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I HAD OSTEOPOROSIS

Posted by JENIE=) Friday, November 12, 2010


Yes, you read that correctly, I had osteoporosis. Not because I am an old lady, mind you. Because truth be told, it was detected a few years ago, when I was still not in my 30's. My doctor, a rheumatologist whose the specialty for bones was truly surprised when the result for my bone mineral density test or densitology revealed that I am porotic. At first she could not believe when I showed her the test I got from a seminar...that I have osteoporosis, so she had me take this more intensive test.

I said "I HAD OSTEOPOROSIS"...past tense. Because with the free medications given me from that tertiary hospital I was working at, Fosamax and Calcium with Vitamin D, my bone toughened up a little. It is now Osteopenia instead of Osteoporosis. I was able to beat the margin for me to be diagnosed as such.

The reason for me having it when I am still young ended up to being just hereditary. My thyroid was checked, no problem there. My hormones were checked, no problem there either. I am a milk drinker and loves calcium rich foods therefore could not blame it on my intake. More to absorption probably. Test after test were made and they could not find the origin of it. Hence it was concluded to be hereditary. This disease actually was not known to my greatgrans, and so I cannot really confirm that they have it early on. I just remember them to be hunched over...but well, most oldies are hunched.

According to Medline Plus, "Osteoporosis is a silent disease. You might not know you have it until you break a bone." Very true. Or like me, the moment you feel back pains and have it checked, then you'll know what could be wrong. It is a must that you know so you can avoid possible damage to your bones it being brittle if you have porotic bones. You wouldn't want to end up paralyzed when you slipped from playing rough games not being aware that you can be that breakable!!!

Advice? If you have back pains or even just the risk factors to osteoporosis of getting older, being small and thin (as I was), having a family history of osteoporosis, taking certain medicines, being a white or Asian woman, not taking in much calcium, without much exposure to sun to activate your vitamin D, have sedentary lifestyle and a smoker...have your bones checked.
**Even if you only have osteopenia (low bone mass) or osteomalacia (softening of bones) it's best that you have it checked.

Again, PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. Therefore, MOVE, LOVE THE SUN, TAKE CALCIUM RICH FOODS and DO AWAY WITH DRINKING AND SMOKING. In short, have a healthy lifestyle.

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