6 months, 3 weeks PO
Since it is VERY unusual for somebody in the early 40’s to just “slip & fall” and have a complete hip fracture, it was time to investigate further. A DEXA scan was performed to measure my bone density in my spine and left femoral neck (my R, op hip, has too much metal in it. Go figure.).
My spine is great but my hip shows early signs of “Osteopenia”.
Osteopinea is the step “before” osteoporosis. The bone is not quite as dense as a healthy bone but not as bad as one with osteoporosis.
Last time I had one done was 8 years ago, before my hip saga started five years ago and it came back with very good results, spine and hip.
I made research and know now that I got this probably because of being on crutches for so long and being very restricted. (3 hip surgeries/ 4 years = 44 weeks on crutches.)
To maintain good healthy bones you need a good, healthy diet and weight bearing exercises. My diet is indeed very healthy and I am quite active but I have not been able to do “sports” like I used to. I am either in recovery mode or doing physical therapy/ exercises since years.
My first two hip surgeries, combined with two stress fractures in my pelvis, took me three years to recover and now I am in my 3rd recovery and in my 6st month.
In one medical article I read “if one is inactive or bedridden for a long time, it can cause it”. I am sure that’s it. EVERY other question I answered with no.
- Are you over 50? No.
- Are you done with PMS? No.
- Do you drink alcohol? No.
- Do you drink soda? No.
- Do you consume a lot of coffein? No.
- Are you petit? No.
- Are you small boned? No.
- Do you drink a lot of coffee? No.
- Does it run in your family? No.
Some other risks include being white and female. Guilty.
I have to make more research because the LAST thing I need are brittle bones. With Osteopinea also the risk for hip fractures increases. No kidding!!!
My doctor prescibed me a diet, rich in calcium, take vitamin D 3 pills and exercise “more” which is a bit easier said than done because all of this aside, I am still recovering from a hip fracture and need to be sensible about it.
Looking back to December 31. 2017, my accident on the slopes – it really was the perfect storm and the last missing piece of the puzzle was just found.
Time to rethink and face another challenge. At least I know now.