DEXA scan... I went in for a routine medical visit on Monday. In going through my medications, my doctor mentioned that she had recently read something surprising about people with Vitamin B12 issues (I have pernicious anemia): they have a higher risk for osteoporosis. She referred me to our local hospital to get that DEXA scan, which will measure the level of mineralization in my bones. This really surprised me, as on those few occasions in the past when I've had skeletal X-rays, the radiologist typically made some comment about my “elephant bones”, referring to how thick and heavy they were. The last thing I ever expected was to be thought of as “at risk” for osteoporosis.
I won't have the result until next week sometime.
The tech who did the DEXA scan, a nice young lady named Lisa, first took my weight and height. This was another shocking development. Not my weight, as I keep pretty close tabs on that. But my height! I've been 5' 10.5" tall since somewhere in the '60s. I've been measured a lot of times by a lot of people, most especially in the Navy (in the '60s). I was always 5' 10.5". This morning was the first time I've had my height measured in something like 20 years, though – and they measured it at 5' 8". Holy shrinking bones! I've lost 2.5" of height! When the hell did that happen?
The most surprising part of that, to me, is that I had utterly no idea it was happening.
This article suggests that I'm losing height at a faster than average rate. That doesn't sound good. Now I'm a bit anxious to get the results of that DEXA scan!