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Dec 21, 2016 · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi, I read an article about the benefits of Yoga on Osteoporosis. I thought it might be interesting to others: 12 Minutes of Yoga for Bone Health
By JANE E. BRODY http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/12-minutes-of-yoga-for-stronger-bones/?em_pos=small&emc=edit_hh_20161221&nl=well&nl_art=6&nlid=58074281&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

Dec 2, 2016 · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

so sorry for all the complications you have had to endure. I think the side effect many are concerned about is that many of the medications prescribed for osteoporosis make bones more brittle and can actually cause breakage in larger bones. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Nov 27, 2016 · Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello Wandering, I read your post and want you to know I am so sorry to hear about your battle with breast cancer. I know it is tough. I am glad your Xgeva is working for you! I am going to try the Soy isoflavones as it contains Genistein. Some studies have indicated this also builds bone but is not FDA approved yet. I can’t bring myself to use a medicine that is controversial. Many blessings to you! lanadee

Nov 25, 2016 · Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Colleen, while reading the info you suggested I did find something of interest. You are right. Everyone must decide for themselves as to whether or not the medication prescribed is right for them. I found, amongst the reading, information regarding a supplement that is not FDA approved as yet. That is what I may try. Genistein: An isoflavone phytoestrogen which is the main ingredient in the prescription “medical food” product Fosteum® and generally regarded as safe by the FDA. Genistein may benefit bone health in postmenopausal women but more data are needed to fully understand its effects on bone health and fracture risk.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Nov 25, 2016 · Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Colleen and jaleen they are all over. And as I mentioned before, I have two personal examples of very bad side effects. I realize there are lesser “side effects” but I don’t handle medicine well so I don’t plan to find out first hand.

This is from https://www.drugwatch.com/fosamax/side-effects/
Severe Side Effects
According to Merck, a defendant in litigation because of Fosamax, the more severe side effects include broken bones, jawbone deterioration, A probems, low blood calcium, and extreme bone and joint pain.

Femur Fractures
For those taking Fosamax, perhaps the most frustrating side effect is the drug’s propensity to cause fractures of what is one of the strongest bones in the body – the femur. These low-energy fractures, also called stress fractures, often happen when patients least expect it. Some patients reported breaking bones while they were doing normal, everyday tasks such as walking or sitting. Merck said the fractures usually come after weeks or months of groin or hip pain. Researchers are still trying to determine why Fosamax is linked to bone breaks, especially in patients taking the drug for five years or longer. Many scientists theorize the drug shuts down the body’s bone-renewing process and creates more brittle bones.

Dead Jaw Syndrome (Osteonecrosis)
Another alarming side effect of Fosamax is jaw osteonecrosis, also called Dead Jaw Syndrome. This happens when the blood flow to the jawbone, or mandible, is cut off and causes bone death. Usually onset following minor mouth trauma such as dental work, jaw necrosis (cell death) causes an antibiotic-resistant infection and swelling. The infection eventually takes over the tissue and causes bone to die and collapse.

Esophagus Problems
Some Fosamax patients develop irritation, inflammation and bleeding ulcers in the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. In addition, recent studies point to these problems leading to esophageal cancer. Those who have pre-existing known upper gastrointestinal problems, such as Barrett’s esophagus and dysphagia, should not take Fosamax. In some patients, Fosamax leads to esophageal erosion with bleeding and esophageal perforation. Because of these potentially dangerous side effects, Merck recommends that patients sit upright or stand for a full 30 minutes after taking the drug and take it with a full glass of water.

Low Blood Calcium
Also called hypocalcemia, low blood calcium levels can lead to hand and feet spasms, muscle cramps and abdominal cramps. Since bisphosphonates hinder the natural breakdown of bone, less calcium is deposited back into the blood stream. As the tissues and cells get robbed of calcium, patients can suffer from soft bones, nausea, fatigue and muscle weakness. This can also lead to spasmodic movements and seizures.

Musculoskeletal Pain
The FDA has also found that Fosamax patients can develop severe bone, muscle and joint pains within days of starting the drug. For some people, this pain stops almost immediately after discontinuing it. For others, it is ongoing. Even though it is well documented that Fosamax causes pain, some physicians are known to ignore this side effect, instead prescribing painkillers. The FDA has alerted medical professionals about this problem to ensure Fosamax-related pain won’t be overlooked.

Nov 23, 2016 · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi, I fell down the steps in the movie theatre. It was too dark. It is much better now but it took a really long time to heal. Which led me to getting a physical. And then the bone scan. I wish you the best!

Nov 23, 2016 · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I have Osteoporosis and 65 years old. I was told years ago I had osteopenia but then a Dr. told me I didn’t…so for years I did nothing about my bones. BIG mistake . But I will NOT take the bone medicine. One relative took Fosamax I believe, and broke her femur just walking into the kitchen. My druggist called me to see why I hadn’t refilled my prescription for the fosamax (I decided NOT to take any of it) because it is part of his job. When I told him I had no intentions of taking the medicine he said, “good for you” and told me that his mother developed cancer of the jaw and he believed it was as a result of the medicine. So…I try and add more calcium and vitamin D to my diet and try NOT to fall..don’t know what else I can do. I know exercise is important but I am recovering from a broken toe. Soon I HOPE!

Nov 23, 2016 · Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I am 65 years old and have Osteoporosis. I was told years ago I had osteopenia but then a Dr. told me I didn’t…so for years I did nothing about my bones. BIG mistake . But I will NOT take the bone medicine. One relative took Fosamax I believe, and broke her femur just walking into the kitchen. My druggist called me to see why I hadn’t refilled my prescription for the fosamax (I decided NOT to take any of it) because it is part of his job. When I told him I had no intentions of taking the medicine he said, “good for you” and told me that his mother developed cancer of the jaw and he believed it was as a result of the medicine. So…I try and add more calcium and vitamin D to my diet and try NOT to fall..don’t know what else I can do 🙁 I know exercise is important but I am recovering from a broken toe. Soon I HOPE!