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My Dr.has prescribed Fosamax but I am scared to start taking it. I'm hoping to hear both good and bad experiences to help me make up my mind. Thanks!
w/out my mother - never again- we don't get a complete explanation for why something is being prescribed) She has never had a need to take ANY medication with regularity aside from something such as Fosamax. Since beginning to take these medications, she has become confused, drowsy, forgetful and is on occassion beginning to not be able to remember her own address or phone number.
Patricia, I'd like to suggest the website "Save Our Bones" - it provides information about bone health and alternatives to using the bisphosphonate drugs which are coming under greater scrutiny now that they've been on the market for 10+ years. Barb (comment above) has been able to increase her bone density through calcium & magnesium supplements. Vitamin D is also very important and weight bearing exercise too. Increasing your consumption of alkaline foods is a big plus.
Have been looking for schizandra.....read that it is very good for liver function. I started taking 1000mg milk thistle, 1200mg fish oil, 1000mg Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg, Caltrate 500+D...2 to 3 times daily, plus a multi vitamin and a prescribed "Fosamax"..one a week. I started the Fosamax about one month ago. I read that tx can cause bone loss...which I have (tx may have exacerbated this condition ???) ...so after my bone scan, my doc prescribed the fosamax.
I was diagnosed with a 2.5 cm tumor with calcification totally 4.5cm.in July 2008. Stage 2A/grade 2 with LVI-lymphatic vascular invasion. Estrogen and progesterone positive. If anyone can tell me something about Arimidex and the above side effects and osteopenia and whether or not I need to start a bisphosphonates please let me know.
I see the neurosurgeon next week, the 20th of April to see if I qualify for Surgery and what possible alternatives there are at this point.Not only does my lumbar area hurt, but my left and right hip , thigh and mid calf hurt, esp on the left and it is worse in morning and after sleeping. Also my left knee is swollen and hurts for the past year. Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect at my appt?
What are alternatives people have done with success? Seems to me that if this stuff squeezing my sping got there, its because something in my body's not working right, or I'm not getting right food for me or something...Like if it got there, there MUST be a way to get it to be taken from the body too. I'm 56 and after reading the posts on this surgery I'm inclined to say FORGET this. I think my doc says it's "no big deal" because he doesn't have to have the pain thats left.
If that's not to your liking, biopsy alternatives exist. One is LabCorp's Fibrosure blood test (http://www.labcorp.com/). Not quite as accurate as a biopsy, but less invasive so you can have it taken more often. Thanks for sharing your experiences and hope you stick around. I agree these drugs have their limitations and dangers, but a lot of us have advanced liver damage, and our options are limited.
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