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Hello everyone,

I am a newbe here. I am a female age 63, with osteoporosis. I have a T score of -3.6 of my Lumbar spine. My pcp send me to specialist who was shocked because I don't fit the profile of an Osteoporosis patient. I'm half American Indian and have dark hair and skin, My doc said this happens to thin white blonds, not dark women like me!

I am natually postmenopausal and don't take HRT. I am also lactose intolerant so I don't get a lot of calcium. In fact, I haven't even taken Calcium suppliments in a long time, and I am not on any medications for anything else.

I took monthly Boniva Tabs for almost a year after my fist Dexa Scan last year, but didn't have any improvement, so my doc tested me for Vit. D last month and it was 8, which is very low, and I have been on 50,000 units of Vit. D weekly since then.

Yesterday I saw the Endo Doc for the first time, and he started me on daily injections of Forteo while in his office. I took my second injection this morning and a short while later I got dizzy and felt nauseous. I had to lie down and rest for a while. Tomorrow, I am going to try taking the injection later in the morning after breakfast has settled and hope I don't feel so bad. If I do get sick, I plan to try waiting until bedtime before taking my injection on Friday. Maybe I can get to sleep before I have a chance to feel the dizziness and upset stomach! I actually felt like I was pregnant this morning!

I didn't have any problems injecting myself, but I used to work in a doctor's office and know how to give people injections...I just never had to inject myself before. I like the way the pen is prefilled, and the needles are so short, it makes it easier. If I can get over the dizziness and the nausea, and don't have too much trouble with bone pain (the doc said if I get it, it means the medication is working and I am building bone), I plan to stick to the 2 year program. My motivation is that my 82 year old Irish mother has Osteoporosis too (shes a small boned blond), and she has had so many compression fractures that she has a very curved spine and has lost at least 5 or 6 inches of height as well as having back and hip pain all the time. I want to avoid that if at all possible! Her doctor only gives her Calcium suppliments, and Evista. I guess he figures she takes too many pills as it is for various other ailments. She lives half way across the continent from me, so I don't get to talk to him and and ask questions.

If anyone has any suggestions for me I would apreciate it. I am not used to taking medications of any kind, not even aspirin so this is a whole new ball game for me.

Thanks, Loretta

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