I developed osteoporosis about 13 years ago. I took Fosamax for about 7 yrs. and with the help of calcium, Vitamin D, and weight bearing exercise, I was able to reverse to osteopenia. Now, after a bi-annual bone density test, I am told my osteoporosis is back. My doctor does not want me to take Fosamax due to the numerous risks, but I do not want to be at risk for fractures, either. I had numerous stress fractures prior to being diagnosed the first time. Any ideas what I can do to reduce my fracture risk? (BTW, I still take 1200 mg of calcium + D daily, lift weights and run 4 miles every day).View Thread
Thanks to both of your for your info and replies. I will be seeing my doctor next month and you both have given me information to discuss with him. I would prefer not to have to take any medication if at all possible. I am proud to say that at age 64 I do not take any prescription meds and would like to keep it that way.
I am 64 years old and had stress fractures beginning in 2003 through 2007 (femur, and both feet). Extended use of Fosamax (over 5 years) has been shown to increase the risk of fractures and deters in the healing of fractures. I take 600 mg. of calcium twice a day (morning and evening).
I disagree that walking gives the same benefit as running. While it is better than no exercise, it does not provide the cardio workout as running. Actually, my doctors have all encouraged me to continue my running and weight lifting as they are weight bearing exercises and strengthen the bones.
I have never heard that sweating causes you to excrete calcium. Thank you for that information. I will include it in my discussions with my doctor.
I don't have a copy of my bone density test - will get when I meet with the doctor next month - so I don't know the difference in my T-scores.
I am hoping there is another medication out there that doesn't have the risks of Fosamax, but will deter bone mass loss. I have seen some ads on TV lately about a shot that is only taken twice a year. Wondering about that...