I am a 64 year old MALE diagnosed with "Severe Osteoporosis" with a history of seventeen broken bones that include a smashed femur and a pelvic/femur head break and crush. The breaks, all since 1996 have ended me up with more metal in me than is used on most cars now.
I have no where to go with my thoughts. Women are the predominate sufferers of Osteoporosis. Everything is written for the female. Can I use this information or must I try to dig out anything there might be for a male sufferer? Even the drug they gave me was developed for women. I also take Calcium in the form of Gummy Bears that are sold in the Woman's Health section of my grocery store. There are no chewable tablets in the men's health section.
How can I handle this very emotional situation? My PCP is no help. All I get when i pose these questions is, "Don't worry about it, I'll take care of you."--------->That does not help me!!!
My Osteoporosis is a bi-product of my general body breakdown and a number of diagnosed diseases that are part of the process caused by dioxins in my body from defoliants I came in contact with while in the military. It took over 20 years for all except my diabetes to manifest themselves in me. Up until 1996 I was a healthy male with only diabetes as a problem. (that started in 1982).
I'd really like to know what may be different with my male osteoporosis as opposed to what females have. What information can I get from all the articles that are directed to the female sufferer that will benefit me?
The information that I have been provided by all of you here has led to much more as I follow the trail snippets and articles. My reading material is growing with up to date information. Both my Wife and I are learning a lot.
I appreciate your help. With my osteoporosis, depression, and all the other hurdles of life.
I hope that each of you feels some satisfaction for helping push me up the hill and get me going in the right direction.
Thank you for this in depth response. I like what you have to say. I can tell you that I am 3 years into testosterone hormone therapy. At present I am running between 450 and 600 depending on the time period between implants. When I was first tested my level was at 35. hen it was redone to insure there was no error it was 65.
Te belief is that the dioxins in my body helped destroy the hormone. Therefore the implants at what is now about 6 month intervals.
My exercise regimen is a half hour walk 3 days a week and 20 minutes of weight bearing exercises and free weight sets on two days a week. Living in Las Vegas allows me to do all my exercises in the sun. I also take calcium supplements.
Your great response to me is in my file now so I can refer to it as I do all the information I am receiving. Both my wife and i read the file. it is helping both of us.
BJ, Thank you I am back working with the VA also now. Had my first scan this week with them. They are investigation through my records to pin everything down. I am at 100% for all the other problems and now VA is going to help me with info and treatment for my osteoporosis. It is presently not on the list.
My thanks I will go find this document in the morning.
I was stumbling around at your web site and have a request in to see if there is a group in my area that will accept men. I really need to study a lot. Education means a lot to me so that I can better deal with my problems.
Thank you for the information. I will look at NOF.com this evening.
I believe that I can be an advocate after I get some learning under my belt. I did it with all the other patients in the Rehab Hospital the whole 3 months I was there with this last shattered femur. Many had lost their will to exercise. With my bright Hawaiian shirts on each day I worked hard and encouraged others. I can only hope that I was able to give some a psychological boost to keep working.
So, you are my advocate and I am heading off to do the research you suggest.
I am a 100% disabled (combat wounded) Veteran of the Viet Nam conflict. Most of my problems didn't appear (that I was aware of) until about 23 years after my tours on the rivers and coastline. I was adjudged to have dioxins in my organs and blood. I started breaking bones at a alarming rate. My legs are mostly metal. I am now in a wheelchair because of it.
I have read the Osteoporosis information that appears to deal mostly with females and I've read the article for men.
Can anyone connect up my brittle bone disease directly to the dioxins or is it just a part of the overall poison in my body? To put it another way, The dioxins caused my diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, etc. Did these diseases cause the osteoporosis or did the osteoporosis develop as a direct result of the chemicals?
I know this sounds crazy but, I would like to know the answer just for my own information.View Thread
My Doc is very aggressively working with me. She really keeps a connection. I do get e-mail from her in between visits and she sends me a lot of articles. I've even gotten use to the articles being female centered.
I sure would hope that one of the Experts would happen on to my post and e-mail with me a bit.