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Wed, Aug 7 9:58am · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I have severe osteoporosis. I am on my 3rd year of seeing a wellness coach at a local physical therapy place. I started doing an hour twice a week of strength and resistance training. Then I dropped to an hour a week and Medicare will pay for physical therapy for resistance training. So I do an hour with a wellness coach (individual training) and intense. Then 40 minutes with a physical therapist. Not on the same day. After 1 1/2 years with the wellness coach and a year with the physical therapist, it stopped the osteoporosis in my spine but not my hips. I cannot take the Boniva, Fosamax of the world. My only resort now is for Prolia. But my first bone scan was in 1999, the year I turned 50 and my spine scan was -1.44 then. . It took until 2018 to get to -2.5 in my spine. My total left hip was scanned in 2008 at -2.5 and in 2019 it was -3.4. I am still weighing whether I want Prolia at 70 years old.

Mon, May 6 4:26pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I am 70. I have just reviewed my T-scores and Z-scores for the past 10 years. (I keep copies of all my health records but you can get yours) My T-score is getting worse. My Z-score is not bad and getting better. So I researched why. On the T-score you are rated against 30 year olds! Hello! By 50 or 60 you should have worse bones. But the Z-score is rated against people your own age. Look at your Z-scores. I am no longer afraid. My T-score for my spine is -2.5 but my Z-score is -0.5. I also looked at the 10 year fracture risk and noticed that the % is going down. My total hip T-score is -3.5 and my Z-score is -2.1. I cannot take the Fosamax type of pills. Now they have been pushing Prolia. I have said no. I am headed to Mayo the end of this month and I am definitely going to discuss this with someone. I am tired of being scared.

Sun, May 5 8:04am · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I was first diagnosed with osteoporosis in about 2001. I tried Fosamax. I tried another similar drug from the same family which left my kidney disease worse. My nephrologist suggested I stop and I did. I am -4.5 in my hip and -4 in my spine. Prolia was suggested numerous times by my endocrinologist but I have refused. I am highly sensitive to drugs. 3 drugs have sent me to cardiac ER care for a week each. All with life-threatening BP numbers – 260/130. One was Livalo, a cholesterol drug! My endocrinologist approved physical therapy for resistance training. I have been doing it for over 2 years. Last year when I had my bone density scan, it had stopped the bone loss in my spine. Not my hip. I am headed to Mayo to try and determine how my body metabolizes certain drugs. I will let you know what I find out. End of May.

Mon, Mar 25 6:02pm · Functional vs Integerative Medicine in Digestive Health

I have been hearing for something called "Functional Medicine" that is related to more than just drugs for your health issues. Does anyone have any information or does Mayo Clinic have any department that addresses this?

Thu, Mar 21 1:45pm · Gastroparesis with severe symptoms! in Digestive Health

I read an article about "functional medicine". There is such a thing. This person had to have a tube inserted in her stomach. She was that bad. And she had pictures of herself so thin and tired. Now. She claims she is has no issues. She went to a Functional Medicine Clinic. She ended up helping her diet (which I assume you have been avoiding the foods you are not to eat) with adzuki red bean paste which add protein and beet kvass. She also said that sometimes you can be misdiagnosed and have hypochloridia. Don't know if functional medicine is a choice but it might be worth a shot. Does Mayo Clinic have a functional medicine department? I have this disease and did not take the medicines. My gastroparesis said to try iberogast. It is natural drops that go into a trip before or during your meals. It helps the motility of your stomach and it works for me. When I have the coughing fits, I resort to sugarless gum. Works great! I also have a 5-7" wedge until my mattress to elevate my heads and I sleep in my left side as the right side is a straight shot to your stomach & you can get reflux. I do exercise twice a week too. And avoid ALL of the foods that they listed.

Oct 11, 2018 · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

there are alot of posts with different information and we know Prolia is different for every person. I have posted here on the same issue. I have been working out for over 1 1/2 years. At the one year mark, I had my bone density done. It is a -2.5. My workouts have halted the progression of osteoporosis in my spine! No, it will not rebuild bone but no one can tell me how sturdy that rebuilt bone is. Some people have rebound fractures. I will take my chances with exercise, adding vitamin K2, magnesium to my diet.

Sep 24, 2018 · Gastroparesis Diet Questions in Digestive Health

I was diagnosed with gastroparesis by doing a stomach emptying testing. I am going on 2 years with it and luckily no vomiting. My doctor wanted me to take gabepetin but I said no because of the side effects. She then recommended Iberogast. It is for stomach motility issues and so far it works. All natural. I buy it at a nutrition store like Vitamin Shop or GNC but this store is a locally owned one. You can get it on Amazon. I just add the drops to any liquid I drink with a meal. But I also don't overeat. I don't eat anything I shouldn't because I don't want besoars. And I drink Equate Plus with 13 grams of protein and vitamins and minerals. You can buy it at Walmart. It is the same as Ensure but cheaper and was recommended by a dietician. My over the counter vitamins are mostly gel caps to make it easier for my stomach to digest. I also get coughing spells after I eat so i chew a stick of sugar-less gum and it works! I hardly ever eat beef unless it ground beef. I cut most of the saturated fat out of my diet. And I started exercising. I have also found out that if you exercise or just walk for 10 minutes after you eat, it helps your stomach to process the food.

Sep 21, 2018 · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Please see some of my posts. @veriska can you help with that? It is my understanding that most posts I have read don't guarantee new bone growth. If it does, it is only while you are taking Prolia. BUT you cannot be on it long term. Then you have to switch to something like Boniva, etc. (which I cannot take because it makes my kidney disease worse. So in my estimation, Prolia only buys you some time. If you stop it, some people have noticed a rebound in the disease.