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Newly diagnosed osteoporosis

GingerbeaneGGingerbeane Posts: 1
edited 07/26/2014 - 10:20 PM in Osteoporosis and Fractures
I am so frustrated, I am 68, 2 years ago I had a compression fracture
In my lower back, L-3, by the time I had my MRI it was 3 weeks later.
I had a bone density test., nothing said about osteoporosis. On June 10 this year I woke up
With excruciating pain middle back, the pain so bad I sometimes thought I would pass out.,went to the ER , well after
Waiting once again for MRI , it showed a blow out of my t-8, and my bone
Density test shower -2.6.....just into osteoporosis . My Nuero spine
Specialist showed me the MRI gave me fosomax to take. Ok wait a minute,I have been nauseous
For 3 weeks from pain , pain killers, now I take one fosomax and it made me sick....The ER did a ekg, showed a left bundle block,in my heart, ok, well its my spine that is killing me,,saw my husbands heart specialist next day, he said its your back not your heart, ok..the ER never even speculated it was my back.
So....I made an appt. with my doctor for follow up, did not take week 2 of fosomax....his first available appt. August 25th,now I decided I would go to
to a specialist EDIT for osteoporosis, its been a nitemare...
The shock of it all, pain , tests, diagnosis, see the specialist this Wed.
My question is how long before I will feel ok again in my back....anything I do with my arms of course effects my back muscles...
I get the burning thing in my rib cage....can't really carry my handbag, it is a bit heavy..
I don't like how just throw you on med's without giving you options...
I am doing daily stuff, shopping gets tiring...(grocery) Tire easily!!
Lifting anything upsets the back muscles....
Anyone have encouraging words? Did you jump right into fosomax or one of its sister med's.....?

Post edited to remove name of specific hospital. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,748

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • allisonaallison Posts: 1
    edited 09/04/2014 - 6:35 PM
    Hello, all. This is my first post on the forum. I was diagnosed as having progressed from "osteopenia" to osteoporosis about a month ago, with a T score of -3.0 in the spine. (Hip T score is -2.5, which I think means borderline "osteopenia"/osteoporosis.) (I've put "osteopenia" in quotation marks because I suspect it of being a pharmaceutically inspired diagnosed, aimed at selling more drugs.) The doctor wanted me to start on Reclast, since I have GERD and wouldn't be a good candidate for Fosomax. I've refused; I've read numerous articles about the mounting evidence of catastrophic side effects from all of the bisphosphonates and remain unconvinced that the cure (if it even is that; the jury seems to be out, still) is worse than the disease. The bisphosphonates have a half-life of up to 10 years, which means that simply stopping one of them due to a problem will not reverse it. That said, I'm apprehensive about what this diagnosis might mean for me. I just turned 64 and, I hope, have 20 or so years left. There seems to be little-to-no variation among medical practitioners: all appear to be pro-medication. I am in the Boston area; if anyone knows of a physician with osteoporosis expertise who does NOT have the knee-jerk mentality of prescribing medication, I'd be grateful if you would message me. I would even go out of state to meet with such a person.
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  • I feel for you ThisIsNewsToMe, it's such a scary feeling to be told you have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, this happened to me a year ago. However, this looks like a great forum, full of information for other people like us... I have just ordered the book mentioned by phylwill1152, thanks so much. And now I am going to read the back posts, I am so glad I found this forum!

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