What is unusual about this diagnosis at this time?
35-year-old Donna Duckworth is learning how to care for her 5 week old newborn, when she bends over the baby’s crib and feels something give in her back. The next day and the following week, the pain becomes unberable in her back. She is breastfeeding and does not want to take any medication, so she lives with the intense and continuing pain. Within a few weeks, she can no longer stand it, so she goes to see her primary care provider, who orders blood work and does a complete physical. As a result, he sends her to an orthopedist who takes x-rays and does a bone density test. The diagnosis comes back as “severe idiopathic osteoporosis.” She has fractured three of her lumbar and four of her cervical vertebrae.
1.) What is unusual about this diagnosis at this time ?