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    Old 05-12-2016, 11:58 AM   #1
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    Should I get a dexa scan?

    I am 51 year old petite female. It was suggested I get one, since I am small frame and 95 lbs. I have mild scolosis, but really no back or hip pain. My doctor thinks I will get osteoporosis. My insurance will pay if I am over 65 and really didn't say if they will pay at my age. I said well my doctor is concerned and wrote me a script. I felt like the insurance person wasn't quite sure. Would you get it at my age? I take Vitamin D daily, I went off calcium due to kidney stones. Has anyone had it any this age and the insurance paid for it without questions??

     
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    Old 05-12-2016, 01:28 PM   #2
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    Re: Should I get a dexa scan?

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    I am 51 year old petite female. It was suggested I get one, since I am small frame and 95 lbs. I have mild scolosis, but really no back or hip pain. My doctor thinks I will get osteoporosis. My insurance will pay if I am over 65 and really didn't say if they will pay at my age. I said well my doctor is concerned and wrote me a script. I felt like the insurance person wasn't quite sure. Would you get it at my age? I take Vitamin D daily, I went off calcium due to kidney stones. Has anyone had it any this age and the insurance paid for it without questions??
    I was diagnosed with OP at the age of 40, when I got my first DEXA. I also did not have any symptoms or any fractures. Yes, insurance pays for it. I don't see why it wouldn't.

    The real question is if you get a DEXA scan and they tell you have OP, would you want to take a drug?

    I've been through this for 15 years....no drugs really add bone density and there is the risk that they cause spontaneous hip fractures due to creating brittle bone structure. It's a very hard situation because the doctors will pressure you to take drugs and make you feel horrible if you don't take them !

    Only recently have they figured out that taking calcium doesn't help and may lead to cardio vascular build up of plaque !

    Good luck ! Pam

     
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    Old 05-13-2016, 10:04 AM   #3
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    Re: Should I get a dexa scan?

    Thanks for your response. Sorry you have this issue. I am not sure I will take the medicine, if it is true with the side effects. I guess it depends. I may not bother getting this test after thinking about it.

     
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    Old 05-14-2016, 08:18 AM   #4
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    Re: Should I get a dexa scan?

    Where did you get the info that taking calcium doesn't help? I've been taking the supplement for more than 15 years with no problems so far.

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    Re: Should I get a dexa scan?

    I got my first dexa scan at age 40. They did it to get a baseline to compare to as I get older. My insurance paid for it, no problem.

    I would get the scan. You have nothing to lose! Your doctor wants it for a reason and that is all the insurance company needs to know. They will call for you and get it preauthorized. WIth the doctors office calling, you'll know if it is paid for and my guess is yes. They would rather pay for this now, then pay for problems later!

    Taking calcium is a great idea. You should be taking at least 600 mgs a day. Drinking milk, eating a diet which is high in calcium is also recommended. You are approaching an age where the body needs extra calcium. I am now taking 1000 mgs a day, and drinking milk, which I hate. I switched to amond milk, which actually has less calories and more calcium.

    Get the test. You have nothing to lose!
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    Old 05-18-2016, 01:50 PM   #6
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    Re: Should I get a dexa scan?

    I can't take calcium due to kidney stones, not going through that again. My doctor said just eat foods with calcium, also increasing protein too.

    I guess all insurances are different. I called again today, they say they pay for it if you are over 65. This was my second call this time the woman said they really don't know if they will cover it since I am only 51. She suggested I have my doctor write a very detailed letter to say it is medically necessary then it gets sent to a predetermination dept. and they decide if it will be paid for if so how much or if they won't pay for it. So I have to do this so I am not hit with a big bill I can't afford to pay. I hope they cover it but not optimistic, I had a doctor write a letter to get a 3d Mammogram that it was medically necessary and they refused to cover it. So now I will see what happens, in the meantime eat and exercise for bone health. Thanks ladies!

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    Old 08-21-2020, 12:57 PM   #7
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    Re: Should I get a dexa scan?

    Hello, its been awhile. Well at 55 I decided to get the test. I am happy to say I have osteoporosis! I just can't believe it! Being a little sarcastic. I am small stature, 5 ft. 105 lbs. I was scared out of my wits by my ob gyn who called me with me results at night! To tell me you are in bad shape! Hips and Spine! I can break a bone at any time! You need to go on injections asap! See a rheumatologist asap! First off I am done with that lady, she loves to stress you out about every medical issue. She is fired! So now I see the specialist next week to see what to do. First off,, I am not jumping to any medications. The side effects I've heard are bad! I would like blood work done to see if there is a reason why I have this at such a young age. Maybe another condition that is causing bone loss.... I am postmenopausal 9 years now. I can't take HRT because I have had lots of breast issues and they won't prescribe them to me. I would be interested in diet, exercise and supplements. I have stopped calcium due to kidney stone 8 yrs ago I do take Vitamin D. Id be willing to take calcium again but my urologist needs to offer me advice maybe a lower dose.....Not getting another stone again.

    Here are my numbers: t Score for Femoral Hip Left -3.0
    Total Hip T score -2.1 Lumber Spine T score -3.4

     
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    Old 08-21-2020, 08:03 PM   #8
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    Re: Should I get a dexa scan?

    Those are pretty scary numbers. Not sure what option would be the best but I certainly would get another opinion. If you are in a major city, there may be an osteoporosis clinic that a rheumatologist can refer you to. I strongly suggest seeing a good rheumy.

     
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