I used to look up to my mother…then at her, then down to her. Literally. I’m not saying anything bad about her shrinking, because it’s happening to me now. My son looks down nine inches to me; even my 14-year-old daughter looks down on me. A shrinking spine is no you’re-still-my-baby-even-though-you’re-taller joke, it’s a significant indicator of osteoporosis.
It’s imperative you know and understand your family history in an effort to prevent and fight for your own health.
Osteoporosis, thinning bones, sneaks up gradually, as slow as you lose height and start hunching over. It’s usually when a bone actually breaks that it is diagnosed.
Know your family history
Know your medical red flags
Being female, in menopause, over 30 (when bones start losing mass faster than replacing it), and with family history, I know I must be proactive against osteoporosis. Throw in the fact I am a stereotypical single, working mother, meaning I can’t find the time and discipline to eat right or exercise, I know I’m in trouble if I don’t heed common sense.
Running to the doctor isn’t just a revolving door for your kids. Once you know your family history, and in this day and age, done preliminary research on your own, it takes a doctor’s advice to get and stay on the right track.
You know how you feel and what to look out for, and doctors aren’t mind readers. Once you’ve started educating yourself, and using common sense, ASK for help. ASK for specifics. Don’t ignore the aches and pains once they become consistent. My latest nuclear bone scan showed deterioration in my right shoulder, hip, ankle and of course, spine. Recent blood tests show I have a severe shortage of vitamin D. I know I need to eat better and exercise more but the doctor’s suggestions help me to find the benchmarks to start with and right paths to go. And the prospects of not taking preventative measures.
In addition to a little education, you may need simple blood tests, bone scans or bone density tests. I wouldn’t know how far my arthritis progressed, or how low my vitamin D was, or proper exercises to do, without medical advice and encouragement from professionals.
Family history and medical advice doesn’t stumble across your path, and doctor’s don’t come knocking on your door ~ SEEK and you will be healthy!