Will it never stop!!! I just had my first bone density scan last week. I'm 63, 112 lb. female.....hip/femur -2.5 and worse was lumbar spine (L1-4) was -3.7. I've always had lumbar problems, have a known herniated disc and mod. stenosis but it has been stable. Two years ago I sustained a very painful L4-5 annular tear that took 9 months to heal.
I've lost 1-1/2 inches in height but I thought that was due to my two cervical fusions (total C3-6.) I didn't realize I'd shrunk till I was measured at my first Rheumy appt. in June. I'm now on placquinil, did 6 weeks of Vit. D, and now on predisone 5 mg a day which has finally brought great relief to my cervical spine, wrists, and fingers. Working dx is probable lupus and raynauds. Rheumy will tell me osteoporosis drug options at next appt 9/17.
I'm concerned about separating lumbar fractures from DDD and osteoporosis and what treament options I'll have if this happens.
Does anyone think I should make appt with my spine ortho doc for x-rays at this point?