Michael, a dad of two and a farmer from Roscommon, began to experience severe back pain in 2015. After putting up with it for some time, the pain became unbearable and Michael visited his GP. They discussed the physical demands of his work on the farm and his GP initially prescribed pain relief and physiotherapy with a view to reviewing Michael’s case over the coming month and sending him for an x-ray.
What Michael didn’t realise, this pain was linked to a bone condition that would require treatment. In the coming month Michael broke six bones – these breaks/fracture occurred while performing tasks he had done for many years- lifting a bag on the farm or one of his children.
His doctor referred him to Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital for a Dexa scan as he believed Michael may have had osteoporosis. Tests confirmed this.
With a diagnosis, Michael could now begin to manage his osteoporosis in a bid to prevent it from completely controlling his life.
‘The Medical Staff at Cappagh explained everything to me and started me on a course of action that has assisted to prevent further deterioration of my bone health. I am so thankful I was diagnosed when I was. I didn’t even know men could get osteoporosis’.
Michael underwent surgery on his leg. During his time at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital he was cared for in the Hospital’s state of the art Isolation Unit. This reduced the worry for Michael and his wife and enabled them all to focus on getting him home so they could all be together.
The Isolation Unit was built with your donations.
“Cappagh changed my life. The pain I was in before diagnosis was crippling. Now I can continue my life and have quality time with my children, Emily and Thomas. From my wife and I, a BIG THANK YOU!”
Osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 males over the age of 50*. Most people associate oasteoporosis as affecting women. Recent statistics show 50% of women over the age of 50 in Ireland -15% actually receiving a diagnosis.
*stats from http://www.irishosteoporosis.ie