Osteoporosis: The Silent Disease

Osteoporosis: The Silent Disease

Cathy started experiencing pain in the right and left side of her waist hip area. After three weeks of the pain, she decided to talk to her doctor who recommended she have a DEXA scan. A DEXA scan is an imaging test that measures bone density (strength) and can provide helpful details about your risk for osteoporosis (bone loss) and fractures (bone breaks). The scan, which Cathy describes as painless, confirmed she was suffering from osteoporosis. 

“My vitamin D has always been a little on the low side, but I was doing everything I was supposed to,” Cathy said. “The diagnosis was hard for me to accept.”

Cathy knew osteoporosis meant her bones could break more easily and that she may become shorter. However, she had no idea how much it would affect her daily tasks like rolling out of bed, sitting at a table or getting in and out of her vehicle. 

However, Cathy was optimistic that with faith and the right knowledge she could help turn this diagnosis around. She attended a Bone Health Presentation where Angela Roy, PA from Baton Rouge General’s Bone Health Center, discussed medical management, nutritional guidelines and use of supplements and Angela Page, PT from Woman’s Hospital, discussed physical activity guidelines for treating bone loss. Since then, Cathy has been undergoing osteoporosis treatment with both Angelas. 

“I wish women were told about osteoporosis and bone health at a young age,” Cathy mentioned.

Osteoporosis is often called a “silent disease” because it can develop gradually over many years without causing any symptoms. Over half of women age 50 years and older have low bone mass due to reduced estrogen after menopause. If you are in that category, talk to your doctor or schedule a DEXA scan at Woman’s today. 

“Don’t be hesitant. Be proactive!” Cathy stressed. “It really can make the difference between having the ability to walk or not.”