Hope for you if you have osteoporosis..
I don’t remember if i blogged about this before, but whatever.
So a few weeks ago I had my bone scan again.
The chart is divided into green (normal), orange (osteopaenia, i.e. pre-osteoporosis), and red (osteoporosis). On my first scan, I was off the bottom of the red.
Last time, one of my hips was on the red-orange border, the other was just over into the orange, and my spine was on the line…
This time, both hips and my spine were completely in the orange and farther up than before! So I now no longer have osteoporosis. I have osteopaenia!!!!
The radiologist was pretty shocked. I still don’t have my period and haven’t had any since my first few when they started at puberty.
I took alendronic acid for awhile. It’s a super strong acid that stops bone deterioration, but it also tends to burn your oesophagus, so… yeah, had to stop that.
Then i tried hormone patches. LOL, NOPE! BAAAAAD. I had really bad side effects. But it’s a shame, coz I know they work for a lot of people and help stop bone deterioration.
I couldn’t take strontium because of food allergies to some ingredients.
So eventually I bought this special vibration therapy machine. It’s NOT the same as those vibrating pilates platform things. They aren’t any good for osteoporotic bones.
The one I got was designed for NASA astornauts because they tend to get osteoporosis when in space with no gravity for long periods. They have no weight-bearing excercise since they have no weight, and that can cause osteoporosis.
The machine is like a big bathroom scale. You simply plug it in and stand on it for 20 minutes 5 times a week. And that’s it. Done.
But yeah, that machine basically worked miracles on me. The radiologist was pretty impressed coz she’d never seen an improvement like that in someone whose period hadn’t returned yet.
So yeah, I’m happy. very happy. And yeah, my ED is screaming away about how fat I must be for this to have happened. But my answer is a) bollocks to that, coz the improvement is due to a machine, not my being fat, and b) well, whatever, at least i won’t end up with a crumbling spine and unable to walk and whatever before I’m even very old.
I wrote all this medical info not because I’m into hypochondria etc, but in case anyone is despairing at what they have done to their bones. It’s not hopeless. There are treatments and therapies. And they can WORK!