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Reader Question: I am 65 years old. I have been having increased difficulty getting things down from high shelves. I saw my primary physician and he told me that I have lost 2 inches of height. He also told me that I may have vertebral (spinal) fractures and should have a bone density to check for osteoporosis. I have no pain. Is this possible?
No one wants to hear this, but height loss is common with age. Beginning in our early 50s, height begins to normally decrease, often as much as two inches by age 80. It is important to first understand the structure of our back. This includes multiple vertebra (bones): seven cervical (neck), twelve thoracic (chest), and five lumbar (lower back) vertebra. Between each vertebra, there is a vertebral disk that acts as the shock absorber of the spine. There are also tough fibrous bands called ligaments that connect the bones and joints, muscles that give the back stability and strength, and tendons that connect the bones to the muscles.
Now that the weather is turning better and you are starting to shake off those wintertime pains, a walk might sound pretty good right about now. But before you burst out the door with the dog straining at the leash and your brand new walking shoes looking so sparkly, stop to think about what you are doing first. Even though walking seems so easy, there are a few things that could help your first walk of the season be that much more enjoyable and also less likely to cause a flare-up of pain.
First, let's talk about that dog straining at the leash. You are likely to lose that tug-o-war battle and end up with worse pains than when you started your walk. You are supposed to be the one walking the dog, not the dog walking you. Take charge of your walk by expecting the dog to be following you, not out in front of you. As someone who has rescued and trained many excitable bird dogs that want nothing more than to chase small critters, I prefer the Higgins Method for walking a dog .
Alternative Names Tumor - spinal cord Symptoms The symptoms depend on the location, type of tumor, and your general health. Tumors that have spread to the spine from another site (metastatic tumors) often progress quickly. Primary tumors often progress slowly over weeks to years. Tumors in the spinal cord usually cause symptoms, sometimes over large portions of the body. Tumors outside the spinal cord may grow for a long time before causing nerve damage. Symptoms may include: Abnormal sensations , loss of sensation:
Especially in the legs (may be in the knee or ankle, with or without shooting pain down the leg) Cold sensation of the legs, cool fingers or hands, or coolness of other areas May worsen over time Back pain:
Gets worse over time In any area -- middle or low back are most common Is usually severe and not relieved by pain medication Is worse when lying down Is worse with strain, cough, sneeze May extend to the hip, leg, or feet (or arms), or all extremities May stay in the spine Fecal inc...
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