I have a T-score of -4.2 and was told that I can break my bones just by lifting a 10 lb object or even by getting up from a chair. I shouldn't bent from my hip, twist my spine, ... It seems the only exercise I can do is walking but at the same time I would need 'weight bearing' exercise - quite a contradiction and confusing.
What about these vibrators that astronauts used to keep their bone mass. Should every gym or clinic have one for the patients?View Thread
Hi momsygirl, mild means you can probably stabilize your bones and live a normal live! To be told that your bones are more hollow than they should is a shock, but also a wake-up call or better even a call-to-arms! Get your blood and 24-urine calcium levels checked, your blood vitamin D, your parathyroid levels and a few other parameters to exclude an underlying, ongoing disease. Find a good doctor, one who is open minded, curious, and working for and with you - not one of those half-goods who think they know everything and will make all decisions for you (difficult to find, I know). Then - or why not today! - go to a pharmacy or nutrition shop or co-op and look for vitamin D supplements. Do you like gummy bears? you can have one per day (1000 U) with the great excuse of just taking your vitamin D. You also probably need a little more calcium. If you have a glass of milk and a yoghurt in the morning and an ounce of swiss cheese in the evening you are already getting a lot, but still not enough (each of those has about 300 mg calcium). What about one of those chocolate flavored 300mg calcium/150mg magnesium chewables after each lunch. (You want to get about 400 mg with each meal). Don't forget to add a 20-30 minute walk most/every day to you routine; it's actually fun to feel the change of the seasons on your skin and to watch the change of nature during the year. I don't know what your T-score is, no matter, it feels lousy, but it will only be detrimental some time in the future, and that gives you time to fight further bone loss and prevent it from causing serious trouble in a decade or two. Get active and - good luck!View Thread
Hi Maria, I have been taking Forteo for almost 8 months now. I don't know yet whether it works for me, I'll get another DEXA scan in 3 months. I had a blood Vit D level of 25. Three months on 1500 U Vit D supplement brought it up to 27. I am now taking 3-4000 U Vit D per day and will try to get another blood test soon to see the result. I am also taking about 600 mg Ca per day to supplement my diet which I estimate has about 600 mg from milk, yoghurt, cheese and others. After developing a strong aversion to the monster pills I am now taking chewable tablets, much better. I look for those with some magnesium in it, preferably at a ratio of 2:1 for calcium:magnesium. I take calcium supplements at every meal, 100, 200 or 300 mg at a time, since I read that the body can only handle 600 mg at a time. There is also an slightly increased risk of heard attack in women who take calcium supplements, possibly because the body cannot handle mega-doses easily, so breaking up the dose in multiple portions may be a good idea. I am also a little concerned about kidney stones since I excreted too much calcium in the urine even before taking calcium supplements. I therefore would prefer to have calcium citrate supplements which are also better absorbed from the gut, but the chewables are usually calcium carbonate. Forteo sometimes increases calcium excretion in the urine but usually is expected to increase reabsorption of calcium from urine. A 24h calcium urine test will show what's going on. I have a step counter and try to walk at least 5000 steps a day (the goal is 10,000) per day), on some days on a treadmill with 3 pound waits in my hands to add some upper body exercise. No bending and twisting of the spine is difficult to achieve, but I am definitely more careful now, even thinking of getting somebody else to do the house cleaning and other work. I'm sorry to hear that you are in pain. Did your doctor try to find out why you have such a low bone mass, did you get a parathyroid hormone analysis and other tests? I have no risk factors and no idea what caused this low T-score, something that is unsettling since whatever the cause, it may still be going on and worsen the situation, something I really cannot afford with these bones. I hope this helps a little even though everything that I am doing is trial and error, without any data to indicate whether I am on the right track. An unpleasant situation, but I fell with a T-score of -4.2 I cannot afford to wait and see, Good luck!View Thread
Thanks fro asking. I suspected osteoporosis when I started to have pain which felt like joint pain but maybe something else. The pain was worst in the morning. I was about 2-3 years before menopause and thought that I might have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis or undiagnosed Lyme disease. My doctor dismissed it as simply getting older and did not order any test to explore it further. One year after menopause the pain was worse, but my rheumatoid factor level was normal and I was negative for Lyme disease antigen. However, I was diagnosed with severe (T-score -4.2 in vertebrae) osteoporosis.View Thread
None of my relatives (3 sisters, parents, grant-parents, aunts or uncles) had broken bones or a stooped pasture. I don't think there is a genetic predisposition. My doctor suggested that I may never have had good bones but who knows, no way to test it now. I did ask my physician 3 years ago for a bone scan (my joints were hurting and overall I felt miserable). She didn't allow it since I was pre-menopausal. I'm now very sorry for the lost time.
I haven't played tennis in a while and already thought about donating my rackets to Good Will. It's a miserable situation: one the one hand people with osteoporosis should do exercise, on the other hand they shouldn't since they may break their bones.
I am now taking 4000 U Vit D in the hope to get my blood value above 30, but haven't had a test done yet. The low blood value is surprising, since I always try to be 15-30 minutes outdoors per day and these determinations were done in summer - I wonder what the Vit D level is now!
My parathyroid hormone level and blood calcium level were normal.
I am taking about 100mg Mg and 2x200 mg Ca supplement per day, figuring that I get >300 from milk and >300 from cheese and some from joghurt and other food. I probably will increase my supplemental Ca intake but I'm worried about kidney stones since I already have calciuria. I wonder whether the abnormally high excretion of Ca in the urine is the cause of my osteoporosis, i.e. a kidney problem?View Thread
I agree, exercise is important. After moving to another state I now have to drive to work instead of walking as before. My job is sedentary and I have a hard time to get more than 2500 steps done per day (I have a step counter). I now use a treadmill and try to have more than 5000 steps per day, but I don't get to the desired 10,000 steps which would require about 1 1/2h of walking. I'd like to have a DVD with strength training exercises for women in their 50s with severe osteoporosis - haven't found it yet. May be we should suggest it to Jane Fonda (although she is older and had some joint replacements).View Thread
I am a 57 year old female, 130 lb, seemingly healthy. Last summer, less than a year after my last period, I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis: T scores of -4.2 (vertebra), -3.5 (hip), -3.2 (femur). All my life I have consumed dairy products daily, I did horseback riding as a teenager, tennis in college, and all my life until 9 years ago walked 5+ miles daily; no history of osteoporosis in my family either. How did I get these bones? I am excreting about 350mg Ca/24h in urine and my blood Vit D level is 25, 28 after taking about 2000U Vit D/day for 4 months. I am now taking Forteo, but I'm worried that the outcome may be disappointing if the cause of the problem is not corrected. Any suggestions?View Thread