Actually, my doctor at least, was very clear about the need to go onto something else in order to maintain (or continue building) the bone increase.
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@delongak, Since you are completing your first year of Forteo, are you having a Dexa done to see if there is any improvement in your bone density! I’m coming up on completing my first year of Forteo and will have a scan in April (and will post results). Using Forteo has been easy. No side effects that I can see or feel, and self-administering the shots is mostly painless (except for an occasional ouchy or tiny bruise). So I’ve got fingers crossed for improvements for both of us!
Hi! I had double-knee replacement four years ago. First thing is to be VERY patient and kind to yourself. You are just into the healing process. Take your meds wisely, eat healthy and get proper rest. Your commitment to rehab is essential. Doing the exercises is vital to regaining flexibility. I found walking to be a big help in regaining the ability to make both legs (knees) engage in being balanced and sharing the load. I used Nordic Walking Poles at first to help me feel secure and, frankly, alleviate concerns that if I sat (or fell) down I would still have the ability to leverage back up. Find a therapist that explains things, and with whom you can share your goals. Often, the therapist considers “success” once you can do all the basics. I had bigger goals to resume yoga and Pilates which would pushed well past my therapists notion of “sufficient” range of motion. I found someone who worked with me so I could get down on the floor, and back up. She showed me how using bolsters behind my knees would get me into “child’s pose”, and using foam yoga blocks for stability helped me have confidence and get stronger. Find someone who will truly listen to your personal goals and develop that plan with you. This does take time. My experience was reaching peak flexibility within six months, but frankly, you can continue to make improvements after that. Good luck! Oh, and remember if something ever doesn’t feel “right” to you, or is truly painful, talk with your doctor right away!
Thank you for this well thought out and informative write-up. I think we all benefit from hearing the experiences of others. There is so much to consider in each individuals journey in dealing with osteoporosis. I know I glean something helpful from what others share. Keep us posted on your progress!
Sadly, suing a company or any “entity” almost always has the cards stacked against the claimant. For the few stories that get published about some cheater making false claims and getting some huge payout, I think there are hundreds (or thousands) of people who should receive compensation, but get nothing. The state of Virginia really stacks the deck against people who get injured and try to sue for negligence. The interpretation is that if the claimant has any responsibility whatsoever for the injury (… you should have been paying more attention and not tripped over that big crack in the sidewalk, or that pool of soapy water on the floor, etc., etc.), then the claimant gets nothing. It’s crazy.
Be careful of the Zumba unless it is aimed at the “older” practitioners. Regular Zumba can be extremely hard or knees and ankles, as well as spine twisting and risk of tripping yourself up. I’m doing a class now that is more “line dancing” in its approach. The steps and sequence are reviewed before actually doing the dance, and there are not so many confusing step changes. You still get a good, sweaty workout with gentle impact on your bones. But this approach is just so much safer.