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Old 03-12-2007, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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I had my first bone density test done when I turned 50, which was 2 years ago. I was diagnosed with osteopenia in one hip and in my spine. That's when I stepped up my exercise program to include weight training at the gym and I got more diligent about taking my calcium supplements. I had my 2nd test last week and the dr. just called to tell me that my spine has improved, and I'm not at the level of osteopenia there, and my right hip stayed the same, but the left hip went from a 0.8 reading to a 1.3, so that is now in the osteopenia range.

Is anyone else in that situation? What do you do for it?

I've been googling stuff and have decided I have to get more serious about cutting down on my caffeine (maybe I can sneak decaf past hubby in the mornings) and stopping the diet pepsi thing. Sorry, but I'll still have an occasional cocktail. The dr. told me to start the calcium 3 times/day, instead of 2.

I don't want to be hobbling around in a walker when I'm 60. I have too many things to do yet!
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:33 PM
 
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I can't believe I'd never heard of osteopenia until just now and I worked in medical for 25+ years! Maybe you're lucky that the situation was caught before it worsened. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my hips when I was maybe 52-53 (I'm 59 now). So I've been on Fosamax which didn't help at all, went to Actonel which stabilized and helped some and now I'm on Boniva and will have another DEXA the end of May. Thankfully it is not in my spine.

Sounds like you're doing all the right things. Are you taking Vitamin D along with the Calcium? I don't know that medication is indicated at your stage, but you may want to discuss that with your doctor.

At any rate, I doubt you'll be in a walker by 60!
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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I've never had a bone density and I'm 55. My doctor (PCP or Gyn) give me the order every time but I just never have followed-thru.
Are there any signs or symptoms that would be red flags that you should go get one? Or is it one of those things you "should" have when you get to a certain age?
I have my annual mammo, I did do a colonoscopy 3 yrs ago, I go to the Gyn every year, but other than that....I'm not sure I believe that it's mandatory to have every test in creation just because of the age thing... Family history of or symptoms or "silent" diseases, that's different.
I do think maybe I should have the bone density because my knees take longer to straighten out when I kneel down.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I've never had a bone density and I'm 55. My doctor (PCP or Gyn) give me the order every time but I just never have followed-thru.
Are there any signs or symptoms that would be red flags that you should go get one? Or is it one of those things you "should" have when you get to a certain age?
I have my annual mammo, I did do a colonoscopy 3 yrs ago, I go to the Gyn every year, but other than that....I'm not sure I believe that it's mandatory to have every test in creation just because of the age thing... Family history of or symptoms or "silent" diseases, that's different.
I do think maybe I should have the bone density because my knees take longer to straighten out when I kneel down.
I would say get one done. I didn't know I had any problem either but at 50+ you should probably have one done. (I've seen some websites that say 65! By then it may have already done a lot of damage.) No symptoms unless it has really progressed. Generally white or Asian small females are more prone to osteoporosis.

Hopefully the meds will prevent further destruction and complications (fractures of the spine/hip, "dowager's hump",etc.).

Some good information on osteoporosis here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osteoporosis/DS00128
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:49 PM
 
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I'm glad I had it done. Maybe the steps I'm taking will help. My spine did improve. I do have family history of osteoporosis, I'm fairly small, white, and in perimenopause, altho I do take hormones. Yes, my calcium has Vit. D with it, and I'm taking that 3 x/day now. SOmeone said I should also be taking magnesium? DOes that make sense? And does it matter what the calcium is made of? The one I'm taking is oyster shell based, if I remember right. Thanks for your inpute, FLTN Nana.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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Or is it one of those things you "should" have when you get to a certain age? .......
Yes, it is one of those "things" Unfortunately, the first hint one may have is often a fractured hip!
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:14 PM
 
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Yes, it is one of those "things" Unfortunately, the first hint one may have is often a fractured hip!
LOLLLL.... There are so many "things" as we get older! Not including all the ones I end up forgetting about.
OK... I'll get one done. It's easy enough right?? I do not believe in the "no pain no gain" theory either.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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LOLLLL.... There are so many "things" as we get older! Not including all the ones I end up forgetting about.
OK... I'll get one done. It's easy enough right?? I do not believe in the "no pain no gain" theory either.

It's a whale of a lot easier than your GYN checkup! Just lie there and don't move.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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It's a whale of a lot easier than your GYN checkup! Just lie there and don't move.
hahahahaha....
Don't move???
Isn't that when every part of your body starts to itch????
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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hahahahaha....
Don't move???
Isn't that when every part of your body starts to itch????
But, of course! Fortunately it doesn't take long.
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