Giving Thanks With Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a silent disorder, until you have a fracture. We don’t normally deal with daily pain nor can we feel our bones getting weaker; so that is why osteoporosis is called a silent disorder, until you fracture. You can have a fracture in any area of your body, but hip and spinal fractures are the most difficult to recover from since they take time to heal and some lead to more serious medical problems that can lead to death. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) 20% of all hip fractures can lead to early mortality. This can occur when the inactivity during rehabilitation causes blood clots which can lead to heart attack, stroke, lung infections and other serious medical issues. These types of factures cause significant pain that may or may not go away. Some of our elders end up in nursing homes for the rest of their lives after sustaining a hip fracture.
When you have bone loss the most important thing is to remain fracture-free and I am most thankful that I have been fracture-free for 11 years after having 6 spinal fractures. So this Thanksgiving I’m looking back at the really rough times—post-fracture— and giving thanks that I haven’t had to deal with this in a very long time.
Most fractures heal without surgery, but hip and spinal fractures involve joint replacement and sometimes spinal surgery to repair the fracture and possible nerve damage. Every time I read that one of our readers is experiencing this, I reach out to them to let them know they aren’t alone and that it will heal given time and patience and a lot of hard work on their part in the form of physical rehabilitation.
I am thankful that osteoporosis has given me the opportunity to learn all I can about bone loss, so I can help others dealing with it through my writing at HealthCentral and volunteering at the National Osteoporosis Foundations community forum.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
National Osteoporosis Foundation. (2014). What is Osteoporosis. Retrieved 11-26-2014 from: http://nof.org/articles/7