Hi Trish. I second yalinda's welcome. I have not previously replied to your post because I don't have Osteoporosis, nor do I really know much about it. I think you ask some very good questions, though. Have you asked your doctor what the ramifications are for not taking the medications? I know that for all of these AI type diseases (osteoporosis is not an AI disease, is it?), it's always a careful balancing act between receiving tx and remaining healthy. Tx can be worse than the disease. I have heard that some forms of osteopososis are not progressive, but I don't know if this is true. Best of luck in seeking your answers--again, I think your doctor is the best source.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan