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Old 01-16-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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Just got the results from my first ever bone density test. Unfortunately shows both osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in my lumbar spine. The doc has prescribed Atelvia tablets to treat it.

I've heard of some pretty gruesome side effects associated with this class of meds. Anyone have any experience to share? I'm kind of weirded out by the whole thing right now!
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Can I ask how old you are? I was diagnosed w/osteoporosis, early 50's, (went thru meno. young, am very small, caucasian, smoke and drink...). I'm on Boniva currently but get my latest results on Thurs. (2 yrs. since my last scan).
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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Check out NOF (National Osteoporosis Foundation) for options on non drug treatments and RX evaluations. I would not jump into taking a RX until checking around. I am currently trying to locate an endocrinologist who specializes in osteooporosis. Good luck
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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So sorry about your diagnosis. My mother has both spinal stenosis and lumbar and hip osteoarthritis. She has been helped a lot by having an orthopedic back specialist who checks her x-rays annually and prescribes treatments. Mom also has had pain alleviation by working with a good physical therapist. Anything that can be done to block pain and/or strengthen areas that can act as secondary support helps. My mother gets back injections three times a year and still just takes Advil for her pain, the Schiff Move Free Triple Strength supplement tablet twice a day, and Tums for her bone loss. She was taking a stronger osteoporosis drug but got the jaw pain side-effect.

She eventually had to have hip replacements due to bone deterioration and that also was a great boon. She's standing three or four inches taller since that happened. She's 85, so I really worried about the surgery, but it was a snap for her. My brother also had a hip replaced over Christmas vacation (he's a school principal) and was back to work in January with no additional time off. Hip replacements are so routine these days. My mother's doctor does four a day.

But seriously, find the best doctor you can. A good ortho can do a lot these days besides strong pills. And don't fall for surgery options without a lot of thought. A good ortho will tell you that you should get surgery when you're begging for it and not sooner. Always get secondary opinions.

I see you live in Texas. Living in a dry area also helps. My mother improved a ton when she moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona. And walk every day, too, of course.

Best of luck.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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OP never came back but I got my results of taking Boniva for just over 2 yrs. - I went from osteoporosis back to osteopenia. Dr. and I discussed this (she's very agreeable about not want to take meds.). I will take it for another yr. then see how the dexascan is.
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