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Prolia treatment for osteoporosis

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Hi Lee…..I think clinicians want the dental checks because of the jaw issues. I can remember just wanting all my teeth pulled.

And my Mom……that was a different era……she was not offered any therapy or medication for her depression. She was about 85 then and a resident in a Quaker facility. She had breast cancer that had metastisized and my Dad had recently passed after way too many falls and concussions from Alzheimer's. She was moved from an independent living situation to a shared room in a skilled nursing facility. Life seems to be much more difficult when you are either in bed or in a wheelchair all day long.

I am glad to see that the elderly are being recognized a bit more humanely and their needs are being met in more humane ways. I was living in Hawaii for several years and finally moved back to CA (Idyllwild) so my daughter didn't have to be responsible for her all of the time because of my absence.

Your depression of 2 years ended up with an inability to function. How were you cared for and treated so that you came out the other side?

May you be content and at ease.

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Hi Chris, during those 2 years of deep depression (I was 56 years old). Did not want to live any more because I felt my osteo and diabetes (at the same time I found out about my -3.3 t number and that I was pre diabetes). My doctor told me that he knew how to take care of diabetes but not osteo. I was in bed most of the time except the time I had to teach classes (I teach at two schools at that time). My mind was 100% on my health problems. So it was 15 years ago. I was on anti depressant and it helped me. But I was still thinking about my problem all the time. I lost 25 pounds because I did not dare eat food for fear my blood sugar would go up. But I must say I am more afraid of osteo problem. I was so terrified to have bone scan because I was afraid if the number was bad then I would go into deep depression again so I did not do scan since 2007 until 3 months ago when I saw my number -3.7 and went to see 2 endo doctors who told me different stories. One at the university hospital told me zero patients had any problems (that is over 1000 patients) and that all bad stuff on the internet was not true. While the other doctor told me yes about half of the patients dropped out of taking prolia. The one at the university told me if I break my hip now I would not be able to have hip replacement because the bone is too weak for the replacement and that surgeon would send me to him to take care of the osteo problem first. To me this means surgeon just throw a hot potato to endo. The other endo told me on Prolia I might be able to improve .1 each year so after 4 years my number would be -3.3 which still means high risk for hip fractures. So I asked if the improvement is worth the risk of taking Prolia and he said just take the prolia. As you can see I just don't know what to do.