"Transforming My Osteoporosis Journey: A GP's Personal Triumph Over Symptoms"
Helen Leigh worked as an NHS GP until severe, chronic pain forced her into bed rest.
By DIANA BUNTAJOVA
PUBLISHED: 11:16, Mon, Nov 13, 2023 | UPDATED: 13:35, Tue, Nov 13, 2023
Helen Leigh’s journey reflects a challenging experience with joint hypermobility and osteoporosis. Here’s a summary of her story:
Helen Leigh first noticed issues during her pregnancy at 31, experiencing back pain that had intermittently troubled her for a decade. However, it was only at 42, after a skiing injury, that her health began to deteriorate rapidly. The pain in her knees made exercise impossible, leading to overall weakness in her body over the next three years.
As a doctor herself, Helen sought answers from around 12 specialists, but her symptoms persisted and worsened. She developed shoulder and neck pain, terrible headaches, migraines, and back pain, rendering her unable to work. Eventually, she became dependent on a wheelchair.
After several years of searching, Helen received a diagnosis of joint hypermobility. Although not severe enough for extreme flexibility like doing splits, essential joints lacked stability due to loose ligaments, exacerbated by three years of inactivity.
Unfortunately, immobility led to osteoporosis, a condition diagnosed in her early 50s. Fearful of fractures, Helen sought treatment from Dr. Taher Mahmud, who prescribed Teriparatide, a drug not typically offered on the NHS for less severe cases. The treatment involved a combination of medication, a healthy diet, and exposure to sunlight.
Over the following year, Helen experienced significant improvement. She became less dependent on the wheelchair, and her bone density readings increased remarkably. Dr. Mahmud emphasized the importance of lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and exercises to halt bone loss and potentially increase bone density.
Helen expressed gratitude for the treatment, stating that it has made a substantial difference in her life. She can now enjoy spending time with friends and family, engaging in hobbies and crafts, thereby improving her overall quality of life.
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