First, the good news; I got the results of my latest bone density scan , and guess what? I don’t don’t have osteoporosis anymore ! Since my last scan back in 2003 , my T score actually improved from – 2.7 to -1.9 They believe that this improvement is directly attributable to my walking and daily exercise program. A T-score of 1.9 still indicates a greater risk for bone fracture than most people my age, but it sure feels good to know that my exercise efforts have helped to substantially reduce lower that risk (btw…Osteoporosis is one of the more severe side effects of chronic steroid use).
Now for the not so good news; for the last 3 months Ive been experiencing numbness in my right hand . It started out as more of a nuisance than anything else, and I figured it was probably some type of medial nerve problem ( ie.. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome). But now the numbness has spread all the way up my arm to my shoulder and it drives me crazy. Sometimes my hand gets so numb , I can’t tie my shoelaces.
Yesterday they did a bunch of preliminary neurological tests and scheduled me to hook up with a Neurologist. They think it might be a pinched nerve or have something to do with a compressed disk in my neck, but until they rule everything else out, I’m supposed to wear this uncomfortable wrist brace at night .