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Re: DEXA scan
Oct 11, 2007
Hi Chloe welcome... Below is a good link from the Univ of WA on Osteoporosis that should explain, t-scores, fracture risk, medications/ treatment, and risk factors for bone loss. All predictors have several variables, so look through the list of things that cause bone loss and see which apply to you.

Your scores are in the Osteoporosis range, which you can read about below. There's also a fracture risk calculator, if you want to try it, but remember that dxa scores "alone" are not a predictor for fractures. Read through the page that the link takes you too, then click on the Home page and read through the series because it will give you a lot of good info.

Weight bearing exercises, bone vitamins/minerals are essential, but if you have any injuries be sure to factor that into your exercise routine so you don't make anything worse. If you decide to go with one of the bone meds, read as much as you can about it to figure out what is best for you. Everyone has differing responses to these meds so it's a tough decision which can be made much easier with education.

Since your lowest score is -3.4, I would definitely check with an Endocrinologist/Rheumatologist to check for any of the secondary causes of osteoporosis. I'm sure you are aware of the usual causes but there are others; thyroid, parathyroid, absorption probs etc that can cause bone loss. Have you had your calcium, hormone, vitamin D, and thyroid levels checked? If you have the type of insurance that allows a specialist or second opinion, I would take advantage of that. There's no reason to panic, but you do need to take some form of action to prevent further bone loss.

I started out with low bone density -3.6 (spine) with several fractures and failed bone surgeries so I started on Actonel, but it didn't do much for me and I didn't like the side effects. A year later I went on Forteo, which isn't for everyone, but for me I have no complaints, and it's really turned my score around to mid osteopenia range. Your score is considered low, but it doesn't mean your going to fall apart; just take it one step at a time and do what you need to reverse it.

Good luck, and if you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask.


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