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09-02-2015 08:25 PM
I thought it was you Marijane, then Kathleen mentioned new boots and I got confused. LOL
09-02-2015 11:03 PM
I am currently having an injection twice a year, Bernie. I have always been a good candidate for osteoporosis (thin, pale, small boned, etc.), and I started taking medication soon after I went into menopause.
I started with the hormones, eventually freaked out, and then switched to various oral medicines. I took most of them once a week. Anyway, for years I had osteopenia, and then a few years back, they said I had osteoporosis. I took the medicine (I also take a calcium, vitamin D, and exercise, etc.), and after a while, they said I was back to osteopenia. Since I was a bit freaked out about taking the medicine, I asked if I could try just taking calcium with vitamin D, exercising, etc., and the doctor said okay. That lasted for several years (3-4, I think.) So, I was terribly disappointed last August when the doctor said I had osteoporosis. He said his Mom took this injectable drug, and it worked for her. So, I agreed to take it. I also bumped up the exercise and calcium/vitamin D, etc. I don't know how long they will want me to be on this medicine, but I figure at least a couple of years. It is quite expensive ($2,000 plus per shot), but the combination of Medicare and my insurance (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) covers the entire amount. Sorry for the long story.
All drugs have adverse effects, and I would love it if I could do without the medicine and not have bone problems, but I'm just not sure that will happen.
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