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    Does anyone have osteoporosis?

    I just got results from my recent bone density scan to find out I now have osteoporosis.
    It's not surprising as I am over 70, my mom had it and I have a small frame and with MS weakness I can't do any weight bearing exercises. But I eat healthy, calcium enriched foods and take supplements.

    Dr wants me to start taking Fosamax, which I'm not thrilled about. Does anyone else take this med for osteoporosis? Side effects?
    Are there better treatments out there?

    Thanks for any information!
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    Originally posted by Seasha View Post
    I just got results from my recent bone density scan to find out I now have osteoporosis.
    It's not surprising as I am over 70, my mom had it and I have a small frame and with MS weakness I can't do any weight bearing exercises. But I eat healthy, calcium enriched foods and take supplements.

    Dr wants me to start taking Fosamax, which I'm not thrilled about. Does anyone else take this med for osteoporosis? Side effects?
    Are there better treatments out there?

    Thanks for any information!

    Hi Seasha,

    Yes. I was tested, then dx'd with osteoporosis in 2006, I think. At the time I was 56, neither mom (small frame) or dad had it. The technician said something like "...you have the bones of an 80 year old." The physician was more tactful. 2 years later, in '08, I was dx'd with MS.

    Doctor recommended exercise first, vitamins & supplements (Calcium etc) too. After MS dx I joined the gym. Using weight to maintain muscle (as best as MS allows) and bone density.

    Using weight equipment properly and a little free weight should improve bone density. MHO only. I never got retested to see if I was "improved," MS is my main concern. Feel pretty good, still haven't broken a bone, less drugs, less anxiety, all for the better. Also MHO.

    Never heard of a doctor nixing exercise. So at 71 that means I now have the bones of a 85 YO!



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      Seasha, I'm bumping this up.

      It is hard to believe there isn't anyone in our community with osteoporosis.

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