Is it really osteoporosis?
I've posted a number of times on here - from my disbelief at my scores (when I have always lived a healthy life style and haven't broken a bone in 25 years, nor lost an inch of height) to the fact that I can't tolerate Fosamax. I've now seen a specialist and am getting a battery of tests and x-rays. But this whole thing has been a worry for me for the past three years.
Today my mother called me (She's 79 and has better scores than I do at 55). She goes to a very large church and got talking to a woman who's a doctor at Columbia and one of those doctors who search for medical reasons for strange symptoms. (The thing which immediately came to my mind was that TV show - House! But I guess there are real people who do this!)
Well - long story short, this woman has seen a number of cases where the t-scores read incorrectly on certain people, people who have low scores yet exhibit no symptoms of osteoporosis. She told my mother that she is becoming more and more convinced that the bone density machines don't always give an accurate picture for every person. She has come across this time and time again, she said. This is the same info. as I read in The Myth of Osteoporosis.
I feel very angry about this - because I feel I'm not the only one on this list who is in this position, who've been told we have osteoporosis on the basis of a bone scan, which may or may not be accurate in our case. Meanwhile I'm not going to fill my latest prescription for Actonel.