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Good Afternoon:

I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis - although, frankly I'm a little leery of the diagnosis.

I tripped and dislocated and broke my right shoulder in 2005 (and tore my rotator cuff). On New Years Eve 2007, I bent down to wipe up a spill in front of my sink, slipped and broke my left shoulder (compression facture). The fall irritated my back - 3 lower disks are bulged, scarred, and dessicated. (In addition I have degenerative disks in my neck). I saw a doc for my back and asked if I was a candidate for a DEXA scan. He recommended I do so.

Quick family history - my tiny mom had osteoporosis, but was a heavy smoker. My itty-bitty sister has osteoporosis but also has Graves disease and (despite knowing better) is a smoker. History of very fragile bones as well. I'm 49, premenopausal, diagnosed a number of years ago with fibromyalgia, former smoker, and a "bit" heavier.

My T- and Z-scores are normal. My Vitamin D (range of 35 - 100) was 10.2. The NTx (5 - 65) was 173 - but expected due to the 2-1/2 month old fracture. The doctor diagnosed clinical osteoporosis and started me on the 2 year regimen of Forteo; once a week, 3 months of 50,000 IUs Vitamin D (with blood test in 3 months); and 1200 mg of calcium daily.

With only a month of Forteo under my belt, I've had really no problems with the injections - other than a few bruises - although I almost immediately developed a belly; have since switched to thigh. I have however developed SERIOUS fatigue and aches. It's as though my fibro is flaring. I'm napping for hours every day and slept until 11:30 am on Saturday - and then took a 4 hour "nap" at 4:00. I'm also extremely weak. Today I woke up with a ferocious sore throat. No fever, no post-nasal drip, have gargled, taken a Claritin in case it's springtime related - no let up in pain. So bad, I opted not to go to work.

Not only am I concerned that the Forteo may be causing these symptoms I'm not entirely certain I'm a candidate.

Have many of you using Forteo had similar problems? Do they lessen or abate? I can't imagine (nor do I think I could make it) feeling this bad for the length of the treatment.

I apologize for the lengthy post. I hope to hear some good advice.



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