I met with my Dr. today and we went over the x-ray results. I have a compressed fracture of vertebra T-11 which is causing me a great deal of pain. The diagnoses is that I have osteoporosis, to what extent is not yet known. To find out how bad my disease is a bone scan and an MRI are being scheduled ASAP. When the results come in on these tests and the doctor feels it is necessary a procedure that invades the vertebra and fills it with a cement like compound expanding the vertebra back to almost its original shape and then hardens the bone will be scheduled. Only a few surgeons do this here in Tucson so there is a waiting list. In the mean time I am on a regimen of vitamin D, hormone replacement therapy, and a medicine called Fortical that is administered by a spray once a day into a nasal passage. Fortical is supposed to slow bone loss so that the normal regeneration of bone can accomplish its task of replacing bone, it is also supposed to help with relieving pain, Vitamin D2,D3 and hormone replacement therapy is to aid in the replacement of the bone as well.
I am of course not pleased with this turn of events at best I ‘m apprehensive about all of these procedures and medications. I can’t do anything about it now but follow the doctor’s advice and take my medications, tests and maybe surgical procedure.
Waiting for tests to be done and results announced is frustrating, and worrying. As usual I will muddle through, somehow.