Saturday, May 26, 2012
Don't know yet if I will need to take medication for osteoporosis or if I am only in the osteopenia stage. I am twice as likely to have a fracture according to the dr who read my scan.
I do know that I need to walk more and try some strength training. It is difficult with the upper extremities as I have a 10-lb lifting restriction due to thumb surgeries but at least I can do leg presses on the machine at the gym and walking at home in the neighborhood and on my own treadmill. I hope to gradually work up to 1 hour of walking per day but need to start out gradually so I don't overdo.
I also have not been taking calcium supplements but have been taking vit D supplements (6000 IU per day) and need to ask doctor how much magnesium I need to take and how much calcium. I am limiting dairy products due to inflammation on blood test but need to replace with other forms of calcium including greens like kale and collards, sardines (ew) and others on a list a friend printed up for me.
I was quite upset when I first read the final report on the DEXA scan but I need to calm down until I speak to my internist about the results. I will also discuss it with my rheumatologist when I see him in about a month.