Hello new friends.
I'm 45, recently diagnosed, and am feeling overwhelmed. Up until this point, I've been very active with lots of hiking, walking, weight lifting, but am now scared to continue with my physical activity.
My T score is -5.1 in my spine and -4.5 in my hip. Recently, I've been experiencing a lot of bone pain in my feet/ankles/back. I'm going in for an xray of my feet/ankles to check for fractures. Next Tuesday, I begin the daily injections of Forteo. I've started calcium/vitamin D.
Due to the severity of my osteoporosis combined with my age, I'm really worried about what the next few years of my life will look like. I know that I'm going to need to make some big changes, but don't even know where to start.
Any advice for a reluctant newbie?
That's a huge loss of bone density for someone your age. Have they checked your parathyroid levels (not the same as thyroid), which should be done at the same time as calcium and Vitamin D? I hope they're looking for an underlying cause.
Yes, they have. They're baffled too. They've referred me for genetic testing to see if there might be a reason for all this, but so far, no luck. I'm in the Bay Area and am just starting to look for specialists in SF.
I hope they manage to find the cause and are then able to treat that, not just treat the resulting osteoporosis. Why did you have a DEXA scan in the first place, have you had a fracture?