I am 65, 5'5" & weigh 105. I dance, do Zumba & yoga twice a week & have had osteoporosis for a long time. I took Miacalcin for 2 yrs & Fosomax for 9 years, & continued to loose BMD. I had an endocrinologist do blood work to see if something abnormal was going on. The answer was that I'm fine, just one of those people! It's been about 2 1/2 yrs. w/out any meds & I took another 3 site Dexa in July 2011. The comparison was from my July, 2009 Dexa. 20092011 Lumbar Spine: -3.4 -3.5 Femoral Neck: -3.0 -3.1 Total Hip: -2.6 -2.2 Wrist: -1.5 -0.2
It seems that my Total Hip has gotten better & my wrist has become normal. The other 2 readings have only gone down 1/10th of a %. I've always taken taken 1200 mg of calcium divided each day & now taking a larger dose of Vit D3, since Oct. 2009. On Oct. 1, 2009, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia & the next day with Mitral valve prolapse & moderately severe regurgitation. I am stable with both. In May of 2010, diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. After 2nd surgery this year, I had BCG treatment for 6 wks. because it was invasive, but not to the muscle. Hopefully, that has taken care of the cancer, but who knows. I have a big decision to make. I have 5 doctors telling me to take Reclast, Prolia, or Forteo. After lots of research, I don't want to take anything. The Reclast is just another Bisphosphonate, that didn't seem to help after 13 years. Prolia has so many contraindications for all of my new health issues and after you stop Prolia, you go back to your baseline within 12 months. You can only take Forteo for 2 yrs., then what? Forteo has some unpleasant side effects also. I don't know whether the increase of activity (started Zumba 3/09 & yoga 6/11) was what made the difference in the Total Hip & wrist. The Zumba is high impact & the yoga should help strengthen my body. I've always worked out at the gym, but maybe better concentration on body parts will help; it seemed to, with my wrist & hips. Please give me some guidance, as the meds really scare me, worse than breaking something. Thanks for any helpful feedback.View Thread
Thanks for the suggestion to Marianakel; I will take it to my next appointment and make the request. I did a lot of research since my first post 3 months ago and appreciate your quick response. I am reading the 2011 revised book by Gillian Sanson, called "The Myth of Osteoporosis". It's very startling and I suggest that you read it. I would love to get your take on it. It's the new 2011 version and my library had to order it. The book store would have had to order it too, since it is so new. The old version was 2003 and needed to be updated, since the meds are so new.
If I gave up Zumba, yoga and dancing, I would just crawl under the covers and die. If you're a dancer, you have to dance, until you just can't. I tried slowing things down in Zumba and felt like an invalid. Upon greater thought, I won't do any high impact jumping where you are in the air with both feet, in Zumba and in yoga, I stopped the squat/thrust to push up. I figured that those moves were very high impact and could be bad, but most everything else is what I need. I am also concentrating on hip and back strengthening exercises. Thanks for your previous suggestions.View Thread