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Living With Someone With Osteoporosis


There are a variety of conditions and illnesses which can prove very detrimental to our health and it is important to know how and when to spot certain conditions. Many have telltale signs that can be detected early to either stop the process before it damages our health, or a loved ones, too much or at the very least slow its effects.

Recently, we found out that a loved one has the condition osteoporosis and are currently working out how we can help them deal with this.

What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a health condition that develops gradually over time and is a weakening of the bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break. 

There are three main signs to be aware of when it comes to osteoporosis:

1. Multiple fractures in the spine can cause the back to lose its normal curvature — the result being a stooped back developing and a loss of height being witnessed as the vertebral bones in the spin begin to weaken and collapse.

2. Sudden or intense back pain being suffered without warning or from doing something small, such as bending over to tie a shoelace.

3. Fractures being suffered after having what at first seemed like a minor incident, such as slipping on the pavement or even making a sudden movement. Read the NHS’s guide on treatment options for osteoporosis if you have concerns about this condition.

The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are broken wrists, hips or spinal bones (vertebrae), although breaks can also happen in other bones, such as in the arm or pelvis. Sometimes a cough or sneeze can cause a broken rib or the partial collapse of one of the bones of the spine.

Help In The Home
There are many ways in which you can help someone who has Osteoporosis. Mainly such things as reducing the chances of a fall, such as removing hazards from the home and taking your loved one for regular sight tests and hearing tests. Check your home for hazards that can be tripped over, such as wires, rugs and any mats. 

You could even fit a stairlift to make upstairs access easier and no chance of hurting themselves on the staircase, going up and down or in general. There are many options to choose from, there are even models for curved stairlifts if that is needed. What's more, if you have space to fit a downstairs loo, this would mean less travelling up and down. 

The Royal Osteoporosis Society is the UK's national charity for osteoporosis. It has detailed information on osteoporosis prevention and treatment, and can put you in touch with local support groups. 

7 comments:

  1. We have had elderly relatives with this, it is a difficult condition.

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  2. My mum had this ( severe ) - - didn't get diagnosed until her 50s - all her daughter's are affected too - with good management hopefully we'll never suffer like mum - heart breaking nursing her although she smiled through it all

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  3. Gosh! I couldn't imagine what this would be like to live with, either for yourself or with a loved one....

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  4. My mam suffers terribly and it is worse during the colder months for her x

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  5. Another clearly written, easily digestible and helpful post. Thank you.

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  6. We have a relative with this difficult condition.

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  7. My mum suffers terribly and people really don't see it, it's such a hidden disease sometimes. She looks perfectly healthy but is in agony most days x

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