I've taken reclast for osteoporosis and have not had a dose since Nov, 2012. I moved and had to change doctors and the new doctor said don't take the dose in 2013. My former doctor, when asked, did not agree. I intend to change doctors this year. Meanwhile, my new internist stated that the biophosphenates, including Reclast do not build bone. They stop bone loss. She said Prolia does build bone. I've read some of the discussions on this forum where it is stated that Reclast does build bone. Also there are side effects to Prolia that sound horrible. I truly have no idea how I should be treated. Doctors disagree on just about everything. How does someone know what is best for themselves?View Thread
Lumbar spine Tscore -1.4 Left hip -2.7 No broken bones. No corticosteroids. Last Reclast Nov 2012. The doc I left wanted me on Reclast. But I moved to South FL. Rheumatologist did not impress me with knowledge and office was very poorly run. Internists have not impressed me. Even the radiology was not as good as NJ where they gave me a full report and took scans of both hips.View Thread
I appreciate your response. The doctor I saw stated that post menopausal women do not build bone. Hence her suggestion of prolia. I did not take the reclast this year but will see a new rheumatologist soon. And if he suggests prolia I don't think I will follow his advice. It is very hard being in a new place and going to new medical people.View Thread
I have osteoporosis and I recently went to a new internist. In discussing my bone health, this doctor indicated that supplements are not a good idea. Calcium has been in the news lately because it is not good for the heart. Too much vitamin D can cause toxicity. I have been taking minimum of 1200 unit calcium/day plus 2000 units of Vitamin D/day. The 2000 units of vitamin D was recommended by another doctor who said studies indicate this dosage helps to avoid hip fractures. I get so much conflicting information that I don't know what to do. What is your opinion on this?View Thread
I spoke to my former doctor. He says I've been fairly stable. The scan indicates osteoporosis. He was willing to write me a script for Reclast. But he said generally if someone is on the med for 5-7 years and is stable, they can take a drug holiday. I started meds in 2003. Started Reclast in '08. That adds up to 5 years on Reclast. I guess it's time for a holiday. I guess there's no way to really be sure either way what to do.View Thread
My former doctor did say I was borderline. So why did the new doc suggest my spine was osteoporosis and then my primary said I have osteoporosis in my left hip. The primary was looking at the new scan which I don't have a copy of. What do i do about the fact that this new scan is on a new machine?
No, I am not on estrogen.
I take 1600 mg of calcium (multi and calcium in the am and another calcium at dinner). I take 2000 units of vit D as per my gyn who spoke of a study that found people who took this amount had less hip fractures. I have 400 plus multi with 400 in the am, 400 in the calcium tablet. Then 400 plus another 400 in the calcium tablet at dinner.View Thread
Thank you so much for this information. To answer:
I had a scan in 10/2012. I moved. So the scan done in 12/2013 is on a new machine. That said, I realize it can't be compared to the previous scan. I live in FL, and this state is not on the iscd.org site. I've been getting scans yearly. My doctor suggested maybe taking a drug holiday - not getting the injection in 2013. I went to a new doctor who suggested I not have the meds since I've been on them too long. She didn't order the new scan. The primary ordered the scan and when she saw the results she suggested I take Fosamax, which if she had read my history, she should not have suggested.
I appreciate hearing what your director maintains. I think my density has been somewhat stable since changes have been minimal. So far I have not gotten a copy from the office and I will have to keep after them.
What worries me is that I don't want to lose more density. If been worrying about the femur since an acquaintance had this break and is now having trouble with the rod that was implanted.
I will look at nof.org. Thank you for this information. I just don't feel like I am getting good coordinated care in my new area.View Thread