My Aching Back

There’s nothing like grandbabies to get your mind off your pain. Having been here for about a week, I’ve been holding him a lot of time. Of course, I hold him every chance I get. He’s so precious, but my back is certainly hurting. Pain and inflammation have taken over.

With headaches and spine pain from top-to-bottom, I’ve resorted to adding the dreadful, kidney-destroying Ibuprofen to my pill pile. It takes the edge off the stabbing and burning pain in my back and knocks down the headaches that begin in my neck.

Holding the little one and soaking in the baby-sweetness is my favorite thing to do. And, when I can look out the window to see mountain views and beautiful green trees, I feel a sigh of contentment. God is so very good to allow us to have children, and now, grandchildren.

June is National Osteoporosis Month and this is one of my awful conditions. I realized that I had Osteoporosis when I fell and broke my arm. It was a bad dislocation/break and was surgically repaired with platinum plates and screws. It healed very slowly, but at last check, was doing well. After falling and seeing what will happen, I’m pretty terrified of falling again. The doctor said that if I fall again, I will definitely break a bone. I try to be very cautious and work on making sure I’m balanced before standing. Walking on ice is something I just won’t do anymore. It’s not worth the risk. I’m only 59, but osteoporosis makes me feel much older.

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Osteoporosis means that your bones have lost a certain degree of density. While there are numerous things you can do to prevent this, you will need help medically once you are diagnosed with osteoporosis. Medical therapies come in two types: Antiresorptive medications and Anabolics.

Antiresportive Medications:

These help to slow down the breakdown of your bone’s density. These medicines can come in oral tablets, injections, or nasal sprays. Some are given intravenously. The names are: Alendronate, Risedronate, and Zoledronic Acid. Some doctors prescribe Denosumab and Calcitonin.

Anabolics:

These medicines generate more bone than the patient is losing. These injections actually help you rebuild your bone density. The drugs are: Parathyroid Hormone, Parathyroid Hormone-Related Protein, and Romosozumab-aqqg.

I am currently on an antiresportive medicine. It’s time for me to get another bone scan to see if I’ve made any progress. If not, the doctors will probably prescribe an anabolic.

There are plenty of other ways to improve your body’s ability to increase bone density. It’s important to get enough calcium in your diet. Eating lots of green leafy vegetables, taking vitamins, and potassium can help. Cutting back on caffiene and alchohol may be beneficial. It’s especially important to include weight-bearing exercise into your daily routine.

It can be easier and better to try and prevent ostopenia and osteoporosis. It’s hard to work against genetics, but making good lifestyle choices when you are young may help you to avoid this terrible condition. Boosting your calcium, eating green vegetables, taking Vitamin D & K, Potassium, and exercising can stop this from coming your way.

@2021, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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