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Peripheral Stim messing with my bone density score


How gorgeous does my spine look with that dangling necklace!?

Well, that’s what I thought until I was read my gloomy bone density score;


BoneDensity002What does that mean? It means thinning bones at the age of (then) 43. That’s not good, in fact I landed, once again, in that unique and very small group of patients with a rare condition.

I investigated (surprise!) and found my mum’s bone density was better than mine… my mum is 70. Worried? Yep.

For two years I had this ‘pretty’ spine image in my head, downing the Calcium and Vit D, anticipating my next scan would show an improvement.

It didn’t. I was referred to an endocrinologist (he was lovely!).

(This isn’t why he was lovely) but it was the first time in 8 years I had great news at an appointment. I was NOT osteoporotic, my implant was interfering with my bone density reading.

Naughty implant. A two-year joke! I don’t even need another scan until I’m menopausal (can’t wait for that!).

So, bone density stressor? Done and dusted.

Thank you very much.


  • Roxie Huber

    Hi Soula,

    I have osteopenia and have been getting a yearly Dexa test for the past several years to keep an eye on my bone density. In April I was diangnosed with PN and had bilateral interstims implanted near the pudendal nerves. I’m overdue for my Dexa test and have been wondering if my implants would interfere with this particular test. Do you know if it is possible to have this test done if you turn them off during the procedure? Thanks!

    • soula

      Hi Roxie,
      My implant didn’t interfere with the Density scan as it’s not magnetic. Whether you have it on or off isn’t the issue I believe, it’s whether the imagine is magnetic or not that matters.
      Good luck

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