Alice - Interview 34

Age at interview: 75
Age at diagnosis: 75

Brief outline: Diagnosed with slight osteoporosis in 2008 following the development of a pain between her shoulder blades; had her menopause at the age of forty but there is no maternal history of the condition. Her GP put her on medication following the x-ray results while she waited for a bone density scan. She is on alendronic acid, once weekly and Adcal D3 two tablets a day.

Background: Retired, married, four adult daughters. She has always been an active person so she was really surprised when diagnosed with osteoporosis. The condition doesn't affect her and she is able to continue living as before diagnosis.

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Diagnosed in 2008. In February 2008 the bus where Alice was travelling stopped suddenly and she felt a pain between her shoulder blades. She went to the osteopath and it seemed to improve but the pain came back again a few weeks later. Her GP sent her for an x-ray and later for a bone density scan because she said that ‘two of my disks were a bit suspects’. Her GP started her on medication after she saw the x-ray; alendronic acid and Adcal D3.
After her DXA scan, she then got a letter from a consultant at the hospital asking her to attend his clinic. The consultant told her she has slight osteoporosis and asked her a number of questions including some about risks factors. Alice had her menopause at the age of forty and the consultant explained that an early menopause is a risk factor in developing osteoporosis.
Alice was concerned about having too much calcium in her diet because she is taking calcium tablets (twice a day). She had a blood test which indicated that her calcium intake was fine.
Before she was due to have her bone density scan she was sent by post a questionnaire to be filled about her lifestyle (diet, exercise, drinking alcohol, etc) but no one explained to her the purpose of the survey. She reckons her diet is fairly good and she does play golf twice a week. Regarding exercise she has always been active. She has been playing golf since her retirement fifteen years ago and before that she played Volleyball well into her forties and says that she used to play a lot of Badmington too.
Alice’s osteoporosis doesn’t affect her at all and she is able to carry on doing all the activities she did as before her diagnosis.


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