Bone density test stopping my surgery~~help!!
Hi, I am 59 yrs. old and am in a terrible situation. In 2006 I had a spinal fusion done on L3/4 L4/5 vertabrae, to alliviate severe sciatic pain. Over the next four yrs. I developed what considered "adult onset scoliosis", as my upper spine collapsed into a S shape. I ended up bending over to the right and smashing my ribs into my hip bone, thus losing my posture. I had surgery in July of 2010 for this. I was fused from T12 to my pelvis. Then I had to go back a few months later to go up further to T4. Over the past two years I collapsed to a 45 degree forward pitch and bending over to the right.(saggital imbalance and flatback syndrome) I have had a new opinion since, and this surgeon said he won't do surgury until I am on Forteo at least 9 months. So anyway, I had a bone density test last Aug.30th, 2011, and it read 0.440g/cm2 as compared to the one done Mar.3rd, 2012, that read 0.433. This is six months. My surgeon said that I am still significantly osteoporotic and even show a small loss. However, the tests were done on different machines and could cause these reading differences to be wrong. He doesn't know and didn't order another one. I had one done in my home town, and one done where I go to see the surgeon 8 hrs. away. In his opinion, the screws would be at a high rate of failure to stay in the bone. But he also said he needs to get in there(my pelvis and lower spine) because I am deteriorating. The only place they can scan me is my right wrist. All the other places I have too much metal, except the hips, and I can't spread them correctly lying there, because of an impinged nerve caught on a screw that makes it too painful. So the right wrist is all they can do. It was broke a few yrs. ago.(if this is of any concern). The other wrist has metal in it. I did have another bone surgeon tell me that the osteoporosis would not be a concern for him, as he had the equipment to deal with it, if he did the surgery.(he lives 28 hrs. away.) These are the only readings I have of the dexa-scans. The surgeon that did my revision surgeries(2010) should have gone in through the front to rienforce my pelvic and lumbar vertabrae and to help hold me up. And I understand now, other procedures were also required. So I guess I was wondering what any of you think of the readings I put on here of the dexa-scan readings? And what you think of the Forteo strengthing my bones? I take Vit.D and Calcium. I think my osteo. was caused from stomach drugs taken for years. Anyway, I would appreciate any response at all. I am caught between a rock and a proverbial hard place. Warmly, babyboomer 6