I had a DEXA bone scan done in August, and the results were not good. My right hip had a score of -2.9; the left hip was -2.5, and the spine was -3.9. My doctor wanted to start me on Prolia, but that medication tends to raise cholesterol levels, and I already take both Crestor and Zetia to keep my cholesterol down. I decided to try Fosamax, but within six days of taking the first dose, all of my arthritic joints were swollen. I have arthritis in both knees, in the left wrist, and in my neck. Both knees were swollen with fluid as was the left wrist, and my neck was very painful. I didn't take the second dose, and the swelling in the joints slowly went down. Both of my orthopedic doctors insist that the Fosamax was not the cause of the symptoms. However, I have had arthritis for 14 years, and I have never had my joints swell as they did after the first dose of Fosamax. Am I correct in assuming that the Fosamax caused the arthritic joints to swell???View Thread
Easy for you to say: try the Fosamax again. My knees were so full of fluid that I could barely sit down on the toilet because of the pain, and I had to be very careful when I walked, lest I fall down. My arthritic wrist was swollen double. When I didn't take any more of the Fosamax, my joints went back to normal. Right now, I am doing nothing. I would take Stronium renalate if I could find it, but I am very afraid of the bone strengthening medications. Some people just cannot take that stuff.View Thread
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