When Bones Degenerate Fast and Become Too Porous

NORMALLY, a postmenopausal woman’s bones degenerate gradually and later Osteoporosis sets in. With treatments, taken religiously, coupled with regular visits to a bone specialist, bones can function well even if a woman reaches the age of 70 or even 80.

In my case, my bones degenerated fast and early and are now too porous. This is so because of an early menopause – at age 43 – when all my reproductive organs were surgically removed in November 2000 because of cancer. But even before the early menopause, my bones were already porous and very brittle because of a rare bone affliction known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta I inherited from my father.

I have been since long diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine, a condition in which my Lumbar 4 slides forward my Lumbar 5 and this causes pain and numbness and weakness of the lower extremities. I also have multi-level narrowing (stenosis) of the inter vertebral spaces, from Lumbar 4 and 5 to Sacral 1 and 2.

An image of my skeleton as picked up by a PET Scan. The dark spots are “uptakes” which show abnormalities and unusual findings.

During a big fall in August 2016 which fractured my left knee cap (patella), my back also got affected and for three days following the fall, I couldn’t move my back. I was on a continuous pain-killing drips and IM injections. When I went to meet the Spinal Surgeon following up my lower back problems at Al Razi Bone Hospital, he ordered for MRI of my back. Please read a related story

He then recommended surgery and referred me to the head surgeon of the Spinal Department. He also ordered PET scan to rule out any bone primaries. The result is as follows:

Findings of the PET Scan as contained in a Report.

Surgery, according to Dr. Rida, the Head Surgeon, is not possible because my bones are too porous they won’t be able to hold the rods and screws which are needed to be fixed at my back in order to correct the condition. I have no other choice but to only be medically managed. I will be given a steroid injection direct to my back on April 13, 2017 and will be repeated according to the doctor’s discretion. I have been also prescribed with the following meds:

The Aclasta injection (bone-strengthening solution), which I took in the past three consecutive years, was no longer prescribed this year. The Endocrinologist said that it won’t do anything anymore to my bones because of my age. I only have to take Vitamin D with Calcium and a once a month dose of Vitamin D3 50000 IU.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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