I posted on the thyroid forum the other day about a letter I had received from the hospital regarding the results of a DEXA scan I had in January, they were recommending that my GP consider prescribing Bisphosphonates for OP.
I phoned the hospital and asked for the actual results as I was not prepared to consider these drugs unless I really had no other choice.
Members on the Thyroid forum suggested the I post here on the bone health forum for people's thoughts. I now have the report and results and would welcome your thoughts and opinions.
For reference I am small framed ( 150 cm tall) and I am 59 years old. I had an early menopause and have probably been oestrogen deficient for about 15 years,I also have Hypothyroidism and am taking levothyroxine (75mcg )and T3 (12.5mcg , split into 2 doses ) daily. I suspect that my hypothyroidism has been untreated for about 20 years.
Sclerotic/degenerative changes are noted in the visualised lumbo-sacral spine.
L2-L4 BMD 1.023 T-score -1.5 Comment osteopenia
However L1 and L2 are osteoporotic
Individual vertebral scores:
L1 -2.2 L2 -2.4. L3 -1.1. L4-1.1
Left femoral neck BMD 0.810 T score -1.4 Comment osteopenia
I am not being complacent but I thought that these results show that I am just outside the osteoporotic range, I thought that the T scores had to be worse than - 2.5.
I would very much prefer to try and improve things, if I can, with exercise, diet and supplements before I take strong pharmaceutical drugs.
Many thanks in advance.