Broken spine

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What is broken spine?

Spinal fractures can occur in the thoracic (midback), lumbar (lower back) or cervical (upper back) regions of the spine. A breakage of the spinal vertebrae usually occur due to trauma of some kind.

Common symptoms reported by people with broken spine

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with broken spine

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
broken spine (2) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)

Data from patients with broken spine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with broken spine

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux cognitive impairment 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain swelling in legs, feet and ankles
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth fluid retention weight gain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for broken spine (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
broken spine (2) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding nosebleeds
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
alcohol intolerance confusion
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
burning sensation in thumb loss of manual dexterity 4 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation ejaculation delayed 5 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with broken spine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has broken spine on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 10
30s 24
40s 58
50s 66
60s 51
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 16
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 17
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 97
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from broken spine patients who have completed their condition history
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