Who breaks their bones very easily?

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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Well thanks to the lovely crohns complications I found out at three o'clock today that I have refractured my left leg by the ankle. (obviously this was not a compound fracture, but darn I am on fosamax) It hurt up to my thigh, but thought it was just really bad joint pain...LOL I been walking around on this for a couple days and felt no cripidation...

Does anyone else fracture easily?
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   Posted 2/21/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
MMMNavy, forgive my forgetfulness. Are you a male or a female? If female are you past child-bearing age? If you are past child-bearing age or are a male it would be worth your while to switch from Fosamax to Forteo.

Forteo is a once a day injection you give yourself that is part of a synthetic parathyroid hormone. I've had FANTASTIC results w/it the first 12 months I was on it. Even more improvement the second 12 months tho less dramatic and have opted to continue for a 3rd year on it tho at the present time it is only approved for 2 years of use.

There are many tricks to make the effectiveness of drugs sound impressive. If you take Fosamax you can be excused for thinking it lowers your risk of a hip fracture by 50 percent. That’s what the ads targeted to doctors claim. Fifty percent is a most impressive claim, which means that half the women taking it will benefit. One in two. Not bad, eh?

If you look closer at the actual study, you find that for women on placebo, two women out of a hundred had a hip fracture (two percent). In the women on Fosamax, one woman out of a hundred (one percent) had a hip fracture. In other words, you can lower your risk of hip fracture from two percent to one percent: an impressive 50 percent reduction? But 50 percent sounds impressive even though it is really only a one percent difference; that is, only one woman out of a hundred taking the drug saw any benefit. The company can promote this drug legally as being “significant” and “effective,” when, in fact, 99 percent of the women who took that drug had no effect whatsoever. They wasted their money, exposed themselves to the adverse effects of the drug and saw no benefit.

I refused to take the oral bisphosphonates due to their fairly common GI tract side effects and my Crohn's. My 1996 DEXA I had a T-score of -2.3 for the spine and T-score of -3.4 for the hip. by 2003 I had a spinal T-score of -3.2 and by 2005 it was -3.5 .

After 24 months on Forteo my last DEXA T-score for the spine was -2.2 and for my hip -2.7. During the time I've been on Forteo and for at least 6 months prior to starting Forteo I was on a scripted dose of 100,000 IU of vitamin D weekly, after a year or so on Forteo that dose was dropped to 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly which I'm still on. During all this time I've not taken ANY calcium supplement because even just 300 IU of calcium constipates me. I'm one of the minority of crohnies prone to constipation rather than diarrhea.

There is regular blood work required before and after starting Forteo but since I'm on Imuran w/blood draws every 3 months for that we've made it a point to coordinate the timing.
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   Posted 2/21/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
29 year old female
Thanks for the info
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   Posted 2/21/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
MMM...I actually have better than average DEXA scores and have only sprained things all my life. I just wanted to say I hope you repair quickly!
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   Posted 2/22/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm feeling your pain. I break my bones very easily, I've broken my ribs sneezing! But my bone density tests have improved each time I've had them done. I'm on a combo of Birth control pills, extra calcium and Rx Vit. D. It seems to be working. Cross your fingers and toes, I haven't broken anything in about 18 months.

I hope you heal quickly.

CrohnieToo, my doctor tested me for Forteo, but I didn't qualify. My levels of whatever were out of the acceptable range.

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Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 2/22/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I've recently started Boniva last month via my GP's suggestion after my last bone scan. His nurse called in my script and I haven't had a visit yet to find out my scores. Can anyone tell me the normal ranges so I will know how my therapy is/is not working for me? I think my bone density falling is due to the 2 years of prednisone I've been unable to get off. I'm now down to 5mg daily and reducing to 2.5mg tomorrow....WOOHOO! I'm 46, peri-menopausal and have yet to have a broken bone. I have had a shoulder adhesion and every joint I have pops & cracks. Also, have had connective tissue problems in the rib cage occasionally. I've been tested for RA and it was negative. My calcium counts are usually on the high side?! Weird since I'm lactose intolerant. Anyway...can't help but feel I'm headed down the wrong road of bone health here and any advice would be nice! I do take a multivitamin, B12 monthly injections, glucosomine daily. Haven't noticed any symptoms of Vit D deficency yet.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 2/23/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
When my father had cancer (before he died), he was on 15mg of prednisone for a year. It greatly reduced his bone density, so much so that he had be careful just sitting down on the couch. MMMNAVY didn't say if she was on prednisone, but some of the other posters here definitely are. So yes, prednisone can really induce bone fractures whether you're male or female. I'm not sure if 6MP, Entocort, Imuran, etc, will do that, but it seems possible after a long period of use. Unfortunately, many of the steroids and immuno-suppressive drugs prescribed for Crohn's carries risks.
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Post Edited (ozonehole) : 2/23/2008 11:36:08 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/24/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on and off prednisone for the past two years and was recently diagnosed find out I have osteopenia in my spine (I was fine before taking the prednisone). I am a 26 y/o female. Drink lots of milk!
Battling w/ CD for 2 years...
Osteopenia in the spine caused by prednisone
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