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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 phyllis, Community Member, asks

Q: my t-score is -3.3 what does that mean lumber spine

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
3/19/09 4:41pm

Hi Phyllis:  Sandra's explanation is absolutely correct!!  Thanks Sandra...

 

Here's the World Health Org's definition on t-scores.  Your score falls into what they categorize as established osteoporosis.  Have you had a fracture?  If not that's great, but you need to speak with your Dr to find a good treatment along with the recommended supplements and exercise. 

 

Since your score is low, I would ask your Dr about seeing a Physical therapist, that could give you an evaluation and personal work out plan that would be safe for you that doesn't involve any risky movements, like bending, twisting, strecthing from the waist.

 

Good luck finding out what is best for you!

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sandra, Community Member
3/19/09 11:11am

Hi Phyllis.  My t-score is -3.3 lumber spine and that means you have osteoporosis.  An expert (Pam) will give you a lot of info as she has helped me a lot with information I wasn't getting from doctors.  I am sure your doctor will put you on medication, calicum 1200 mg a day + D.  My heart goes out to you but it doesn't have to change your life you just do things differently or at least with more thought.  Good luck to you.

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
3/19/09 4:48pm

Hi Sandra:  Thanks so much for sharing your insight!  Don't hesitate to post to any question that you feel you have something to add, it's greatly appreciated by me and all to get a more points of view and a richer answer.

 

Thanks...

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
3/19/09 8:18pm

Hi Phyllis:  I just wanted to add another thought that echoes what Sandra said that I think is *very* important. 

 

When we are diagnosed with these t-scores, don't let it overwhelm you, even though at first that is the natural reaction to it.  There are many things you can do to improve you t-scores, but taking it one day at a time and logically evaluating your daily activities so you don't let this rule your life.  I'm not saying to ingnore this, but worrying excessively doesn't help at all, it only makes things worse.  Look at your daily routine and make changes that include safe body movements.  You don't want to jepordize your bones, nor go overboard with unachieveable goals.

 

Here's a link from the National Osteoporosis Foundation that explains *safe body movements* aka Body Mechanics.  About 3/4 of the way down the page on the above link there is a download for "Boning Up on Osteoporosis,"  I highly recommend that and some of the other downloads mentioned on that page.  Read the above link, and use common sense when it comes to moving throughout the day, it *will* pay off if you learn what is safe and unsafe, and hopefully prevent any injuries.  If a movement hurts, don't repeat it, or find an alternate way of doing it that doesn't hurt.

 

If you get a chance, try to read as much of the link I gave you on t-scores, because it's an excellent resource for all possible questions on osteoporosis.  The web site is from the Univ of WA-Dr. Susan Ott-Bone Physiology Course reknowned for her knowledge on this topic.  The web site is unbelievably long (over 100 pages), but you can bookmark it and go back over time to read it. 

 

You can look up any question using the search box on the home page which you can get to by scrolling to the bottom of the t-score page, and then click *home page*.  This site is very well written and very easy to understand.  I've been reading it for at least 6 years, and I still don't think I read each and every page.  It's just a good resource to go back to when you need, with endless knowledge.

 

Sorry for the length, but it did seem important, so I hope you don't mind Smile

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By phyllis, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/18/11, First Published: 03/18/09