I realise what I am about to discuss can effect men and ladies under menopause too but more commonly after menopause.
I have a relative aged 66, otherwise healthy, very active, slim and with high pain tolerance.
She has on occasions in the last 4 years fallen probably through rushing in heels. Consequence of those falls a very painful back, GPs visited. Take pain killers and go away the standard reply. Even a trip to A&E brought no help. Take painkillers and go away. This was after hearing a loud crack picking up a granchild.
Feb this year in agony again, the very strong lady reduced to tears turning over and moving visits GP again, told we don't do anything for backs these days. Exercise and take painkillers.
I have a physio friend who told me she most likely has a fracture, she needs a bone density scan and calcium. This without seeing her.
So back to GP, oh dear he says I have back ache too ( this is the jobs worth my son has dealt with about APS). Sends her away, come again in a few weeks. She does I say demand a scan and calcium. A I trust the physio. He says there's no point and bone density not necessary. But agrees to refer to another GP for second opinion. Weeks go by in agony. So the second guy says ok to an MRI but will she be content when it comes back normal and no she can't have calcium.
So fast forward MRI results back she has widespread osteoporosis her spine has crumbled. Now they order a bone density scan oh and large doses of calcium.
She had early menopause and broke a wrist 15 years ago but nobody picked up the relevance. And for 4 years GPs have ignored her.
I am so so cross, her back is ruined, she is a widow who wants to be active but I believe that's gone now. The GPshould be ashamed they have not even said sorry, this could have been prevented or at least halted 4 years ago before her spine was ruined.
So ladies take care and take your calcium and fight fight fight.