Good News on My Osteoporosis?

k9ophile

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I see the endocrinologist on the 14th so I'm awaiting his assessment. BUT I had my Dexa scan yesterday and from what I can understand, one of my scores -11.3 (very bad) is now a 4.7. I hope that is an improvement and not bad news. I'll post after I see him.
 

Marquis Mark

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I see the endocrinologist on the 14th so I'm awaiting his assessment. BUT I had my Dexa scan yesterday and from what I can understand, one of my scores -11.3 (very bad) is now a 4.7. I hope that is an improvement and not bad news. I'll post after I see him.
I'm not religious, but I have my fingers crossed for you!
 

Spiky Bugger

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Sounds promising! Keep us posted.

YOU ARE NOW OUR IN-HOUSE OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT EXPERT.

This is your ¿third? round of osteoporosis drug treatment? Can you compare and contrast how living with those drugs was for you? (Without the results from the last test, it may be too early to compare actual results.).

Which drug was easiest to get into you? Easiest to “keep up with” in terms of getting subsequent doses? Which would you never do again? Why?

And, since they all reveal that side effects can be an issue, which provided the least difficult to live with side effects. I know it’s an YMMV thing, but how did your experience match up with the warnings?

PROLIA—low calcium levels (especially if you have kidney problems), and
FORTEO—dizziness or fast heartbeat within 4 hours after using this medication, for a few minutes to a few hours. This side effect should go away after several doses as your body adjusts to Forteo, and
BONIVA—
You didn’t have anything else to do, right?
 

k9ophile

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The quick answer without knowing what the doctor has to say: I never had side effects or adverse reactions to any of them. My observations at this time will be limited to administration and what happened (in the vaguest terms).

Boniva: The drug was delivered to my house. Once received, I went to my PCP on a quarterly schedule to have it injected. It did what it was supposed to do.

Forteo: I gave myself a daily injection and the FDA has limited its use to a maximum of two years. I had good results with this. It has to be kept refrigerated. My doctor gave me the "user kit" which was an insulated bag smaller than a kid's lunch bag. It was supposed to be given at roughly the same time of day. It came with an ice pack if I was going for a day trip. We stayed at a fancy-smancy hotel that lent us a small dorm like fridge for the duration of the stay.

Then I did no prescription drugs for two years, which in hind-sight wasn't my best decision. It was done with purpose of giving my body a break. With the rapid increase of bone disintegration and my family history, two years was one too many.

Prolia: Easiest administration. One simple injection in the doctor's office, every six months. Yes, I have to go to Nashville to see him, yet that is an opportunity for Big City Shopping and a wider variety of dining. The only reason I'm concerned about the drastic change from -11.3 to a 4.7 is that there is a normal range with a low threshold and a high threshold. Am I over the high-end of the range? I don't know and that's what I hope to learn on the 14th.

I still believe that everyone has to make their own decision, insurance limitations not withstanding. Now I have to decide how to deal with several options for treating my toenail fungus.
 
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