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Unread 08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
Bone density test results

I saw my gyn today because he had to redo the pap test he did a couple weeks ago. The lab said there wasn't enough cells, but he says the lab spilled it. Who knows. Anyway, I asked about my mammo and he said it was negative. Then I asked out the bone density test I had done the same day. He told me it came back borderline for Ostero. I don't know if that means borderline like now or for the development of it. He told me to take 1500 mgs. of calcium and drink vitamin d milk and also do weight bearing exercise. I already do that as I walk 4-6 miles a night.
I am 43 yrs. old, but don't feel like I should have to be dealing with this so soon and on top of everything else.I am also in early menopause. Too much happening at one time as I found out today I will need my fourth surgery since May of 2004.

I know it could be worst, so I will count my blessings.
Peggy
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Unread 08-03-2005, 09:58 PM
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Well, I was just reading that walking only minimally builds bone. Bone builds when you stress the bones so--with your doctor's permission of course--the kind of thing that builds bone in this study I was reading is jumping jacks or running or I think stairs--real stairs not a stepper. Also weight lifting--but weights that you can lift 10 times but not an 11th. That is, weights that put stress on the bones. One of the classic ways they show how muscles help build bones are professional tennis players but think of what happens--swinging, lifting, and impact as the ball hits.

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Unread 08-04-2005, 02:22 AM
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Peg, I too hike 4-6 miles most days. Trish is right
re: weight bearing exercise to improve thinning bones.
You might know that calcium without magnesium goes into the soft tissues. Americans are short of magnesium (also necessary for healthy hearts). This mineral tells calcium where to go. It's probably better in
a liquid form (liquid minerals of some sort) Just for
what this is worth. Hard minerals are difficult to digest.
best to you.
Leigh
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Unread 08-04-2005, 04:48 AM
Bone density test results

Peggy,
I was diagnosed with Osteopenia last year. Osteopenia is the stage before Osteoporosis and it's where you show some loss of bone from your previous test results.

As ((Trish)) and Stardancer stated, weight bearing exercise builds bones.

Do be sure and keep up with the calcium, which needs to be taken with magnesium. If you have stomach issues, calcium citrate is more easily absorbed and seems to be gentler on the stomach.

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Unread 08-04-2005, 10:51 AM
Bone density test results

I was diagnosed 3 years ago with severe osteoporosis. I am -2.75 - -3.70. I was taking Fosomax .70 but had severe heartburn. Went to Actenol same results. Was put on Micalcin nosespray... but it ulcerated my sinusis. So, I quit smoking 7 months ago... Taking Isotonix calcium and vitamins and so on..... I am trying to get back into my excercise routine I used to be so faithful to 2 years ago.... but just not happening. I was suppose to have my yearly Dexascan and mammogram this past may.... but... I was thrown some curve balls in my life... Hopefully.... I will get it done by October!!
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Unread 08-04-2005, 07:18 PM
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Thanks for the responses. I guess it was ostenopenia I was diagnosed with. I wish I could do jumping jacks and all, but with my abdominal pain and stress incontinence it is impossible right now. I am not allowed to lift weights as I had a enterocele and rectocele repaired 6 months ago. I have a mild cystocele now. I am having a tvt soon and a lapro to look for the cause of the ongoing abdominal pain. Maybe I will buy some weights to tie onto my ankles and wrist to use while I walk.
Thanks for the magnesium info.
Peggy
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Unread 08-04-2005, 08:56 PM
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Hi Peggy, Before I have my hyst. my Dr. wants to be sure my bones are in great shape. ( I have endo/pcs and won't be able to start hrt right away) He keeps checking my vitamin D levels which have been very low ( I live in MI, not enough sun in winter), he said even though I was taking enough high quality calcium and magn. I may not have been absorbing it due to lack of vit D. I take 1,000 IU from compounding pharmacy. He said many people are deficient in it and don't know, as most Dr.s don't test for it, and if I remember correctly it is not an expensive test. Good luck.
Bev
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Unread 08-05-2005, 04:35 AM
Bone density test results

Peggy,
I can relate to the pain. So far, I haven't been able to begin even a consistant walking program without it making my pain worse. I can't imagine trying to lift weights. I know that I need to start doing something, but for now I make sure I take my calcium and one day I hope to get all this figured out and be able to do a REAL exercise program. I'm sending big s and much
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