Thanks, this is helpful. The FRAX is what I will need to go by since I've never been on osteo meds & went off hormone meds years ago.
I don't know about a bill for all the x-rays the techs said couldn't be read. If there was one, it was sent to my insurance. I did go & get a disc copy of the x-rays sent to the radiologist & they were not images of the area I requested. But, again, maybe the bone density will show how all the lower bones are melded together.
I keep things simple in my house & as hazard-free as possible. I'm already using a rollator & my spine injury is causing increasing spells of temporary paralysis, so I've had to make it safe. But we are making even more changes because a wheelchair may not be that far off for me.
I'm going to look at the NOF website. I like easy to understand & reliable information. Thanks for providing it. You have been a great help.
The DXA scan sounds a little different than what I had. The first pictures were while I was on my back. One set of pictures was taken while I was lying completely flat, then another was taken with my lower legs elevated on a foam wedge, then another was taken of my hips by forcing my my legs into a certain position with some contraption & velcro, then the final one with me on my side. I never had to raise my arms.
I fell & compacted my lower spine 26 years ago & was treated by a chiro. I had x-rays taken by another chiro 5 years ago because I was in such pain & PT/meds didn't help. I asked my doctor to order the same x-rays. In those x-rays taken a few months ago, the techs couldn't distinguish any of the damaged bones anymore, so they wouldn't even send it the radiologist. They moved the focus of the x-ray 7" higher & the report said I was normal. I am in hopes that this bone density test will also show the condition of my back injury. I don't know, maybe she was checking it as well. Having me lay on my side just doesn't make sense.
I just had a fasting Vitamin D test run & haven't heard any results. I know there must be some concern, because even though a doctor's nurse can't tell a patient anything until the doctor says to, when my doctor's nurse called last week to tell me about the osteopenia & I told her I had fallen 3 times in less than 2 weeks, she became very concerned & said I may need to consider talking to my doctor about having someone with me all the time. So, she had the numbers in front of her & it was enough to raise concern. But I'm not going to jump to conclusions. I'll wait until I get all the results back & talk to my doctor. My nurse basically said the same thing you did about osteopenia - it doesn't mean I'm safe.
I have written down the words "fracture risk", "FRAX or Canadian model" to ask my doctor about when I see her. That will help me a little. I'm sure she will refer to T-scores. I don't really know what any of it means. If you don't mind, maybe you can educate me a little.
Thanks for your help. I wish we could figure out the side-view x-rays. Maybe my doctor will explain. Thanks again.
I would have considered that, but she actually looked back at my records from last year when she was saying I had it done then & needed to have it checked again. All I know is I've never had a bone density test like I had this month. That's why I was wondering if the method of testing might have been changed.View Thread
About 20 years ago, my doctor ordered x-rays & the radiologist said there were pin-point holes in my bones, the beginning of what he believed would eventually be osteoporosis & he told me to start taking calcium with vitamin D. A few years later I had to change doctors because he moved. I've stayed on the calcium with vitamin D all these years - I'm limited physically due to a major back injury & other health issues, I'm lactose intolerant, I have asthma & epilepsy so I have meds that affect the bone density, in short, I have a lot against me. The good things are I've never smoked, drank alcohol or soda, & I eat lots of green vegetables.
My current doctor said she did a bone density test last year & she just did another one this month. Well, I have never had one done before like the one I just had. I don't remember her doing one last year & never heard any results from one being done last year. The results of this one are that I have osteopernia. I don't know the severity of it yet & will be seeing her soon to discuss it. I'm sure the calcium & vitamin D has helped. (I also have osteoarthritis hitting big time & my fingers are starting to twist like pretzels, all my joints hurt terribly, feeling bruised - even my toes. I don't think they are related.)
What I don't understand is how my doctor could say she did this test last year & me not remember it. Was the type of test changed? For the test this month, they took several pictures while I was on my back, then I had to lay on my side with my back against a board with nothing in front of me to keep me there. I kept digging my fingers into the vinyl table top to try to stay in place & with back injury & other problems, it was torture. Believe me, I would remember if I had had that done last year. So, was the method of testing changed or is it possible that our area just hasn't caught up to new technology?