Yesterday was another Osteoporosis appointment at the hospital and I had planned to post about that as my Osteoporosis journey continues. I thought to give some kind of update but that’s going to have to wait until I’m in the right frame of mind.
One thing that did get discussed yesterday was the bell curve of bone density. (As I’ve said before 0 to -1 is “normal” bone density, -1.1 to -2.4 is Osteopenia and -2.5 and below is full on Osteoporosis.) At a previous appointment, letter and again yesterday the doctor and professor both said again that my case was severe. I was quite … dismissive of the word “severe” and thought to myself quietly, “nah … its not that bad”.
Anyhow, here is a bell curve:
Yesterday, I asked the professor, “how old are my bones”? He explained that at my age, I should be at the very top of the curve Basically, you develop bone density and as you get older (40’s onwards), bone density starts to drop off, which is normal. In time, many contributing factors (age being a prime one) starts the decline. Anyway, he said, I should be at the top of the chart, at the very top of the bell … but I’m not. I asked him where I was and he said, “oh you, you’re right at the very bottom you have severe Osteoporosis”. (The word, “severe” came out again!) Again, I was still almost like, “yea whatever”!
Now, I’m part of an Osteoporosis support group which is useful for information but I’ve just read this.
The lights have now suddenly gone on!
By way of reference, I’m 37, typically Osteoporosis is more common in women, and my score in my spine is -4.5. This now has really hit home. I don’t expect sympathy, I’m just a little shell shocked by this news and wanted to blog it.