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07 December 2010

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Maxine Cook

Sue....Have them check your vitamin D3 level. You need to have a blood 25OHD test done. The level must be above 35 which is the minimum level for your body to be able to absorb the calcium you are ingesting. (You should be supplementing with 1200 mg of calcium daily....count your calcium sources to make sure you are getting enough). Hopefully your vit D level is above 50 and is preferably as high as 80-100. I am betting you are vitamin D deficient and will need some serious supplementation (prescription strength) to boost it into the therapeutic range. Calcium cannot be absorbed without the presence of vit D. Let me know if I'm right....Max

Sue Katz

No, Max, I believe she said my Vit D tests were stellar, but I'll check (they're listed online I bbelieve). Thanks - I knew you'd have something intelligent to say about it! And while we're talking, what's your take on Fosomax?

Mike Evans

Sue,

I'd also refer you to a book I read aeons ago buy the nutty Adelle Davis. She may have been a proponent of supplementation for everything. However she made the point that for proper absorption you should have the calcium and vitamin D in your stomach at the same time. She then made the point that natural milk comes with levels of vit D that will satisfy this condition. However, often by the time the milk gets to us the vitamin D has been destroyed by light or heat or age. What I took from this was that it's probably a good plan to take your cod liver oil capsule at the same time as your milk. When I did my teacher training with the YMCA they taught that bone density is improved by exercise that pulls on the bones, stressing them slightly. I'm sure you know all about that, and my solution to that: dance on babe!

Maxine Cook

For 20 years before I retired 2 years ago, I worked with Dr. Barbara Campbell, an ortho surgeon who specializes in bone mineral density, bone densitometry reading and dx/tx of osteoporosis and other bone demineralizing diseases. I still work with her on her ongoing writing projects. She is on the Education and Communications Committees of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, the women orthopod's sub-society of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She has taught, written and spoken on these subjects to orthopods & family practitioners for years.

Fosamax was the first bisphosphonate approved for use in osteoporosis and had to be taken every morning. If you took it for 2 years, you could go off it for a couple of years and still enjoy the effects of the bone rebuilding action. There are newer and possibly better meds on the market today, even some with different delivery systems such as IV delivery once or twice yearly. If one is sensitive to the oral route (GI upset), there are other choices. Some of the oral meds are more irritating than others to the esophagus/stomach. Also, depending on the severity of demineralization, there may be better drug options. If you were recommended to take Fosamax by your doctor, there may be a better choice for you, considering your ongoing dental procedures. I will ask her opinion this week on a better/different treatment for you and let you know.

I'm not sure that your vit D levels are 'stellar'. I'd like to know your numbers. Unless you spend a lot of time year-round in the sun, and/or eat a lot of foods containing absorbable D, and/or take supplements, I'm betting you are like 90% of those living in northern latitudes and are low. Find out your level and let me know.

Rita@Goldivas

Sue,

I refuse to take Fosamax or any other "bone-building" drug. I think it's a scam. Considering the scandals involving drug companies pushing unsafe but profitable drugs, it seems like the prudent thing to do. Here is a good book book that lists some other supplements that are beneficial - http://www.goldivas.com/articles/article.aspx?id=57

Sue Katz

By goodness, I'm not surprised, but how very erudite you all are. I have been taking calcium and Vit D for years (instead of Fosomax) and I will check what my Vit D level is, but she just looked at it and both my GP and the endocrinologist said it was excellent. There are a lot of smart suggestions and explanations from all of you and I'll certainly check out these various links. Thanks so much for being smart and for giving a shit.

eleanor

i took myself off fosomax when i needed dental surgery and heard about necrosis. no thanks, i do, whenever i remember, take calcium and D3 and Vitamin K2. my pcp told me that recent studies suggest that taking fosomax does not make a significant difference in terms of osteoporosis. the best one can do is take supplements, exercise and eat well.

Sue Katz

Eleanor, I know that you're like me - very demanding money-sucking teeth. That was my first reason for quitting Fosomax, but all the subsequent scare stories just add to it. I just wish the Calcium pills weren't as big as a jumbo hot-dog but harder to swallow.

Joan Price

I took Fosomax for about 10 years, although you're right that you're supposed to take it for 5 only. My doctor discussed the risks/benefits and the benefits outweighed the risks in my case.

Even with the drug and my exercise habits, I shattered my shoulder badly in a simple fall last summer -- a real wake-up call about how fragile my bones are. It was painful, horrible, and scary. What if, instead of reaching out my arm to break my fall, I had broken hip or spine?

I feel so young in mind and spirit that it's an affront that my body keeps reminding me that it's 67 years old and fragile.

Sue Katz

That's so horrible, Joan, it must have been a nightmare. But this seems like further evidence that Fosomax does not necessarily prevent fractures at all.

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