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DRUG THERAPIES FOR HEALTHY BONES: FRANCES

I took estrogen for twenty years, but had to stop after I developed a serious blood clot. After that, the trouble started. I broke bones a few times from doing nothing in particular. I kept cracking vertebrae, and was in excruciating pain. I was crippled from it. I could hardly walk. I know I would have been in a wheelchair by now if I hadn’t found a way to make improvement.
A bone scan confirmed I had severe osteoporosis, and my doctor recommended Fosamax. A year later, a scan showed I had 5 percent improvement. The doctor was pleased, but I thought the process was very slow. So the doctor started me on Miacalcin nasal spray, too, and in another year I gained another 6 percent. The improvements were in my hack and hip.
I take 1,000-1,200 mg of calcium a day, and I try to get as much calcium in my diet as I can. I haven’t had any more breaks since I started on the prescriptions, and though I still need my pain medication when I go out, I don’t use it as constantly as I used to.
I am so much better than I was three years ago. I feel better. Going up and down stairs is still hard because I have arthritis in my hip—j am over 80, you know—but I get around and do things around the house just fine. I’m going out and having a bit of fun, rather than just sitting in my house.
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