Briefly: I have more than a 10 year history of severe osteoporosis with non traumatic fractures of just about every vertebra, my right hip, my right femur, my left & right foot and my left wrist. I've been on pain meds for chronic back pain for a long time. I've been experienced an increase in back pain over the past few months. The pain is in the middle of my back, more on the right side, and the pain extends upwards into my upper thoracic spine. The doctor sent me for a CT scan because the metal from fusions that exist in my spine prevent MRIs from being performed. Due to osteoporosis I have broken almost every vertebra in my spine and am fused from about C4 to S1. The diagnosis after the radiologist was as follows:
Patient demonstrates fixation of the thoracic spine with Harrington rods. The L1 vertebral body is collapsed and sclerotic. This groove that was involved and enters through the left T2 pedicles extends anteriorly into the cortex of T1.
Can anybody explain to me what the "groove" is that he refers to and what it means to have sclerotic vertebra? Thanks so much. I will be seeing my surgeon next week to see if surgery is an option for fixing this.