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My Osteoporosis is leading to Broken Bones

Posted by @susandockter, Jul 21, 2016

Hi everyone. I haven’t posted very much lately because I have been healing from a shattered ankle!

I broke it in March, and had surgury and harware put in on both sides. 8 weeks later I am finally walking wihout an assisted device, and it will take another 4 months to get my foot back to almost normal. I found out last weekend that my Dr. was worried about my healing at all because of my Osteoporosis.

In the past two years I’ve put my back out twice, fractured a rib, fractured an elbow, and now my ankle. I don’t tell you this to complain, but to remind you how serious Osteoporosis really is. I am not 70, I am 50. I am not unhealthy, this is genetic. We only figured out the Osteoporosis because my Mom had it so badly, we decided to test at such a young age just in case.

So after loading up on calcium I was cleared to start Proleia in March. Didn’t get to take it until April because of my fall. It takes 3 years for the Proleia to reverse the Osteoporosis. I am praying I don’t break my hip before then.

Please Please Please take Osteoporosis seriously and find a way to fight it with everything you have. Exercise and medicine are both very important! Your ability to walk (and therfore your ability to live independently) is on the line!

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Hi @susandockter. Thanks for updating us on how your doing, though i’m sorry to hear it’s been such a rough few weeks. You are so right about osteoporosis and you offer a great reminder.

I’m tagging @caress, @gemma, @lesleighjarrett, @inspiration and @predictable who I think might like to hear this and join in the conversation.

What kind of exercises have you found helpful? I know a lot of people with osteoporosis shy away from exercise for fear of injury, so i’d love to hear what you are doing.

All I can do is some walking, thats all i do

Awwww, so so sorry to hear about the surgery and other health problems. I’m so afraid to start taking these meds because
of my bad stomach, don’t know which is worse, the heartburn or the problem with walking.

My Dr. Said if you have documented gastric issues your insurance company has to pay for a more expensive type of medicine for the Osteoporosis, such as Proleia. As far as he stomach goes, have you tried eating some kind of miselie or bran cereal that you can tolerate? That is, if your stomach is a gastric problem?

@kelseydm

Hi @susandockter. Thanks for updating us on how your doing, though i’m sorry to hear it’s been such a rough few weeks. You are so right about osteoporosis and you offer a great reminder.

I’m tagging @caress, @gemma, @lesleighjarrett, @inspiration and @predictable who I think might like to hear this and join in the conversation.

What kind of exercises have you found helpful? I know a lot of people with osteoporosis shy away from exercise for fear of injury, so i’d love to hear what you are doing.

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I walk at this point, mostly around the house. I’m up to 4K steps every 3 days or so. also strengthening and balancing exserises I got from my physical therapist. Also have been doing some light yoga at home. But only things that make sense.

I will try the miselie and bran cereal.

@kelseydm

Hi @susandockter. Thanks for updating us on how your doing, though i’m sorry to hear it’s been such a rough few weeks. You are so right about osteoporosis and you offer a great reminder.

I’m tagging @caress, @gemma, @lesleighjarrett, @inspiration and @predictable who I think might like to hear this and join in the conversation.

What kind of exercises have you found helpful? I know a lot of people with osteoporosis shy away from exercise for fear of injury, so i’d love to hear what you are doing.

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I’m very lucky to have a pool. I have found that deep water aerobics is a great cardio workout and I feel stronger since I’ve been doing it. It’s a 35 minute cd.

@kelseydm

Hi @susandockter. Thanks for updating us on how your doing, though i’m sorry to hear it’s been such a rough few weeks. You are so right about osteoporosis and you offer a great reminder.

I’m tagging @caress, @gemma, @lesleighjarrett, @inspiration and @predictable who I think might like to hear this and join in the conversation.

What kind of exercises have you found helpful? I know a lot of people with osteoporosis shy away from exercise for fear of injury, so i’d love to hear what you are doing.

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I wish I could do pool too, love swimming, but allergic to chlorine

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