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Re: Any Advice?
Feb 20, 2004
[QUOTE=crazylady1]:wave: Dear [Report Bad Post] [Post #7] 02-21-2004, 05:54 AM
Dear [Report Bad Post] [Post #7] 02-21-2004, 05:54 AM
:wave: Dear daphnesmom I don't know how you found this, after all this time, but thank you very much, for your reply. As you can see, I messed up right off the bat, but I think I just may get the hang of this yet. lol I am sorry if I miss lead you, I had my second bone denisty test, in 2003. So I well have to wait another year, for my next test. I have stopped taking Fosomax and I just started taking Actonel, once a week. The pill that the doctor took me off of, was Celebrex. I took it for the osteoarthritis I have, and it helped some. It was kind of funny, the Kidney doctor asked me if it helped the osteoarthritis and I said yes, and then he tells me I can't take it. lol Our son got us a tread mill, that I am going to try and increase my time on, each day. Right now I am really in bad shape as far as exercising. The PT was just to painful. daphnesmon I have heard about Forteo, but have forgotten what I heard. Do you take it? I am also going to look for your posts. And of course I am taking Caltrate with vitamin D and minerals. I am going to stop now, in case you are waiting for a reply. God Bless, Crazylady[/QUOTE]


I have lots of interest in osteo ....I am not osteo.....but I work with lots of people that do. I have read so many threads, I do not recall all the aspects of your specific case other than you were pretty sever osteo? forgive me if I am wrong.

Forteo (PTH) is an injectible med that is a bone builder....it works different than Actonel, Fosamax, Evista in that it builds bone instead of slowing down bone loss and letting the body build bone to catch up. There were some concerns with its safety, but most people understand the watchouts with using it. THe good things about it: great at building bone mass at a rate higher than the other drugs and has proven fracture reduction in 2 years.

Now the bad: it is a daily injectible.....a "pen" you keep in the refrig and inject yourself every day. It cost about 300 dollars a month vs 70ish for Actonel or Fosamax.......and they only have data on patients usining it for 19 months that i am aware of. Actonel has followed patients for 7 years, Fosamax for 10 years. THe Forteo bmd builds are impressive, it has abou tthe same fracture reduction as does Actonel........

Forteo should be considered for severe osteo patients to try and make up some ground quickly. Most people will take it a year or two, then move to Actonel or Fosamax. Just make sure you talk with your doctor and ask him why and make him explain why he wants to do something..........GOod luck.
Re: Any Advice?
Feb 21, 2004
:wave: [QUOTE=daphnesmom]I have lots of interest in osteo ....I am not osteo.....but I work with lots of people that do. I have read so many threads, I do not recall all the aspects of your specific case other than you were pretty sever osteo? forgive me if I am wrong.

Forteo (PTH) is an injectible med that is a bone builder....it works different than Actonel, Fosamax, Evista in that it builds bone instead of slowing down bone loss and letting the body build bone to catch up. There were some concerns with its safety, but most people understand the watchouts with using it. THe good things about it: great at building bone mass at a rate higher than the other drugs and has proven fracture reduction in 2 years.

Now the bad: it is a daily injectible.....a "pen" you keep in the refrig and inject yourself every day. It cost about 300 dollars a month vs 70ish for Actonel or Fosamax.......and they only have data on patients usining it for 19 months that i am aware of. Actonel has followed patients for 7 years, Fosamax for 10 years. THe Forteo bmd builds are impressive, it has abou tthe same fracture reduction as does Actonel........

Forteo should be considered for severe osteo patients to try and make up some ground quickly. Most people will take it a year or two, then move to Actonel or Fosamax. Just make sure you talk with your doctor and ask him why and make him explain why he wants to do something..........GOod luck.[/QUOTE]
Dear Daphnesmon know you got it right, I am just below, where I was, on my first bone denisty test. I did go up and read a couple of posts, on the Forteo, following: Adverse events associated with the use of Forteo (teriparatide) may include (but are not limited to) the following:


Pain
Headache
Asthenia
Neck pain
Hypertension
Angina pectoris
Syncope
Nausea
Constipation
Dizziness
Depression
Insomnia
Vertigo
these drugs are so scary ..the cure can be as bad as the disease
And I would not want to take it myself. But even if I did, Mede-cal would never approve it. I think it is wonderful that you read and try and find out, what you can on Osteoporosis. Here is a following of some of my medical problem, not all but the main ones. LUMBAR SPINE, FIVER VIEWS. There is an L1 compression with anterior wedging of the upper endplates and anterior body, which is stable and unchanged from previous study of 15, January 2000. Vertebral body height, disk space, alignment, pedicles, transverse and spinous processes are other wise intact. Reservation: Patient appears to be some what demineralized and the transverse processes are seen in a some what limited fashion secondarily. The oblique views show severe degenerative facet joint narrowing and sclerosis at the L5-S1 level bilaterally and to only slightly lesser extent at the L4-5 level on the right and even more severe at the L4-5 level on the left. IMPRESSION: Degenerative facet joint disease of fairly striking degree at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels. Old stable compression of the anterior superior aspect of the l1 body. This report was done on 9/5/02 BONE DENSITOMETRY, 4/18/O1: DEXA scanning of the lumbar spine from L1 to L3 reveals a bone mineral density of 0.670 g/cm2. This is 4.2 standard deviations (SD) below young adult p0eak bone mass (Tvalue) and 2.8 standard deviations (SD) below age-matched normal (Zvalue). DEXA scanning of the left hip reveals a femoral neck bone mineral density of 0.522 g/cm2. This is 3.8 standard deviations (SD) below young adult peak bone mass (Tvalue and 2.7 standard deviations (SD) below age-matched normal (Z You know what is really aggravating? I have had low back pain for years, I had to have a cast put on my foot, almost twenty years ago, and when I got my hospital records, it said that I had Osteopena, sorry I know that I didn't spell that one right. Any way, I was never told about it, so that I could start taking precautions, before it got as bad as it is. I even had x-rays of my back taken, when I crushed my vertebrae in the late eighties. Know one caught any of it. Oh well, such is life, there is no use crying over spilt milk. I am really lucky, and blessed, to what some people have to go through. God Bless, Faith





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