Bone density scans for women - anyone had one of these?

More
10 years 2 months ago #31219 by reggit
My elderly mum has just had another stress fracture in her spine - very bad osteoporosis.

My sister and I think that bone density scans for ourselves to assess risk/start taking supplements if needed would be a very good idea, seeing what mum has gone through.

Anyone had one of these done? Expensive? Do you need a referral from a doctor?

Take a break...while I take care of your home, your block, your pets, your stock! [;)] PM me...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #419946 by Blueberry
Hi Tigger
yes, i've had one done a couple of months ago. My sister has been diagnosed with severe Osteoporosis, and her doctor recommended us siblings get a test done, because it can be genetic predisposed. i have to note though that my sister is a heavy smoker, and smoking is one of the main causes, apparently.

well, anyway, i asked my medical doctor how to proceed, and they gave me the phone number of the person at the local hospital who organises it. I was given a time the following week, was told i'd have to pay ($140). the scan, plus waiting for the pics to print took about 3/4 hours. The lady also explained the results to me - yup, i'm good, a nice, healthy average :o for my age group

[;)] Blueberry
treading lightly on mother earth

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #419947 by ronnie
Ring your local private x-ray provider and ask about cost and referrals etc. My OH has one done every 3 years due to long term steroid due to his lung disease.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #419969 by KiplingAngel
I had a few done when I was involved in a university study

Not scary at all, lovely people, but unsure as to the cost as it was a funded study...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #419974 by muri
I read an article somewhere on a study of women gardeners compared with non gardeners and it would appear the gardeners had a much higher bone density than non gardeners.
You could start all sorts of arguements that people who garden live healthier lifestyles etc and its probably true.
But i could imagine that an outdoor lifestyle may overcome some genetic predispositions

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #419980 by reggit
As my sister the nurse points out...mum pretty much did everything wrong with preventing osteo. She had a poor diet as a kid (rationing in UK), then processed food in the US, kept well out of the sunshine at all times, didn't exercise very much (but stayed skinny as a rake)...the more exercise you do the more muscle you build and the bones bulk up accordingly.

A friend of mine has osteogenesis imperfecta (sp?) a genetic condition of brittle bones, and when she started working out/exercising more, her rate of breaks from really everyday activities fell dramatically.

Gardeners exercise and get their Vit D from the sun

Take a break...while I take care of your home, your block, your pets, your stock! [;)] PM me...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #420000 by Anne
Being of medium to solid build and getting lots of impact excercise (ie walking as opposed to swimming) is the best way to prevent osteoporosis. Not smoking or drinking, eating a healthy diet (so maintaining a healthy weight) and getting out into the sun regularly are also good for you.

We were talking about it recently at work and one of the Drs said that despite my hobbies (falling off horses were what he was thinking of) I was at very low risk for developing osetoporosis because I am carrying a decent amount of body muscle and have good levels of excercise. Consensus was that a scan wasn't going to show much and as I have had very few broken bones and no casts so far in my life, empirical evidence indicates that I do not have a problem :D :) . So I'm saving my money - probably to spend on something which could possibly cause injury[;)]

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #420003 by DiDi
I smoke, I drink wine, I have farmed for 30 years, I have been out in the sun for most of those and never broken a bone in my life despite some massive knocks from animals and a couple of car accidents (passenger).

I have a 95 year old mother who is crippled in her hands with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and she has flown through bone density tests. Never been a gardener, never been a sun person, worked indoors most of her life as a nurse and in business.

So all I can say is that despite what we are told (yes this is two people!) the generalisation of medical conditions has reached crisis point. If you have smoked one cigarette in your life and admitted to it, you will be put down as a smoking related illness on your death certificate. Don't people get it? This is how many people are keeping their jobs. By espousing rubbish that is too PC to challenge.

Why am I so angry about this? I have just had to get my mother off a drug that was Doctor prescribed (a blood thinner) that had hugely negative outcomes for her. One month down the line, her health, memory, sleep, depression has improved immensely. Why? What drug is tested for the elderly? Bleeding veins in her legs, her brain etc. Ridiculous!

So tigger, you have nothing to lose by having the test obviously but how is your general health in terms of bone breaks etc? Personally, even with your Mother's history I would not be bothering until I had broken a bone that by rights should not have broken - if that makes sense. It is like the Doctors who today charge in 10 minute increments? Say wot? You (not me - my Doctor did not believe in it!) are pushed in and out like sheep in a yard and that is all about money,not patient health surely?

Bear in mind, I do not know if you can leave the repairing of your bones IF you have a problem with density until after it is discovered. If you can - no problem.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #420023 by Simkin
I've had one done, had the best result my GP had seen in decades[^] and I don't drink milk[:0]. It was prescribed as I'm high risk:rolleyes: so didn't have to pay for it. My mum had osteoporosis. At age 50 she had shrunk some 5 cm already.

Tigger - bone density can never increase after puberty but it decreases steadily after menopause. The best that can be done is to slow down the rate of decrease.

Coffee (which I don't drink) is another risk factor for osteoporosis. I use dolomite powder and sesame as calcium sources.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #420027 by Ronney
Tigger, by all means have this done if it will help you feel better and organise how you live. But keep in mind these things are not always genetic and are as often as not, individual.

Kevin, who has no history of osteo. in his family, has it in his neck, shoulder, hip, lower spine and hands. He drinks but doesn't smoke, eats a reasonably healthy diet, is active, is a tea rather than coffee drinker.

I, on the other hand, drink coffee, smoke and drink alcohol. I am short, underweight, active and no arthritis of any kind. I have excellent bone density for my age but have a degenerative lower spine and spinal stenosis.

Your a smart lady. Look around you at the people you know and find a common demoninator. There won't be one any more than there is for cancer. To that end I agree with Didi so do what you feel is right for you.

Cheers,
Ronnie

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #420077 by reggit
Thanks Ronney. For me its to get a baseline to work from later in life.

My mum's osteo wasn't picked up until way down the track and pretty much nothing they could do about it.

As an aside, she goes in for her back, and they start mucking about with her heart meds - although the meds she has been on have finally got her living normally again the last 6 months since her pacemaker was fitted. Grrr. She's had a stand up row with them about not making changes until her cardiac specialist is consulted, but as they have control of all her meds while she is there...sigh...lucky my sister is a nurse and can advocate for her...[:(!]

Take a break...while I take care of your home, your block, your pets, your stock! [;)] PM me...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 years 2 months ago #420128 by reggit
Doctor's advice to me...get a bone scan at menopause, and another a year later. This will show baseline before most problematic time for maintaining bone density, and whether the density is decreasing and needs attention.

Take a break...while I take care of your home, your block, your pets, your stock! [;)] PM me...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Time to create page: 0.216 seconds