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osteoporosis anyone? osteoporosis anyone?

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Unread 05-30-2002, 08:09 AM
osteoporosis anyone?

Margaret - 58 is YOUNG!! Of course perhaps I am prejudiced because I am 58 also! But some days I FEEL 70. .

I guess it is all relative - my mom says she is just now starting to feel old and she will turn 80 next month (and has Parkinsons or she probably would still feel young at 80).

I will ask the nurse about Tums too when I call her - although taking the Prilosec should help as it is for the stomach acid problems.

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Unread 05-30-2002, 09:16 AM
osteoporosis anyone?

s Gail

I laughed when I saw this old thread. I am embarassed by my spelling of a medicine I now know very well! Fosamax. There, I got it right.
My osteopenia came on rapidly after my radical hyster and chemo. I just turned 50 in Jan. and was not allowed HRT.
I do take 1500mg of supplemental calcium per day. I usually remember at least two doses. One pill with each meal. Since I usually only eat two meals I also have Viactiv. It's calcium in the chewable candy flavored form and you need not take it with meals. I usually chew one of these at days end if I've only gotten in two pills.
Fosamax I take on the weekend. I only have to wait thirty minutes for coffee but I do have to drink 8 oz of water with the pill. It causes me no gastric problem whatsoever.
Nothing evers bothers this chubby little gut of mine. Except hunger pains.


PS Margaret, I envisioned you to be about thirty five!!!!!
Unread 06-01-2002, 10:31 PM
Bone Density Scan today -- referred for DEXA Scan

Can anyone tell me the accuracy of heel scans? I had one done today at a Women's Conference and it was suggested that I provide my doctor with the information and was recommended to have a DEXA Scan. Also, does anyone know how these things are graded? What is the lowest number for the test and the highest number? I have heard that they are not that dependable, but a good indication to get the DEXA Scan and have insurance pay for it. They wouldn't pay for my heel screening last year. This year I got it for free. We paid $30 for the conference, but there were a lot of freebies.
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Unread 06-02-2002, 05:02 PM
osteoporosis anyone?

I also have osteopenia and my Dr. put me on Actonel because you don't have as many stomach problems. It now comes as a once a week pill. This is just new. I also eat 4 tums daily.
Unread 06-04-2002, 04:43 AM

I just started my once weekly Fosamax. Was going to start it on Sunday, and remembered at around 3PM Sunday - so taped the insert of pills to my mirror in the bathroom to remember! Took the first one Mon AM - and just had a feeling of a small "lump" in my throat for about an hour. I wanted to drink more than the 8 oz of water with the pill, but wasn't sure if this was OK. Once I took my other daily morning poills with more water one hour later, I was fine. Does anyone take the Fosamax with more than 8 oz of water?
I didn't have any other problems, just the little lump feeling.
Trying hard to remember to take those calicum horse pills. Think I will get some Viactiv - maybe it will help the chocolate cravings a little to take one of those a day replacing one of the calcium pills.
Unread 07-05-2002, 04:15 PM
DEXA Scan tomorrow morning

I scheduled my DEXA Scan for tomorrow morning. I met a lady at the grocery store while waiting for a prescription. She was picking up her Fosamax. I asked how long she had been taking it and she said just a few months. She had a scan last year and then another this year. She had a 30% bone loss in one year! I decided I better get my scan done now just in case I need to take something. I am starting to feel like an old lady (over 90) because I am so stiff when I get out of bed in the morning. Now I have to hope that the insurance company pays for it. I had my hyst two years ago (6/2000) and have been on Premarin since July 2000. I also take thyroid medication for hypothyroidism.

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