50 yr old male.
2 years ago, diagnosed with osteoporosis after a chest x-ray said I had an old thoracic vertebrae fracture.
tested for and confirmed that I have osteoporosis.
I then went to orthopedic doctor who said my break(s) were old and that I likely had Scheumann's Kyphosis, though I never remember having this bad of a posture problem.
Taking generic fosamax, my osteoporosis is now osteopenia.
My back is virtually always in pain. I have "crawly" pain in my upper back, and difficulty catching a deep breath.
My doctor says he cannot help.
after hearing of Cobb Index, I asked for that number. I was told it is 60 degrees.
I went to see back specialist who said he agreed with other orthopedic doc that I do have Scheumann's Kyphosis, but they are in the same group and would they likely disagree?
All I know is that I cannot stand for any length of time, I cannot sit unless the chair has a good back support, and I feel miserable. I won't take my shirt off in public, I won't swim, and would rather have sweat soaked shirt than risk showing someone my disfigured back.
I do exercise (daily for an hour) but to little avail. Is there anything I can do?