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January 29, 2007

Help, My Bones Hate Me!!!

I went off Fosamax because I was eligible for M'Care part D. Well, that meant no more free drugs from the pharmaceutical companies. I went into my "donut hole" in October. So, I have had to cut back on a lot of my meds. I will probably go into my "donut hole" very early this year. I now have other added meds to buy.

Here is what has happened to me over the last few years.

I have had at least 4 -6 rib fractures; T6, T7, and T-2 fractures in my back; my left foot has been fractured 3 times and it is now fractured. I think I fractured it around Dec. 9 and T-12 at the same time. I was dancing with a two year old at a Christmas party for some Veterans in a VA nursing home. It is hard not to be able to lift a child.

My orthopedic doctor told me Friday I had to get my bones strengthened and quick. He is afraid I will break a femur or hip. Then I will be in big trouble. I am only 53, so it looks like I will have the rest of my lifetime in caution and pain.

I even fractured a rib lying on my stomach during an epidural on my back. I felt it when it happened. I waited about 3-4 weeks before I went to the orthopedic doctor because it takes about two or more weeks for the fracture to show up. When it starts to heal, he can find it. That is what my orthopedic doctor told me.

I have been on long term steroids for lung problems brought on by acid reflux. Long story. Now, I have Addison's Disease. My teeth are crumbling from my mouth. But I can't get my blood pressure down and my other health up enough to go have them fixed. Not to mention how much it is going to cost.

I am going to try to see if there is some sort of waiver they can do with the pharmaceutical companies to help me. My doctor gave me a script for Zetia (to lower my cholesterol). I told his nurse I couldn't afford it. She said she would tell him. Well, he sent me a script for Lopid, it costs more than the Zetia. Can't win!!!

I take over 21 different pills every morning. I usually miss the lunchtime dose and the bedtime dose. At least I try to do this. Hubby gets his meds from the VA, but we don't take the same meds. We tried, but I couldn't take his. My cholesterol is 328 (OUCH), triglycerides are 346. I tried taking cinnamon pills for over 3 months. That didn't help.

Thanks for letting me vent and maybe someone will have an idea that I can use for the bone building/strengthening that I so desperately need to do.

J :)

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January 26, 2007

New Data on Osteoporosis Risk in Older Men

Older men who have had one fracture have a much higher risk of a second fracture, putting their fracture risk on par with the risk older women face, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"We found the protective effects of being a man disappeared altogether after the first fracture, putting them right up there with women who have also had a break. This goes to show the perception out there is really quite wrong."

Osteoporosis also a men's disease: study

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January 23, 2007

Antidepressants Increase Fragility Fracture Risk

A study done by researchers at McGill University has shown that daily use of the antidepressants Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Lexapro increase risk of fragility fractures by 2.1 percent.

Fragility fractures are fractures that occur with minimal trauma and are often the first sign of osteoporosis.

Our study, which controlled for factors that may affect the reliability of the data, shows that daily SSRI use is associated with a two-fold increase in bone fractures caused by low trauma events,'' said Dr. Brent Richards, lead author of the study, who is a former post-doctoral fellow at the McGill health centre, and is now based at King's College in London, England.

This study is particularly interesting because in recent months it was supposedly found that Prozac may increase bone mass in mice.

Once again, we are presented with conflicting studies. What a surprise!

Anti-depressants linked to increased fracture risk

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January 13, 2007

Osteoporosis Warning Signs

Here is a list of risk factors for osteoporosis from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the National Osteoporosis Foundation:

Bone breaks
Family history
Low dietary calcium and vitamin D
Excessive smoking or drinking alcohol
Low body weight
A chronic medical problem
Persistent back pain
Short height

Click on the link below to learn more about each.

Know the warning signs of osteoporosis

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January 4, 2007

Your Dentist Could Detect Osteoporosis

Researchers in England have discovered a way to tell their patients if they are suffering from osteoporosis. The new test is cheap, simple, and every dentist can do it.

The researchers developed a revolutionary, software-based approach to detecting osteoporosis during routine dental X-rays by automatically measuring the thickness of part of the patient's lower jaw, according to the study published in the journal Bone.

Ordinary dental x-rays could detect osteoporosis automatically
Detecting osteoporosis via dental X-rays

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