“I’ve heard about osteoporosis, but thought I didn’t fit the profile. It turns out you don’t have to fit the profile – thin, small boned, Caucasian and heading towards 60. It’s amazing how you can have the symptoms, but something doesn’t “click”. I was diagnosed with two fractures in my spine two years ago, found on an MRI and X-ray.
I was told I had borderline osteoporosis, but nothing could be done, just three months of rest and medication. Not easy, as my husband had just had a bypass and I had to run his business and mine during his and my recuperation. Luckily, my office chair was very comfortable! The following year, I had a really strange pain in my right groin. X-ray showed nothing. It took about three months to heal. My back and legs were never terribly comfortable after that.
Fast-forward to June 2020. In Lockdown, I had a tingle in my left groin, which quickly developed into severe pain. Back on crutches and this time I went to visit the Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon who diagnosed severe osteoporosis after an MRI and blood tests. It turned out the pain I had had in my right groin the year before was a healed fracture. I have been given differing advice – annual infusion vs a weekly medication, exercise – walking or cycling, biokineticist or physiotherapist. I have taken it upon myself to take Collagen, calcium, magnesium, and Super C, and drink bone broth daily.
The best advice to date that I have been given is to see an Endocrinologist, who specialises in a range of conditions, such as diabetes, menopause, osteoporosis and thyroid problems. So here we go, at the beginning of my osteoporosis journey – I have to get it right. I want to play with my grandchildren, enjoy this beautiful country and travel. It is incredible how quickly one can go to being borderline osteoporosis to having fully-fledged osteoporosis, but I am determined to be fit and well.”