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am 75 and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis a few days ago after a DEXA scan , with a
T-score of -4.2.
I won’t see my doctor for the official verdict
until March 30, because I got a sneak-preview from my medical file at the
hospital , but in the meantime, I’d like to have your comments.
I should stress that I am physically very fit and
practice a number of sports, including windsurfing, lapse swimming, biking,
jogging, I have a very strong muscular
build and I wonder if this doesn’t significantly reduce the risk of fractures
as compared to a “ normal” person .I
In fact, in one of the previous, now closed threads,
somebody, not even osteoporotic but only osteopenic , reported vertebral
fractures with excruciating pain just with " normal"
movements and , if I recall, when waking up.
Given the fact that osteoporosis doesn’t develop
overnight, I am sure that, at least for the last two years, I already practiced
these sports without being aware of being osteoporotic and yet with no problems. Good indication that maybe I
can continue with prudence, possibly wearing a lumbar support brace designed
The Dexa scan , based on three moderate compression fractures at T3 and
T8, and a possible compression fracture at L1,, indicates a high risk of fractures., but it is
possible that these fractures occurred as a conseqquence of a bad fall on the
ice 2 years ago.,from which I fully recovered in a couple of months to the
point that I was able to fully resume thereafter all my sport activities ,
including windsurfing. .
My point is : if osteoporosis is the cause my 3
fractured vertebrae in the course of time ( T3, T8 and L1) I would
have felt it each time , probably with pain, like
I did when I fell. But I never did, unless osteoporosis-induced fractures can
occur without any pain. Is it possible? If
these fractures are not attributable to O.P. then may be the risk of futher fractures is less. .
Bottom line is it really unsafe to continue jogging, even windsurfing ? I do the latter very
leisurely, sat low speed and moderate winds and If
I fall, I fall on the water !
Maybe a lumbar support brace will do , also considering
the fact that the neoprene wet-suit along with the cushioned lumbar harness
holding the sail may already provide significant support.
As I said, I’ll ask my doctor, but I have a feeling
that most doctors ,to be on the safe (for
me and for them..) ,go” by the book”, also
because they don’t know
enough about windsurfing to assess the level of risk.
Thank you for your comments