My mother always used to tell me that it is difficult for me to understand how much my body could harm me since I am very young.
And I did learn this was true about a year ago, when I got diagnosed with osteoporosis. I am only 25 years old, but I did get diagnosed with this disease a year ago.
I had a child and while I was carrying my second one last year in my seventh month, I had very severe back pain. I first did put it on my large belly at the time, but since I was getting worse and not able to move freely, I persuade myself to go check the issue with my doctor. I had a BMD as requested by my doctor and was driving home when I received a call from my nurse who told me the diagnose was osteoporosis.
I did know a lot about this disease from my mother who already has it, so it really scared me. What did scare me the most was the thought that I could not be able to take care of my two children as I would like to. Initially, I used to feel very lonely, because all other people seemed happy and healthy, while I was almost always complaining about my aches. I felt very frustrated, because I used to have a good diet and exercise, and besides from the fact that I used to smoke, I didn’t feel like I was doing something wrong to get this kind of disease.
My doctor’s explanation was that it was genetic, since my mother had it, but I still didn’t find peace since my mother got it at the age of 50, after her menopause, while I was just 24 and my life had just started!
So what was there to do? I didn’t feel comfortable talking to people who could not understand my feelings, so I joined a couple of online forums with people in similar conditions. Not that I am happy that other people are diagnosed with osteoporosis, but knowing that some other girl my age also has it is very comforting, and talking to these groups can give a piece of mind.
While time passed, I also started to get used to my condition, so I started asking more questions. I found that the sun was really helpful. I now get exposed for about 30 minutes a day in the sun (when it’s no raining, of course!) and have changed a couple of things in my diet, mostly removing salt, which I used to use a lot, adding lots of vitamin D, vitamin K2 and MK 7.
This is my journey with osteoporosis, and besides following all advises your doctor gives you, care and comfort of other people (family, friends) takes a big part in how you feel, even physically.