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I strongly believe that ''bone mineral density'' is definitely NOT the be-all and end-all of bone strength. DEXA scans scan for ''density'', NOT strength! I also suspect (but of course, cannot prove), that the drug manufacturing companies are ''somehow'' connected to the DEXA machines themselves. As you mentioned yourself in your post, you've HAD NO FRACTURES!!!! I personally know people who have fractured, but who DIDN'T have osteoporosis, or even osteopenia!

A great book to read is ''The Myth of Osteoporosis'' by Gillian Sanson.

I'd steer well clear of the Reclast, if I were you. You might perhaps consider Strontium Citrate (available for purchase on-line), and also in health-food stores (although not in every state). You're doctor probably won't be familar with it, but that shouldn't deter you. You can see many posts here from people who use it.

I personally am using a combination of calcium citrate, vit. d and magnesium. I'm not particularly worried about my osteo, -2.5 in hip, and -2.2 in spine. I have also decided not to do any more DEXA scans. I walk daily, watch my diet, and lift small weights.

These are just my personal thoughts, but I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do.

Monte:)
Hi Spongebones: I'm so sorry you didn't get better results with your dxa. That must be a killer hearing that, like Osteo and Taape had to. Below is a very easy to read article on Reclast (Zolendronic Acid). I don't have any experience with it and as you know it is a bisphos, so you will have to do some thinking on this.

Do you have any heart problems? In the article it mentions that Reclast can aggravate atrial fibrillation and cause strokes. I read and reread the section on adverse events on this, but they list the number of the placebo group and the Reclast group as only 1 or 2 points different for having a stroke. So if almost the same number of people not taking Reclast had a stroke compared to those taking it, I don't know what to make of that, except that the drug doesn't sound like it causes it if the numbers are almost the same. When you get to the Adverse events section click on the PowerPoint or if you don't have that click on the additional listing on adverse events and it will open a new window giving all the info, pay particular attention to the numbers between the 2 groups, those taking it and those not taking it.

[url]http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/356/18/1809[/url]

Don't forget that t-scores do not predict fracturability alone. You could have very strong bones but a low t-score. Have you tried the FRAX tool from the WHO? That might give you a better idea of the percentages of the possibility of frax in your case.

Remember we've all talked to those with pretty good t-scores who frax, and those with low numbers that don't so please don't pin all your hope on just the t-score. We've all heard the stories of the people who do all the wrong things and don't frax and those who do all the right and do frax, so it goes both ways these tests are not written in stone, they're just all we have at the moment.

Here's the Frax Tool if you haven't tried it. It will give you your 10 year probability of frax. The Drs are suppose to be using this tool now in their offices because it gives more info besides the dxa, which is starting to fall in the ratings so to speak, according to [U]some[/U].

FRAX Tool: [url]http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/index.htm[/url]

enter the pertinent info and see what you come up with you might be surprised. You need to have your femoral neck score for this one.

Good Luck...:angel::angel:





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