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DEXA scan was "almost normal"

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Slight osteopenia on left hip. Dr said it was not worrisome.

I will double check these results with my rheumatologist in June as I am a bit worried as the dr who read the scan said I had twice the average chance of a fracture. That sounds like a lot to me.... emoticon
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    Hope the doctors will explain these results to you in great detail.
    2058 days ago
    It would be nice to have a little more of an explanation.
    2061 days ago
    Yay! Have you talked to your doctor about weight lifting?
    2061 days ago
    Good news on your dexa scan, since I have been going to the gym, walking, and have lost some weight, my bones have improved so very much, I still take calcium, (but now I wonder whether I should) and try to keep my weight down, but it seems like I am on a eating mission right now. darn, but from osteopenia in my hims and back to just a small amount, I am very pleased not only that but my blood pressure medication has been cut in half. This walking and exercise is a good thing,
    2061 days ago
    I've also had DEXA scans over the years that showed "slight" osteopenia. The first one to show that was when I was taking the drug Femara for breast cancer. The second scan showed about the same. When I went off Femara, I had a 3rd DEXA scan, and my bone densite INCREASED!!

    I didn't know at the time that some drugs can reduce bone density. You might want to check with your doctor about any medications you're currently taking.

    If you have trouble walking outside, try the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos. She has everything from an easy 1-mile walk to a couple of advanced 5-mile walks. If you can walk, lift your knees, do a slight kick, and step side-to-side, you can do these videos. There's no fancy footwork involved at all. She has a website, and there's a 1-mile walk demonstration video there, so you can see if it's something you can do.

    Those videos are a life-saver for me in the summer, when temperatures hit over 100 degrees, and when I don't feel like going to the gym.

    Have you tried resistance bands for upper body work? They come in a box of 3 strengths, I got mine at Walmart for around $15. You can use them for lower body work as well.

    Good luck and I hope you get good news from your own doctor.
    2061 days ago
    Yes it does sound like a lot.
    2061 days ago
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