Hi- I had an MRI and a DXA scan fall 2011 and both said that there was "evidence of a previous compression fracture with mild anterior wedging at T12". But I also had xrays about a month prior and it said "some anterior spurring" at T12- but didn't mention a fracture. I also had xrays about 6 months before that and those xrays said nothing about T12 whatsoever.
So I am wondering how long it takes for "anterior spurring" to occur (that is osteoarthritis from the fracture I guess). Like, could the fracture have occured 5 months prior and the spurs grow in only 5 months?
This question is really important to me and my doctors, God love them, just don't know this sort of thing. My back continues to really kill me. I am exercising, doing everything I can. I keep hoping that the pain is just because I am improving my posture. It would really help me to figure out what is wrong if i was to know when the T12 fracture occurred. If it occurred 20 years ago, I will just stop worrying about this pain.
***Also***, for the life of me I forget the term for the extra analysis you can ask for from a DXA scan to check for fractures. I did not have that done. My pain is more around T7-T3 and neither the MRI or DXA scan checked this area. I have a doctors appointment on Monday and plan to beg him to send me back for this analysis, but I can't remember what it is called!!! I tried googling. Also, don't know if this analysis will be able to date any fractures it sees.
Thank you very much. I just really am so tired of this pain and not knowing what it is. Of course I am scared the pain is my spine crumbling, lol, and I feel that if I knew it was ok, it would not affect me as much. Like, the fear is worse than the pain.