After battling osteoporosis for many years, I have settled on a treatment regimen that works best for me.
My risk factors for osteoporosis:
Early surgical menopause (loss of ovaries)
Small boned white female
Early in life I developed ovarian cysts, one on each ovary, five years apart. I lost one ovary and fallopian tube at age 19. Five years later and just one year after being married, I had a wedge resection of the remaining ovary due to a second cyst. This surgery left me with a partial ovary in the hope that I could become pregnant.
After giving birth to two healthy babies, five years apart, I had to have the remaining partial ovary and my uterus removed at age 35. I was prescribed Premarin tablets to replace the estrogen which had been produced by my ovaries. I was told at that time this estrogen replacement would prevent me from having osteoporosis.
Several years later, I had my first bone density scan which showed I had osteoporosis. The synthetic estrogen tablets failed to prevent the bone disease. I was then started on Fosamax.
After more than five years on Fosamax, biannual bone scans continued to show I have either osteopenia or osteoporosis, each time. So I sought the help of an Endocrinologist. She did some blood work and told me that I must stop the Fosamax completely for 18 months. I will see her again in June for a bone scan and to discuss any needed medications with her at that time. In the meantime, I’ve been eating my leafy green vegetables, drinking milk, and taking calcium with vitamin D.
I recently began to have some pain in the upper region of my spine, which could be an indication of worsening osteoporosis.
Knowing that exercise is good for the bones and their supporting muscles, I went to the gym and started using a rowing machine. I noticed an immediate improvement in my bone pain. In fact, my upper back and neck feel better each time I use the machine. So I will continue on this regimen of eating my leafy green vegetables, drinking milk, taking calcium with vitamin D, and using the rowing machine.
I won’t know for sure until June if this regimen is actually working, but if reduction in pain is any indication, I should be just fine. I am now 33 years post-menopause and remain free of fractures.