So I posted a while back after I got diagnosed with osteoporosis and had a vertebral fracture. Turns out I actually had 4 vertebral fractures, not 1 like they initially thought!
I’m about 8 weeks out from the fractures (and so 8 weeks in to taking alendronic acid) so they should be just about healed up or nearly healed (unsure how much my daily steroid dose will affect healing). But while I’m miles more mobile etc than I was I’m still struggling with pain and stiffness a lot of the time.
I also just started work as a junior doctor on busy surgical wards which probably isn’t helping to be fair (standard day shifts are 9-10 hours without much chance for a break normally). I’m using a single crutch or walking stick at work to help keep me upright but I really can’t walk very far without a lot of pain still without any support - I struggle to hold myself upright and not bend forwards a bit. I also can’t really stand upright in one position for very long without needing to move or sit down, like if I’m trying to do meal prep for the week I find I need to sit down to chop everything. I’m using ice and heat packs after busy days and doing some basic physio exercises to try and build up strength again but just seem to have hit a plateau in progress now.
Is this normal for this stage after fractures? Or just for osteoporosis generally? I know a bit about it from my training but still haven’t really had any information about what to expect living with it or been talked through the diagnosis by any of my doctors because my DEXA report came back the same day I went to a&e and found the fractures - I think everyone sort of seems to think someone else has done it! I’ve got an appointment at the metabolic bone clinic coming up but that isn’t until November so I’m just trying to muddle along until then.