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A 53-year-old female asked:

How serious is l5 fractured verabre along with 2 herniated disc have to take a veryo g drive-1200 miles a tithing i can do to make it less painf?

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Dr. Michael Gerling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 21 years experience
Take breaks: Anti-inflammatories and breaks are your best bet. Stretch and walk around between drive segments.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Many variables: Low lumbar fractures rarely require surgery if traumatic. If from osteoporosis, not serious but likely going to be painful. As healing progresses past 3 months, 70% will be healed. Discs don't do well with sitting, so sciatica could also be an issue. Take breaks, some nsaids salonpas hot. Consider seeing doc for steroids before trip. Epidural could be preventative. Dosepak on hand as backup.

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Last updated Jul 18, 2013

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