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I'm asking this for my mom......She's almost 71 years old. She has been told she has the very beginnings of Osteopenia. She was prescribed Fosamax and is experiencing terrible shoulder and neck pain. I know the side effects are supposed to wear off but she has been on it for quite some time now with no improvement. She wants to go off of it because of this and because she is scared of the long term effects of the medicine (and because she has to pay full price for it for herself and my Dad-expensive). She is in really good shape for her age and she walks a lot outside when the weather is nice. She just recently started lifting light weights. Does Osteopenia always progress to Osteoporosis? If she goes off the Fosamax what is the best supplement to take that will absorb the most calcium?
[QUOTE=Mom22greatkids]I'm asking this for my mom......She's almost 71 years old. She has been told she has the very beginnings of Osteopenia. She was prescribed Fosamax and is experiencing terrible shoulder and neck pain. I know the side effects are supposed to wear off but she has been on it for quite some time now with no improvement. She wants to go off of it because of this and because she is scared of the long term effects of the medicine (and because she has to pay full price for it for herself and my Dad-expensive). She is in really good shape for her age and she walks a lot outside when the weather is nice. She just recently started lifting light weights. Does Osteopenia always progress to Osteoporosis? If she goes off the Fosamax what is the best supplement to take that will absorb the most calcium?[/QUOTE]
71 years old and just beginning to get osteopenia is not such a bad thing! I wish I were in her shoes. Of course, everyone must decide the best course for themselves, but if it were me, I would go off the Fosamax, take liquid calcium/magnesium/vitamin D (I like Innovative Natural which is very absorbable) and Vitamin K and continue walking regularly and lifting weights. Obviously she is doing something right already. Why not just adjust a bit (as I suggested above) and be free of the toxic and expensive medicine? I have been doing this with good results so I know that it is possible.

Peregrine
your mom's bones are doing great if she is just entering ostopenia at 71 - she either has great genes, or has been doings lots of good things for herself for a while.

I am going to assume that your mom had a full body dxa scan to be diagnosied and she was -1.5 to -2 in the test....

She should do the calcium and vit d and walk and lift weights....that would be great. I do not think she is at great risk to stop the Fosamax at this time, but she should have a follow up scan in a year or so...unfortunatly, medicare will only pay for one every 21 months.

Another option might be that she break her pills and half and take a half dose each week - that would make it more affordable and might relieve the pains she is complaining of. If you were going to continue taking a drug, I would ask the doc to switch her from Fosamax to Actonel. There are times when one causes pains that the other will not. I actually hear more about the pain relief they often provide. We took a patient off her Actonel becasue the patient was having some major surgury in the next few weeks and it was not important that she be on it for a few weeks. The proceeder was delayed and after about three weeks, she started having lots of bone and joint pain appearing.

I would agree with stopping the drug if your mom was younger, but the truth is that a 51 year old penic patient will fracture at a much lower rate than a 71 year old penic patient. It might just be the extra protection she needs.

Good luck to your mom.
Mom22greatkids, I hope you inherited your Mother's bones! I'm sorry the med is causeing her pain but very happy to hear of a 71 yr old with so little bone loss. My own mother is 76 and has had the "hump" of the bent spine for probably 15 years already.

I've taken Fosamax 70mg only 6 times so far myself and it WAS painful, especially in the muscles under my shoulder blades the first couple times.. But it DOES get better and I'm getting much, much less pain now. I intend to take it faithfully, I don't want a back like my mother's.

A bit off topic.. but, daphnesmom, I'd like to welcome you to this board.





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