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straydog
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   Posted 9/26/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning everyone, its a dreary cool day in Texas but I will take it over the 100 plus degree weather we have been having, lol. Its just the dampness makes the bones hurt.
 
This is a bit off the topic but something I want to put out here for the people that have osteoporosis. Several weeks ago my PM dr asked me about the medication I am on for osteoporosis and I told her what it was. She asked me to bring in a copy of my Bone Density test. She was telling me there is only one drug for osteopororis that is FDA approved that will rebuild bone mass. I told her I knew what I was using would not cure it or anything along those lines, the hope is it will slow down the progression. The name of the medication is Forteo and you inject this daily for two years. Sounds like a real pain (no pun intended) I know but, if it will rebuild bone mass then I am all for it. I got a call from Forteo that my insurance approved me. I should be getting it in the mail sometime next week. Without a script card I could not afford it. I understand it is something like $1,000 a month. I am a short person already, and have lost two inches in height making me a whopping five foot tall. I really do not want to get any shorter so I feel it worth me giving it a try. That and the fact I do have it through out the entire spine and I am also at risk for faling. I have developed a natural talent for tumbling. If anyone is interested in this medication their website is Forteo.com and you can read up on it.
 
Hope everyone has whats left of a good weekend. I am off to a soccer game in about an hour.
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   Posted 9/26/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Congradulations on finding something to help. My grandmother suffered from it. She was a tiny woman to begin with and it made her smaller.
Joy

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   Posted 9/26/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Straydog/Susie
Sounds like your doing the best you can, Thanks for keep us informed
on this as it is very important, getting good amounts of Vitamin D also
are hard. I wish you good luck on the next 2 yrs of this med and I
hope it helps...Thanks for keeping us up to date on you...
we care about you...
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straydog
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   Posted 9/26/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Char, I take 10,000 units of vit. D per week. By the way I saw a post of yours something about drs wanting you on Methotrexate. Why do they want to start you on that? I just hope this Forteo will be something I can tolerate, as I do have a lot of problems with tolerating meds. I should be getting it delivered sometime next week.
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   Posted 9/27/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
 
   Oh my! That is big news! I cannot thank you enough for sharing this!
This could really help out a lot.
 
*warm hugg*
        dani

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   Posted 9/28/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hey Susie , I'm happy for you kid , your a great lady and I hope that new med helps you a whole lot . Its wonderful of you to share it too , your a true Goddess ! To this guy you are 5' 10''  and don't need heels , your a great gal !! Your Friend Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Staples out , saw the surgeon he says I'm healing really well , I go back in 2 months . Until then its physical therapy galore !!

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   Posted 9/29/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Osteoporosis can be a very wicked and disabling disease. It can be anything from mild to severe. Some folks get it so bad that their bones fracture and break so easily making every day living a real challenge. My son-in-law's aunt is one of these people and I have seen some of the misery she has lived with because of osteoporosis. When my dr was telling me about it the first person I thought of was her. However, after I got home and started reading about it, apparently if a person has ever had cancer they cannot take the drug and she is a cancer survivor. That really saddened me.

Anytime I read or hear about a new drug that can possibly help someone I always like to bring it to the forum to share. You never know it may help that person , a family member or even a friend of theirs.
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