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Hello everyone just returned from the GP and my husband noticed I was now shorter than him so I asked the nurse to measure me sur enough I lost 2 inches in about a month? They are sending me for a bone density test an oct.2nd.Any advice?

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gosh thats scarey, 2 inches in a month, we wont see you soon,
no its not a laughing matter i know you must be worried, good luck with youre test.


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Hi Chrissy,

The following is a site giving some information about the bone density test:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bone-density-tests/WO00024

The test is very easy. There is no pain involved. It will let your doctor know if the loss is due to Osteoporosis or not.

Has the doctor said anything about x-rays or scans to check the spine itself? Maybe that will follow after getting the results from the bone density test. Good luck.

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Boy, that almost doesn't seem possible. I have to wonder if there was some measurement error or being measured in shoes or out of shoes? Have you noticed a posture difference at all - that is what normally accompanies a drop in height due to osteoporosis at least.

Good luck with the bone density test, it's definitely an easy test so no worries about the test itself at least. Let us know what you find out.
 

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If the bone density comes back OK, then I think I'd be wanting to see an orthopaedic specialist to see what was going on with the vertebrae and discs in the spine. You could have a collapsed vertebra, or an odd curvature happening there. Perhaps your GP could organise a spine xray or mri to check out possibilities?

If the bone density comes back low, then get a coeliac (celiac) screen done as one of the biggest causes of low bone density is undiagnosed coeliac disease (because of the malabsorption problems associated with it). Coeliac is another autoimmune disorder and runs in the same families as lupus, etc.
 

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Hello thanks for all the input.I was not wearing shoes same as last time. Not really sure what to think?I have always been very tall so maybe it will be nice to be a little shorter?(haha)Well any how i will let u know when i get it figured out my self.
 

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christina1220;521421 said:
Hello thanks for all the input.I was not wearing shoes same as last time. Not really sure what to think?I have always been very tall so maybe it will be nice to be a little shorter?(haha)Well any how i will let u know when i get it figured out my self.

As the shortest person in our household( 5'4) I have trouble reaching the top shelf in kitchen cabinets etc. Have you found it more difficult to reach things as easily as before? If not, I too wonder if there was a measuring mistake...maybe in converting cm to inches etc.
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Hi Christina,

May I ask how old you are\and whether you are pre or post menopause?

Another tip to try remeasuring yourself it to do it early in the morning. During the day out spinal column gets compressed a little from gravity, so many people are a little shorter in the evening than when they first stand up.

Still, 2 inches is a lot, and it is good it is being taken seriously and investigated.

Let us know how you are getting on.

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Well first of all i'm only 28years old. So I guess that would make me premenapause? And i would have chocked it up to miss measure ment if i had not noticed that i am now quite a bit shorter than my husband. I have always been taller than him.It's been a long standing joke between the two of us> Just concerend what this could all mean? Hopefully i don't shrink out of sight!(haha)

Thanks chrissy
 
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