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Thanks, phyllis and chescat, for your responses.

Phyllis: You are thinking like me about what earlier generations had in terms of bone-building advantages. My mother never learned to drive, and always managed to find ways to get around using her own two feet. When my kids were little, and she was in her 70's, she chased them and carried them and pushed them up and down hills in their strollers. She carried her bags of groceries back from the store and refused offers of a ride. She was a lifelong milk drinker, ate healthy, and never relied on medication for anything much until her late eighties, and that includes post-hysterectomy (like me, she lost her ovaries in her forties, though unlike me, she did not have estrogen after). Although her osteoporosis hit her hard after she started to decline, I can't help thinking that her bones, at my age, must have been much stronger than mine have become, though who knows--maybe some of us with osteoporosis can just go for a long time without serious symptoms. My goal at this point is to try to un-do some of the damage done from maybe a bit too easy of a life--too much time riding in a car, and, frankly, sitting in front of a computer! You mention doing balance exercises--and yes, I am coming to believe this is so important, too. I have appreciated reading the recent posts on the unipedal standing thread, and I'm trying to include some of these exercises in my routine. Also, I just got a book from the library called "Walk Tall, an exercise program for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis" by a PT, Sara Meeks--wonderful, easy exercises that don't hurt--for me that is a real bonus. My recent experience with a personal trainer left me sore and a little confused--I need to work up to being able to do exercise at this level.

Chescat: Your success is inspiring. I had not heard of some of the things you mention as part of your routine and I will check them out. I'm wary of most drugs, too, but I know that for some people they are a godsend and can make a very positive difference. For others they can become a nightmare. I seem to generally fall into the second category, so I'm doing all I can right now to see if I can stop the bone-loss slide using alternatives, including improving my diet where possible, starting an exercise regimen devoted to bone-building and balance, and starting vibration therapy. I just got a juvent machine. It's a very relaxing way to spend 20 minutes, and it makes me feel good, too--and I'm hoping that it will persuade my old osteoblasts to lay down some new bone--won't know for probably about a year, with my next DXA, but the research seems to suggest that with good compliance, it is effective, hopefully as effective as the bisphosphonates. When I stand up tall, with my knees straight, I can feel this slight vibration right up into my head. This makes me think that my bones are getting some good signals to wake up and get stronger. The machine adjusts to your particular body make-up, so that the vibration you get is just the right frequency to resonate in your bones, and to stimulate particular muscle fibers that help with balance--or at least that's the way I understand it. I wonder if maybe that's why it feels good. It took a little getting used to the first day or two, but now I really like it.

I'm feeling so much more positive than I was a couple of weeks ago--there seem to be many promising approaches to try. I've appreciated reading about everybody's experiences here. And I'm confident that, even if the initial efforts I'm making don't completely reverse the slide, I must be doing some good for myself, and there will still be plenty of other paths to explore.

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