Hi, I find myself in a permanent loop. Have lived with depression for years, am diabetic and now trying to cope with fractures of my coccyx, L1, L3 vertebrae and diagnosed with osteoporosis after the fall that caused the fractures. I havent left home without a companion for about two years (first due to panic attacks & now fear of falling) and my doctor says he cant help other than pain relief.
I have asked what type of osteo do I have, what is my T rating? he says he doesnt know. Who… read more
Hi Sandy, thanks for your advice. I am still restricted to the house (without a companion) but am trying to be more mobile indoors. Getting an appt with a doc is a nightmare and a different one each appt. Most try to be helpful but trying to get referred to anyone else (physio etc) just seems to be promise after promise. I have been told no anti anxiety meds due to my current list and I don't think I could cope with changing at the moment (at least I don't cry all the time or have harmful thoughts). I will try recording what I manage to do it may help keep up my spirits on the bad days. Thanks again for advice.
I too now have anxiety and psyche myself up to go out. I have a fear of falling which is hard as before my breaks and diagnosis, my main love was horse riding. It has been suggested I take some anti-anxiety medication to help. I can only try it I suppose. Walking helped - firstly down to the end of the drive, but for you with a broken coccyx I know it is painful as! I broke my S1, S2, S3 in March - it was hard but I walked little by little and took the pain meds. Now I walk a max of 6k with my dog before I can't handle the pain any longer (I have severe pain in my left thigh from femur & hip break and a compressed disc). I had lower back surgery in 2000 from a work place 2 disc injury too which just adds to the pain. Take it slowly, you'll get there if you take one extra step each day. Record what you can do - it helps. I was focussing on what I couldn't do anymore and it make me depressed, which then creates another chain of issues. The depression is getting better slowly. You know it is perfectly understandable to have bad days and feel down, let them happen and say - "tomorrow will be good and I will walk down the hallway 6 times, or down the driveway once" - turn a negative thing into a little positive each day.
Suerb, I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time and that your doctor is no help. Ask for your T scores from your last DEXA scan, they are in your medical file. And find a doctor willing to do his/her job! Knowing if you’re osteoporosis Type 1 or 2 doesn’t effect your treatment, so I wouldn’t stress over that.
Physio should help. As will weight bearing exercise - simple walking is excellent, throw in a little weight training and some good stretching. Plus supplements, I suggest a red algae based calcium and there are a few tablets on the market which contain it as well as the other vitamins and minerals recommended for bone growth. Check out AlgaeCal, New Chapter Bone Strength, and Alive! Calcium for Bones. Very similar products, different price ranges.
We are warriors who never give up. Pain control is important and necessary, but don’t stop there. Do everything you can everyday to help yourself be stronger and as healthy as possible! 💚
Let me know what happens. Hugs