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Hello, Everyone.

I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I am 43 years old. I have osteopenia in my spine, but osteoporosis in both hips. Does anyone else have it just in their hips? Does anyone know good exercises to build bone particularly in the hips? The doctor wants me to treat it aggressively and go on Forteo, but I'm not sure if that's the best way to go, particularly since I've read that Forteo builds bone in the spine, but is has little effects on BMD in the hips.

Aside from the black box warning and side effects of Forteo, I would also have to have a plan for after Forteo. I would have to go on a biphosphenate after the 2 years of treatment and it seems many/most have blood clots as a possible side effect. I know Evista does in the deep veins, but I thought most others did as well. The doc tells me no, just Evista. Does anyone know which is true? It's hugely important since I have a family history of fatal blood clots.

I have been reading on here about strontium, EZORB and vitamin K2, but don't know enough about any of them yet to know if I should try any of them. I am very concerned about having osteo in my hips and all that could entail. It is imperative to strengthen my bones before menopause, but I am not sure what to do. I have 3 young children to keep up with, my youngest being 5, so I cannot have old lady bones or have to be careful about everything I do.

I would like to hear any advice on exercise, supplements, drugs, etc., that anyone wants to offer, and I'd also like to know if anyone else has osteo just in their hips. From what I've read, it seems most people tend to have lower scores in their spine than their hips, not vice versa like me.

Thank you!
Thanks for the help! Where do you get strontium? I've not heard of that, the EZORB, or the K2 before finding this board, so have no clue on any of them. I don't plan to do Forteo for now. I'm not at all convinced about it, plus I can't take the chance of side effects for myself with my son needing me so much right now. He's been very ill this week, likely as a reaction to the medication, so we are starting him on a new one tomorrow. Here's hoping this one is better and we can get him back to school so I can find some time for myself to start exercising!
Thanks so much for the info. Legallyblondied, did the doc have any idea why/how you could have such bad hips and such a great spine? It just seems unusual to me. I will try the strontium, thank you, had no idea where to buy it. Any side effects to watch for?

I am so busy with my son's newly diagnosed Crohn's and all that entails I have little time to research my own stuff right now. I will look into ordering the strontium. I was wondering if anyone knows where to get reliable K2 that was mentioned on here, as well as EZORB, and is it okay to take all 3 at the same time. Any side effects with any of them? I can't afford to have anything mess me up with my son needing me so much right now. PMS is bad enough these days!

Thank you!

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