I started experiencing significant neck and mid back pain about 5 years ago, which impacted many activities of daily living ( ie- work, activities that demanded longer periods of standing or sitting, computer work, housework to name a few) I had always been an active person-loved walking, skiing, skating. I never really cared for gym activities.
About 3 years ago, the persistent pain forced me into the doctors office, and after X-rays, bone density etc, I was diagnosed with high fracture risk osteoporosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, and discovered an undiagnosed, mid back scoliosis.
I was extremely perplexed at the osteoporosis, as I did not have any predisposing risk factors. I had nursed all my life and could understand the degenerative disc issue.
I started on bone building medicine, gathered information about the right type and amount of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D supplements, started a weight training program, and sought out professionals who were the right fit for me-namely a good chiropractor, massage therapist and physiotherapist.
It was hard work at first- and a bit costly, but now- after 3 years of aggressively treating and managing these issues, I’m so pleased to say my latest bone density has seen considerable improvement (I’ve reversed some of the osteoporotic areas into osteopenia states, strengthened surrounding muscle structures to help support degenerative areas, and have considerably decreased chronic pain areas).
I can easily slip back into a chronic pain type syndrome if I do not keep up my strengthening and stretching exercises. I also need to keep a bimonthly/ monthly appointment with my chiropractor and/or massage therapist, but feel I now have control over my issues- not allowing ‘them’ to control me.