I have found the postings of this site quite informative in helping me try to reach some conclusions about how to treat my Osteoporosis. I found out I had Osteopenia with my first bone density test at age 50. My mother had Osteoporosis and took Fosomax (but I am unaware of it really changing anything).
Last year I had my thyroid removed (which had probably been hyper many times in my life) and found I had been fortunate enough catch cancer early that would have moved to a more agressive stage within the year. Of course, my calcium levels and so forth have been monitored carefully since then. I just had another bone density test and found that the Ostopenia had progressed to Osteoporosis and my doctor reommended I have a treatment of Reclast.
My son is in the field of Orthopedic surgery and he is very reluctant to have me undergo this treatment or the other drugs based on what he has seen. I am scheduled to have the procedure done this week, yet after reviewing sites with testemonies of reactions and articles of even deaths, I have second thoughts.
I have decided to wait on this and go back to discuss it further with my doctor before I go to this treatment option. Yet I will be honest in saying this is not without mixed feelings. I have a family history on my father's side as well where females have had broken bones later in life or hip replacement surgery. My grandmother died from compications after breaking her hip.
I have only known of the changes in my condition a little over a month; I think it is wise to wait awhile longer. It turns out my last bone density test showed the condition even before my surgery, and my regular doctor did not bring the change to my attention. He had felt I was doing well with my diet, exercise, and so forth. That said, I have had some significant health changes in the last year. I didn't like seeing a section that said once you show -2.5 or higher in any section that it is definitely elsewhere. The rest of my scan looks great in comparison!
I want to make the right choices to keep myself healthy and active for many years to come. Are there any sites with more up to date statistics on all the reactions and so forth on Reclast? I may consider the treatment a few months from now, but I really want to wait awhile longer and see what further information comes out from this.
My sincere sympathies to all the individuals who have lost loved ones or have had severe reactions to this drug. I have a tendancy to be rather sensitive to some medications and have occasionally strange reactions to some. So I really might not be a great candidate for this treatment.
I would love to hear from individuals who have chosen to find natural solutions to deal with Osteoporosis and how they have done over time with calcium supplements and vitamin D (which I am taking) along with a healthy diet and exercise. I would especially love to hear what people have done that have reversed the trend without some of these drugs.
The number of people who develop this are considerable so I am sure to get some interesting feedback. I have an active lifestyle and want to keep it that way. I also have two sisters and daughters that I want to help keep healthy as well (not to mention future grandchildren).
Thanks in advance,