As I lay on the table and watched the big square pass slowly over my body, I shuddered at the thought of the radiation it must be emitting. It was my first bone scan, scheduled to find out if my recently diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer had spread.
“What kind of radiation is that putting into me?” I asked the technician.
She looked at me with a funny expression on her face and hesitated before finally answering, “You are sending the radiation onto it.”
Of course! I felt foolish. Two hours before I had climbed up on that table, I had received nuclear medicine and then waited for it to find its way to my bones.
That was 14 years ago, and these days I’m an old hand at bone scans.
Why might your doctor order a bone scan? You might have one as a part of the battery of tests when you are diagnosed with breast cancer to make sure that is has not already spread to your bones. Thi...
Nearly 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with osteopenia as a result of breast cancer treatment. For those of you just starting down the osteoporosis path, here are the 10 most significant things I’ve learned about bone loss. And for those of you who’ve been dealing with osteo for years – I invite you to add your own favorite “nuggets of truth”! Osteopenia probably doesn’t need to be treated with drugs. Osteopenia, a gray area between healthy bones and full-blown osteoporosis, is characterized by T-scores between -1 and -2.5. Up until recently, common practice was to treat osteopenia with osteoporosis drugs, in an attempt to halt it in its tracks. But a study published last year concludes that statistically speaking, 270 women diagnosed with osteopenia would need to take an osteoporosis drug for 3 years in order for one of them to avoid a single vertebral fracture. That means 99.996% of women taking drugs for osteopenia are potentially receiving no be...
Lately, people have been asking a lot of questions about sore feet. How can you turn sore feet into happy feet?
Inspect: Even though your feet are a long way from your eyes, they are still important. Sores, bumps, and rashes can go unnoticed unless you look at your feet. Anyone with diabetes or another condition that causes numbness should inspect their feet daily. Some people have even had their legs amputated because of a small sore that became infected. Pay attention to your feet; they are the only ones you get.
Shoe Inserts: The more cushioning for your feet, the better. Many products offer shock absorption that fit into the shoes. If you are on your feet often or are a very heavy person, the inserts need to be changed at least every six months because the shocks wear out. Not only will your feet be happier, your entire body will be happier with some well-cushioned shoes.
Rocker Bottom Soles: Most people have never heard of this before, so visualize the bottom...
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