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I just found out I have a fractured L5 vertebrae in my lower back. Dr. says it may have been that way for years. I strained it the other day doing a crazy swim drill with my head completely out of the water. The next morning my back was tight. I was late for a meeting at work so I jogged a few hundred yards in from the parking lot and I guess that was too much (I never run/jog). After the jog and a fast walk, a stab of pain shot into my lower back. Dr. took X-rays on Friday and on Monday showed me the fracture. Geez. He kinda acted like it was not a huge deal. No surgery or anything like that. Apparently it is fairly stable and will stay that way if I continue to strengthen my core. He says I can continue to ride and probably swim, especially if I will give it a break for a while and let the aggravation die down.
Has anyone else experienced this or know someone else that has? I am not completely confident about being told my L5 is fractured but not to worry. On the other hand, I almost wish I did not know about it at all. If this is what old age is like, I am not looking forward to it at all.
Thanks for any replies.
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I tell people i don't mind getting old but really dislike falling apart while getting there
Your fx at l-5 is not dangerous just mainly aggrevating
your right strengthen core and get a good back exercise program and avoid activities
that aggrevate Thats not to say with time and the strenghening you may be able to do pretty much what you want
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I have a friend with this. He has I think three or four of his lumbar vertebra fractured. His are called Scotty dog fractures because on x-ray his vertebra look like Scotty dogs. He makes sure to not carry any extra weight in his midsection and keep a strong core and he has no problems at all. Best wishes.
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