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    Holistic docs have been saying this since the drugs were approved. Bisphosphonates are incorporated into the bone matrix, so where you would normally have bone, you have a manufactured drug.
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    My weg specialist and local rheumy wanted me to take it again, but I said ,'
    "No." I took it for seven months and I think it caused more facial pain and that is what I told them. They understand but worried I will break bones in the future because I have osteopenia.

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    I think I will quit it again and just up my Calcium from 1000mg to 2000mg. My doc may not agree but then again I have never found a doc to agree with me on everything, especially this kind fo stuff.

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    I don't think upping the calcium is a good idea. It only helps if you have a low natural intake and has been associated with heart problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    I don't think upping the calcium is a good idea. It only helps if you have a low natural intake and has been associated with heart problems.
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    Damn!!! I was told there were free tickets here. Now what do I do.

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    Phil, don't stop your drug without telling your doctor. Some drugs have to be stopped slowly or you can cause problems.

    Building bone is much more involved than just taking calcium. Lots of nutrients are involved and they all have to be balanced or it upsets the entire process. You really should see a holistic doc to get this addressed. It's more complicated than I can explain on here and is highly individual. There's no "one-size fits all" to it.

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    I'll ask my doc about this at the next visit also. I've only been taking it since dx, but since my osteoperosis is rather severe, I'm still fairly young and the numbers are being monitored and increasingly pointing in the right direction, I'm guessing that I should stay the course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sangye View Post
    Phil, don't stop your drug without telling your doctor. Some drugs have to be stopped slowly or you can cause problems.

    Building bone is much more involved than just taking calcium. Lots of nutrients are involved and they all have to be balanced or it upsets the entire process. You really should see a holistic doc to get this addressed. It's more complicated than I can explain on here and is highly individual. There's no "one-size fits all" to it.

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    Thanks Sangye. I will stay on it for the next few months then until I can see a Naturopath doctor.

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    Hi Sangye. i have been put on actonal (generic version), Fosamax gave me hives. I had a bone scan and it showed amber for my hips, but the rest of my bones were OK. I feel really mixed about taking this stuff. I am on 1000 mg of calcium and vit D. I eat a lot of cheese. I am 71, what do you think? Can a get away without it. I think my bones likely eroded when I was on the high dose pred, but now I am at 8 and hopefully after I adjust to the Methx I will be trying to reduce that some more. How long do the leave you on the Methatrexate usually, is it forever, or do they wean you off that after you get the pred down? I continue to be amazed and grateful that I can gulp down all this stuff without too much reaction except for the fosamex.

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