My doctor, a specialist in internal medicine, is not concerned that although I have been treated with Evista, Fosomax, and/or Boniva for more than 5 years and during this time have not gained any bone mass. My numbers on the DEXA have continued to decline or have stablized. I have the diagnosis of osteoporosis now.
He is recommending a vacation from Boniva for a year. He says that the medications for increasing bone density stay in your system for as long as five years. Furthermore, he says that some people will stop responding to the medication and if a medication vacation is taken, and then the medication restarted, my bones may respond and build bone mass.
He asked if any of my relatives had hump-backs. My mother and maternal grandmother both did and both had hip fractures. Mother lived to age 86 and grandmother to 93 years.
He said that I would probably have a hump-back too as the medication will not prevent that.
At one time he talked about referring me to an endocrinologist, but now does not think this would be helpful.
Has anyone heard of or taken a vacation from bone enhancing medications? Has anyone found an endocrinologist to be helpful?