A member asked:

Had spine mri.. showed 4 compression fractures.. and bone marrow edema is diffusely of low signal intensity.. what does this mean? i'm only 39

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Dr. Matthew Fero answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

Unless you lift pianos for a living, then you should not be getting vertebral compression fractures at age 39. Have you had your ovaries removed? If so, and you've not had hormone replacement therapy then a lack of estrogen could cause increased osteoporosis. Diseases of the bone marrow can also cause weakened vertebrae, so I'd start by checking blood counts, and serum protein electrophoresis.

Answered May 21, 2020



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