Post by Vicky Ayech
Yes, and if you need teeth out the dentist has hysterics and you have
to go to the hospital in case you get necrosis! But it is better than
a broken hip, which elderly females tend to get. Actually both my
grandmother and her sister fell in their 90s and broke their hip and
that was the final illness. Just bed then until the end. Not sure if
they had osteoporois though. I have had it since about 2010
apparently. I broke an arm then in a fall and they test bone density
I am awaiting test results at the moment.
The Biobank project, which started about 10 years ago to record
some basic health parameters of a significant cohort of people of
a certain age, has more recently started more sophisticated
scanning, and I was done earlier this year.
A couple of months later, the surgery rang to say that, following
the scans, I needed to speak to a doctor "within 7 days". You can
imagine the possible scenarios that were going through my head
until I could have that conversation.
They had notified my GP that I needed further investigation for
bone density. They also spotted a couple of healed fractures of
vertebral processes (the sticky-out bits).
I was relieved, but more than a little concerned that they gave
me the news in such a vague manner, leaving me worrying for
several days. Only later did I get a letter from Biobank which
would have been far less alarming had it arrived first.
I have had another DEXA scan and some blood tests, and been
warned to make sure my dental work is up to date. Several months
on I am still waiting for the next move.
The injury happened last Christmas. There is an area in
Loughborough that has been pedestrianised, road and pavement all
given the same block paving, and level apart from where the bus
stop had been, where the kerb remained. I didn't notice, stepped
off and toppled, landing with my back against the kerb.
I guess I wasn't the only casualty, as they have now installed a
row of shiny bollards.
I was in some pain when moving, for a few days, then just a
little uncomfortable, but thought it was just bruising -
apparently not, though the treatment, if diagnosed, would not
have been to do anything.
When I asked my GP for interim advice before going on holiday,
she said "no bungee jumping", so that's OK.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham
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