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I just saw an endocrinologist today, Was given IV reclast 2 months after triple lumbar fusion, Rods, Screws, cage. I am 10 months out with no bone, no fusion, using bone growth stimulator, taking 50,000 units Vit D 3 times a week and high doses of calcium.

Forteo has just been recommended. I need bone badly, had osteopenia prior to surgery. Am concerned that I could be going from bad to worse with yet another drug, at least this one does not last one year. Has anyone taken Forteo after failure of fusion or bone growth???

I am also concerned re: side effects. I have not seen any one who has had major back surgery, failure of fusion or bone growth, or their response to Forteo. :)
[QUOTE=Flgram;4236730]I just saw an endocrinologist today, Was given IV reclast 2 months after triple lumbar fusion, Rods, Screws, cage. I am 10 months out with no bone, no fusion, using bone growth stimulator, taking 50,000 units Vit D 3 times a week and high doses of calcium.

Forteo has just been recommended. I need bone badly, had osteopenia prior to surgery. Am concerned that I could be going from bad to worse with yet another drug, at least this one does not last one year. Has anyone taken Forteo after failure of fusion or bone growth???

I am also concerned re: side effects. I have not seen any one who has had major back surgery, failure of fusion or bone growth, or their response to Forteo. :)[/QUOTE]

Hi:

Sorry to bother you with this question, but what does "Forteo" mean?

I am the wife of 40 year old man who suffers from failed back syndrome. I am just trying to educate myself with every aspect of this condition. --it is either this or loose my mind watching my husband suffer in pain. I choose to become part of the informed, cutting-edge, post failed laminectomy crowd. I am trying to find a surgeon to "re-do" the mess that is my husband's first fusion.

Best of luck to you. May your journey to a pain-free place, be quick and permanent!!

V from Connecticut





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