I think it is very important to have Bone denisty studies of lumbar spine and hips. (DXA). How long do you take Evista? If you take this over 5-7 years, you can discuss with doctors to change some medications such like Forteo. If you just start the Evista and tolerated, I think you can keep it because it is oral intake 1 tablet daily. Forteo is SQ injection daily for 24 moths only. MRI is for studying soft tissue ( spine nerve). If you are older than age 50, your insurance will cover the DXA because you have T8 compression fracture. Two years later DXA exam should be repeated it. It will monitor your bone density. To somethings you can change: weight bearing exercise. increase calcium and vitamin D. If you have vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency, you need to ask your doctor to treat it. Then repeat lab result for serum Vitamin 25(OH)D level. http://www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/testguide.action?dc=CF_VitaminDView Thread
I think it is a good idea to check kidney function ( BUN and Cr) and electrical lytes ( include calcium) before using Prolia. Prolia can decrease bone resorption and increasing bone mass and strength in both cortical and trabecular bone. It is a SQ injection every 6 months. I think it is worth to try. This is a link for side affect: http://www.rxlist.com/prolia-drug/side-effects-interactions.htm It is good that your mother is active. Calicium with vitamin D and weight bear exercise are also recommended for treatement of osteoporosis.View Thread
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