Sep 2, 2011 06:43AM ICanDoThis wrote:
Well, there is some indication that switching to an alkaline diet may help, but the biggy is likely to be getting your blood calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium, and assorted trace elements into line.
Your onc may suggest a visit to an endocrinologist. That's who treated mine. They may want to look into your parathyroid (NOT thyroid, parathyroid) levels. Mine were high, my Vitamin D was super low, calcium was high, etc.
Went onto 50,000 ius of Vitamin D3 weekly, and blood levels started to go up. My osteoporosis (which was just over the line) went back to osteopenia.
Other things that may be going on - are you on any other meds - I take an inhaler that includes a steroid for asthma, and that can kick your bones to the curb. Heartburn medicine can cause calcium to not be absorbed.
My endocrinologist recommended a tanning bed. Honest. We went to Hawaii, and my vitamin D levels rose 10 points in a week. As a result, I am now getting 10-15 minutes of sun daily, and feel pretty good.
Doctors will likely recommend Fosamax - or the generic, or Boniva. I'm not nuts about it, but I am taking Boniva.
But, what helped me the most psychologically, was finding out that I have only a 5% chance of having a fracture, despite a messy Dexa scan. Ask about your FRAX score - this is a scale that the World Health Organization came out with that combines DEXA with a wide range of other considerations - sort of like Adjuvent Online
There is a lot going on in this area. At your young age, I would definitely be looking for a specialist.
Hope this helps.