How motivated are you to work out? I’ve felt guilty about my sluggish lifestyle for years. I know exercise is good for me. Sitting at my computer most of the day isn’t. I used to be dedicated about exercise years ago, then lost interest and got sedentary.
I joined a fancy gym, several months ago when the physical therapist suggested Pilates. It felt like pulling teeth to go. When my new orthopedist told me to not do any exercise for now, I phoned my gym and put my membership on hold. Why did I feel relieved to do that?
Then came surprising news that got me moving. Last week I decided to get established with a doctor closer to home. While we were going over my paper work, she asked what I was doing to treat my Osteopenia. What? Who said I had Osteopenia?
The bone scan I had months ago, did. My doctor at Stanford had reported my Bone Density results were “just fine”. What part of Osteopenia is fine? I’m a menopausal woman who fractured her femur in 2 places, one month before the Bone Density test!
I’m thrilled to have a sharp new doctor. Her blunt statement and concerned look, gave me the push I needed to start moving again. I had no idea I needed to be treating my bone thinning. I didn’t even know I had bone thinning!
I’m starting like a snail and my little dog is ecstatic. Rather than going to my fancy gym, I just tie my sneakers on and head out the door. My hip aches but at this point it’s more important to build back some bone, or that hip replacement I need may not be viable.
Risk factors for getting Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
- being female
- being an menopausal woman who is not taking hormone replacement therapy
- leading an inactive lifestyle
- being thin or having a small frame
- excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption
- low calcium intake
Osteopenia means you have low bone density. It places you at a higher risk of bone fracture and developing Osteoporosis. Some people have lower bone density, naturally. Not in my case. I had a bone density test 10 years ago, and the results were normal.
My new doctor wants me taking 1,800 mgs of a good calcium supplement daily, doing weight-bearing exercise (walking) and lifting small hand weights. We’re not going the RX medication route for now, which is fine with me. I’d rather try to fix my problem holistically.
Have you have you bone density tested lately?