Tomorrow is my 59th birhday. Instead of a celebration, I am having a pity party. I had a bone density scan this week, and I got the results yesterday. The osteopenia in my hips is now osteoporosis, and I have osteopenia in my spine. My PCP, who is not one to jump to unnecessary meds, suggested a course of fosamax.
My mom had osteoporosis, and she was on fosamax. She broke several bones, and the breaks were bad because they were shear breaks due to the way fosamax builds bone. She ended up with dementia that a doctor at Mayo Clinic suspected was due to constant pain that she was trying to escape in her mind. I am so much like my mom, physically, and this has me scared.
I am in good shape and although I weigh a few pounds more than I did when I entered my menopause years more than 11 years ago, I am not overweight. I have been good about eathing a healthy, balanced diet. I work out 5 days a week with body weight and resistance weights. I confess that I have not been good about taking calcium supplements in recent years. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, so I have been taking thyroid replacement for 42 years.
Going forward, I have vowed to take calcium, as religiously as I take thryroid. I will add a daily walk to my regimen & increase my weight training. I am considering a visit to a nutritionist to put together a plan to eat for optimal bone health.
My questions now: Is it possible to reverse the osteoporosis without fosamax? Is it possible to keep it from progressing further without fosamax? Or am I wrong to be so worried about the effects of fosamax? What about Miacalcin, which I discovered Googling today?
This is a community with a lot of knowledge and experience. I am interested in what you know and what you think as I navigate this issue that has me feeling a lot older today than I felt yesterday.