13 and unbearable, and cannot get any help for my pain due to opioid epidemic.

Comment from: cyclistfalldown, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I sustained a wedge vertebral compression fractures to my L2 and L3 due to a cycling accident. It’s been 5 days and I have almost no pain. I am still worried about spinal damage, but I don’t have any loss of feeling or movement. Still stressing that it can occur later on.

Comment from: MickyM80, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had a burst fracture of T 10 and compression fractures of 11 and 12 from a motor vehicle accident. I lost control of my bladder at the emergency room. I received fusion surgery. Now, 8 weeks in, I have no skin sensation from my waist to the middle of my buttock. I have moderate pain with no pain medicines. Hardest is trying to sit, stand, and roll over in bed. Pain radiates from my mid back to around the hips constantly. I have severe muscle spasms and depression.

Comment from: Anne H , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I am 78 and was diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture three months ago. I have had physiotherapy recently and am off Endone but still can only sit for about one and a half hours. I still have to take Panamax for the pain. It is all a bit discouraging.

Comment from: mtnlady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I am 5 days out of having T12 compression fracture cemented, and pain is severe on the left side around my hip area. It is worse than when I had procedure. I wonder if this is common.

Comment from: Irene, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I was painting and had a vertebral compression fracture. My L4 AND L5 hurt so badly. I have to climb stairs to go to the bathroom. I can barely walk and I lost my back brace.

Comment from: GCAM, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I fractured my L2 8 weeks ago. Things are somewhat better, but I am having terrible burning on the left and right side of my spine in the area that was fractured. I am wondering if this is normal with a vertebral compression fracture.

Comment from: Cm, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I had a vertebroplasty in the second week of June, on T 12 for vertebral compression fracture, due to an injury I received at home. The procedure was fine, relief was instant, and there was some residual pain radiating down one side or the other. Now I have a sore spot on the left side about 2 inches down from T 12, and my back pops a lot.

Comment from: Pain City, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

Well, I will say these vertebral compression fractures are the worst pain I have ever had in my life. I have four. Just to move, the pain is awful. My life has really changed. I do want to thank the people who post, for I know I'm not in this alone. Have had the block with no help. Starting on a new medicine to rebuild bone. Just awful!

Comment from: Shelbelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had 2 vertebral compression fractures at T11 and T12. I lived with this horrible pain for six weeks and it only got worse. So I had a vertebroplasty done and 2 weeks out I am in just as much pain as I was before the surgery. I wonder if this is normal because I can barely stand it. I had such high hopes of feeling normal again that I just am crushed that the pain is still so horrible.

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Comment from: cushy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I had my gallbladder removed and third day post operation I had an acute onset of severe back pain. I could not lie down on my back or sit on a chair due to the severity of the pain. The pain was in my lower back region spreading across both hips. I used tramadol. Voltarol and diazepam for the pain which only touched the surface. After two visits to the doctor I asked for an x-ray and discovered the vertebral compression fracture. It has been seven weeks and the pain is not as severe now. However it gets worse at night and disturbs my sleep. I have osteoporosis diagnosed when I was 44 probable due to an early menopause which started at 39. Regrettable I never took my medication for osteoporosis. I am a nurse and I am on sick leave at the moment. I do a lot of bending and lifting at work and I am terrified to go back in case I fracture more vertebrae. I did not have a fall and wondered if the fracture happened during the procedure or happened during coughing.

Comment from: LofanN., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

Initially I experienced little or no symptoms of my vertebral compression fracture, then began having a burning, sharp on and off pain. I found it very difficult to stand on my feet for any period of time. Lastly I lost any sensation of needing to have a bowel movement, I did not go for 2 weeks! My doctor put me on Miralax which worked to get me moving; but I still have no feeling of having to go.

Comment from: AnasaziDan, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I wonder if chronic level 4 pain is to be expected weeks following brace use for vertebral compression fracture.

Comment from: Hargo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I had severe pain and nausea when I had the vertebral compression fracture.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I fractured my T12 vertebrae as the result of a fall last year. I had kyphoplasty 10 months ago for my vertebral compression fracture but still have daily pain. I don't want to take prescription pain medicines so I've been toughing it out. I plan to explore physical therapy very soon.

Comment from: emmasue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I was wondering what symptom others have had. My upper back feels like the vertebrae are moving. My thighs are so painful it is hard to walk. I broke seven vertebrae and four ribs due to being thrown from a horse.

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