I am 56. Osteoporosis runs in the family. I was diagnosed two years ago at the age of 54 with a T-Scan of -3.3 in the lower spine. I tried Fosmax and everything hurt and jumped off after a few months. At that time I discovered a wonderful gym here in Florida that has a bone building program. My T-Scan has remained the same after two years of working out and a change of diet. However, my doctor (and this is the second opinion) suggests that with my younger age (and I am active) and the severity… read more
I am 72, was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my late 50s, and yet I have always been active. Retired teacher, mother of 2, grandmother of 4, and married almost 50 years. Osteoporosis also runs in my family. I never thought much about it since I have always felt so good, healthy, and kept an active lifestyle. My husband and I retired to FL from NY 6 years ago and did a lot of biking, kayaking, walking, and even tried our hand at pickle ball. Six months ago I had gall bladder surgery and it set me back on my daily exercise routine. Slowly I stopped going to the gym and doing other physical activity, enjoying more time sitting, doing crafts (card making), reading, etc. It was too easy to get into that cozy/lazy mind set. At Christmas while I was cleaning to prepare for company, I "pulled" my back. I blamed it on not exercising regularly anymore, muscles out of shape. Weeks later the pain became more excruciating. After seeing an orthopedic and having x-rays, I have 3 compression fractures in my spine. It's still healing and I'm in a lot of pain. My life turned around overnight. I have terrible back pain and even standing over a counter too long to cook or bake is painful. So my advice is to maintain an active lifestyle as your number one priority, - weight bearing exercise daily as well as "fun movement," - dancing or yoga, - eat lots of fruits and veggies, eat calcium and take Calcium supplements with Vit. D3 (sunshine is the best source.) And don't ever stop. I let my health priorities fall way to an easier, lazier routine - easy to do as one gets older.
I also had early stage breast cancer 10 years ago. After surgery I was put on a medication that suppresses estrogen production to prevent a recurrence of cancer. Unfortunately, the side effects of the medication also compromised my bone health. No easy answers in dealing with osteoporosis. It is often a silent disease for many years, and we forget it is there and needs constant attention and treatment. I have to say that different bone medications did help to slightly increase my bone density numbers for many years - 5 yrs on Fosomax, 5 years on Actenol and on a bi-annual injection of Prolia for the past two years. With all that, I have 3 compression fractures. I strongly believe that exercise to keep bones strong, and muscles in top condition to compensate for declining bone health is paramount, as well as a healthy diet.
My mother walked everywhere all her life, hardly ever drove, ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables but with some meat for protein, and her osteoporosis never reared itself until she was well into her very late 80s (back pain and two hip fractures. ) She was my best example of living with osteoporosis, and I ignored most of it until I was older. Especially the healthy diet. Good luck!
Hi! I was on Actonel and Atelvia for almost 12 years, after that, got off medicines for 4 years. (Endocrinologist orders). After those 4 years, my numbers were very similar to yours. Under my dr. recommendations, went on Forteo for 18 months, sad to tell you that my numbers didn't go up a bit, on the contrary, went bad. I was really disappointed, I cried, wento to bed, really depressed, did not what to do. Dr. suggest to go on Prolia but after research, I decided to go a completely different way. I am on Algaecal (natural calcium) and twice a week, take strontium. All the other calcium are made of limestone and rock, even Oscal !!! I swicht all my food to organic, rarely eat meat, try to eat wild caught salmon, all natural as much as I can. Instead of drinking cow milk or almond milk (both bad for osteoporosis bc they made your calcium leach from your bones) I drink flaxseed milk. Everything is antiinflamatory, I feel wonderful, after 8 months in this plan, I can tell you my hands do not hurt anymore (I had a little bit of arthritis pain in my joints) exercise at the gym almost everyday (don't do situps!! dangerous for your back) I guide myself with a book from Lani Simpson "Bone Health Guide" (lots of good information, amazing!). By the way, I am 64 years old. I really hope that all this information help you.!! Best wishes.
Hi, I just had a bone density scan and now have osteoporosis (the one I had in 2011 showed osteopenia). Two doctors want me to use Forteo or other injection first to build up bone for two years and then an oral pill (Fosamax) to maintain. I would love to go natural, but of course the doctors say they have never heard of a supplement that has been proven to build bone (I am strongly considering trying Algaecal, but not totally convinced yet). The daily injections aren't convenient for me as a flight attendant plus the side effects of all these meds scare me.....have you decided on anything?
I think if God gave us humans the brains to formulate effective remedies, we should use them.
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