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    vertebral fractures
    nananc posted:
    Excellent article in New York Times science section today (6/29). It recommends a lateral DEXA. Has anyone had one?

    Also go to the other article on the page about posture and exercise--great tips!
    bonebabe responded:
    It's called a VFA - Vertebral Fracture Assessment - and is done only when certain criteria are met:

    1) a height loss from maximum height of 1.5" or .75" from last measured height

    2) history of a compression fracture

    3) osteoporosis as defined by BMD

    4) steroid use of 5 mg for > 3 months
    nananc replied to bonebabe's response:
    Thanks for the information.
    Tomato05 responded:
    Thanks for the article.

    I can't find the other article you mention, though (posture and exercise)...
    periwinkle52 responded:
    Good morning, Yes, I had one, after complaining off severe back pain to my "Pain Specialist", for 4 yrs. I had 4 broken vertabrae! Unfortunately, most Dr.'s do not know my illness, to the extent it has gone. It started with Hyperparathyroidism. Our Parathyroids produce calcium. Mine went into my blood, rather my bones. (Hungry bone syndrome) It went undiagnosed for way too long. Even after a broken hip, @ age 35yrs. At any rate, I had to have a complete back fusion. There were nerve endings sticking up thru the broken vertabrae, causing extreme pain. After reading my surgey notes, there were words, I didn't understand, so I looked them up. It explained a-lot to me. It actually read, "That most people with this sort of injury, are heavy duty construction workers!" I was a 40yr. old female, running a Maintenance Co.! Unfortunately, this disease I have is genetic, and involves the entire Endocrine system. So, the issues don't just include bone injuries. As for the test, it explained ALL my back pain, and I found a new "Pain Specialist!" periwinkle

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