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Unread 12-17-2003, 02:21 PM
Yikes-36 y/o-6mo post hyst and osteopenia

Hi ladies-hope you are well.
My gynecologist ordered a dexa scan which I had last week. (Surgery was seven months ago). I had not taken any hormones x five months and started the Vivelle Dot in October as my doc had said I was too young not to take estrogen d/t cardic reasons and osteoporosis risk.
I've been taken 1200mg of Ca and Vitamin D (I forget how many mgs). I've been walking on the treadmill 2-3x/s week. Two miles each time.Well apparently, I need to step it up a couple notches and add wt lifting to the mix.
Received the results today and I have osteopenia in my hip and spine. No values yet, although I will call to get specifics. I was very surpised. (I scared my dh, he thought my cancer had returned).
Had to share this with my CC hystersisters. Again, I'm still so surprised. !! ?
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Unread 12-17-2003, 07:32 PM
Yikes-36 y/o-6mo post hyst and osteopenia

Yeow! I've got a bone density scan set up for January and now I'm really scared to see what it shows... I had my surgery in April last year. Because of the cancer in the uterues as well as the ovaries, I'm not getting any estrogen so I'm supposed to be taking 1200 mg of calcium, too. (Only I forget a lot!!)

Well, I do walk a lot during the week.

Think I'll have to bring it up a few notches, too. I think I'll just go upstairs and take my calcium, too!

Thanks for the heads up. Let us know when you get the specifics.

Unread 12-17-2003, 07:39 PM
Yikes-36 y/o-6mo post hyst and osteopenia

Hi, Mary--

About a year and a half after my radical hysterectomy and radiation, I had a DEXA scan showing mild osteopenia. From what I've learned, surgical menopause causes a hormonal jolt to the system that often causes bone loss for the first year or so afterwards. However, the bone loss often stabilizes over time. I have had three more DEXA scans since then, and have had no further loss. But I have done as much as possible to reverse the loss.

I take 1500 mg. calcium (500 mg at a time three times a day), as well as 750 mg. magnesium (250 mg. at a time with each of the calcium doses). The reason is that the body can only absorb so much calcium at a time. I also make sure I get 400 IU of vitamin D daily. I quit coffee because the caffeine accelerates calcium excretion. Caffeinated sodas are also bad for the bones. I do weight lifting several times a week in addition to aerobics and kickboxing.

My osteopenia was not significant enough for my doctor to prescribe Fosamax or Actonel, an since things have stabilized, we're just monitoring at regular intervals. Hopefully, your bone loss will stabilize, but depending on how far below the norm you are, your doctor may prescribe one of these drugs. I have a friend who went through menopause quite young--around 42 or 43--and she had full-blown osteoporosis a year or so later. Her doctor never did a DEXA until I suggested to my friend that she ask for one. I think because of her age, her doctor didn't consider doing the test.

At least you are now aware that this is an issue for you and you can do everything possible to reverse the condition before it progresses any further.

Good luck,

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Unread 12-18-2003, 07:22 AM
Yikes-36 y/o-6mo post hyst and osteopenia

Hi Ladies --

You can also ask your doctor about Evista, which can prevent bone loss and is now being compared to tamoxofin for chemoprevention of breast cancer.


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