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Posted by kmd on October 29, 2001 at 18:54:09:

When I went to the doctor on base recently for my foot/toe injury, he was kind enough to put in a referral for a bone density test for me even though he said "it will never get approved" (which is what my PCM said before, but I asked him to try anyway). Well, I just got the letter that it was approved - yay! (must have been the part about my hip fracture at age 26 that got to them) and made the appointment which will be day after tomorrow.

The paper says DEXA scan - is this in any way different from a regular bone density test? How accurate is this test? Anything else I should know before I go in?



Re: bone density test

Posted by Raisa on October 29, 2001 at 19:54:35:

In Reply to: bone density test posted by kmd on October 29, 2001 at 18:54:09:

Hi, kmd - The DEXA test is the most accurate test there is.
That is the regular bone density test. It doesn't take long, is very easy, and they know the results right away, except that the doctor still has to read them. I just had one (I have it every year, since I have Osteoporosis. Every woman should have one after age 37. I'm so glad it was approved for you! Hope it shows that you have very strong bones! Raisa



Re: bone density test

Posted by kmd on October 29, 2001 at 22:32:40:

In Reply to: Re: bone density test posted by Raisa on October 29, 2001 at 19:54:35:

Thanks Raisa! This may be the only one I get since I've heard the military insurance even denies them for 60 year old retirees!

I'm younger than 37 - I hope it comes back good but either way at least it will be a baseline for me and if it isn't optimal I have more time to reverse any potential problems.

Do you take calcium hydroxyappetite?



Re: bone density test

Posted by Raisa on October 30, 2001 at 08:51:12:

In Reply to: Re: bone density test posted by kmd on October 29, 2001 at 22:32:40:

Hi,kmd -
My daughter is 37,so I guess that's why I said that age! lol
Actually, they say you should have a baseline test sometime before menopause starts, especially if you have family members who had Osteoporosis or if you have fractured a bone. So, it's good that even at your young age to have it.
If they find that your bones are of good density, then they will not let you have another one ("they", of course, being the insurance company). I have one every year because I am taking drugs (Fosamax and Evista) which they are hoping will build bone density. Lilly is still doing trial studies on Evista! So, as Walt says, I'm a guinea pig! lol But, I felt I had no choice other than just to let my bones get thinner and thinner.
My bone density tests have shown no further loss, but also no improvement. That's why I have decided to try taking the hydroxyapatite along with the other drugs. I haven't ordered it yet. I called the company (Metagenics) yesterday, and was told that they do not sell to consumers nor do they send literature!! They will refer me to a doctor who can then prescribe it and give me literature on it. This is for Cal-Apatite. Perhaps I got an uninformed customer-service person? She gave me a number to call for their branch here, and I will call it today.
I think you are right in thinking that perhaps they are "allowing" you to have the test because you had that fracture at 26. Raisa



Re: bone density test (Archive in osteoporosis.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 30, 2001 at 10:34:06:

In Reply to: bone density test posted by kmd on October 29, 2001 at 18:54:09:

NMI

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Are the heel-type bone density screenings worth getting? msg

Posted by Nutmeg on October 30, 2001 at 12:26:05:

In Reply to: bone density test posted by kmd on October 29, 2001 at 18:54:09:

Once in a while the pharmacies and the health food store offer those free/cheap screenings. Are they inaccurate enough to not be worth doing? Should just ask my doctor if he would prescribe a DEXA scan since I'm 47 and not quite in menopause?

Nutmeg



Re: bone density test

Posted by Barbara on October 30, 2001 at 12:46:39:

In Reply to: Re: bone density test posted by Raisa on October 30, 2001 at 08:51:12:

Hi Raisa,

Try this website...I think comsumers can order metagenic products here. Never done it myself though. Good luck.



Re: bone density test

Posted by Raisa on October 30, 2001 at 18:14:27:

In Reply to: Re: bone density test posted by Barbara on October 30, 2001 at 12:46:39:

Thanks, Barbara! I will try that tomorrow. I also want some information about the product which is put out by the manufacturer, just as drug companies do with prescription drugs, explaining just how it works. Hope I can get that!
Raisa

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Re: Are the heel-type bone density screenings worth getting? msg

Posted by Raisa on October 30, 2001 at 18:19:10:

In Reply to: Are the heel-type bone density screenings worth getting? msg posted by Nutmeg on October 30, 2001 at 12:26:05:

Hi - Yes, according to the things I have heard and read, the tests they offer at pharmacies can tell you if your bone density is low and the tests are accurate. However, if it is low, then they say that you should ask your doctor for the more sophisticated test (DEXA). I wish those had been available when I was your age - I probably could have avoided getting Osteoporosis! Raisa

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Re: Are the heel-type bone density screenings worth getting? (Archive in osteoporosis.) msg

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 31, 2001 at 09:16:36:

In Reply to: Are the heel-type bone density screenings worth getting? msg posted by Nutmeg on October 30, 2001 at 12:26:05:

Hi, Nutmeg.

Listen to Raisa (Thanks, Raisa.)

Walt

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