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Osteoporosis and Riding? Other Ways To Address It?

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    Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
    I have hypocalcuria (spelling?) and urinate out my calcium as well. I had a terrible time with the old school diuretic that I was prescribed-- constant peeing and in my job (teacher) I just couldn't to it. Doctor agreed to not have me do it, but take lots of vitamin D instead. I have very low D which has interfered in bone healing during an non-horse related surgery.
    I have actually added back bone density and the only spot I'm thinning enough to be concerning is my left hip. It has stabilized over the last 8 years.

    My mom and grandma had osteoporosis too, and my doctor and I are going to revisit treatment if my next bone scan is not more positive.
    Yeah, I got tested for Vitamin D levels, and loss of calcium through urination - no problems there. It is just plain ol' early onset of Osteoporosis, lucky me... And yes, it is at least partly hereditary, and partly health issues (had an emergency full hysterectomy in my mid 30s, and loss of hormones is a huge factor in loss of bone density).

    So, onward, and hopefully upward. My first Reclast is this coming week!


    • Original Poster

      Update - got my first Reclast infusion, thank goodness that is only an annual event. Horrifically sick (throwing up) for the first 24 hours, dizzy for a couple of weeks, and debilitating bone pain for several days. But I seem to have survived it, and have 11.5 months before I face it again. Keeping my fingers crossed no long term problems...


      • #23
        No one has mentioned Forteo. Had spinal surgery in September and they found bones very soft. Bone density test showed osteopenia. With hip and knee replacements along with spinal hardware, they had to use my arm. I did have a test in summer of 2018 which said within normal limits.

        Forteo is supposedly the only drug that actually regrows bone. Can only be taken for two years, and given daily by injection as the digestive process destroys it. Am finding it hard to get insurance to approve it since I''ve got no history of fractures. But I'm 74 and ride and drive horses and have a houseful of cats and dogs to trip over. It's an itty bitty disposable needle that attaches to a prn like container. Had a month's sample the process wasn't a biggy. If we can't get it approved, will have to figure out a plan B. The back doc has a daughter who three day events and is in vet school, so
        he gets it (I think).


        • #24
          I was Osteoperotic (?) in my test 3 years ago. That was a shocker, because I've always been active and strong. Went on Fosomax, but am non-compliant often. I'm on the weekly pill and I forget at least 50% of the time to take the darned thing, so I go 7 days, 7 days, 9 days, 14 days, 12 days, 7 days, you get the picture. I have no idea what that does over the long term.

          Friend of mine who refuses to take Fosomax did some research and told me to eat prunes. There's something (supposedly) in prunes that's good for bone building. So, along with the Fosomax, I eat 4-6 prunes a day. Figured it couldn't hurt.

          Just had my 3 year scan, and I'm now osteopenia (which is the step below Osteoporosis. I.e., better.) So some actual improvement, which I didn't know was possible.

          I am very nervous about coming off my horses. I've been riding a pony and was very happy, until he began tripping. Great. I've begun riding in a cross country vest (though it is my pelvis I'm concerned about, not my ribs/organs). I've ordered an air vest -- summers here are so darned hot it's too hot to ride in a SHIRT, let alone a XC vest. We'll see. I've been 'practicing' with a fake tether on my XC vest, and so far I've only inadvertently "set off" the canister once. At $30 a pop, one has to practice this stuff!

          I don't want to stop riding either. One of these days, a fall will probably seal my fate, but until then, I'm going to the barn.


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            Originally posted by BasqueMom View Post
            No one has mentioned Forteo.
            My insurance won't cover it - so not really something to talk about in my case.