I'm new to this osteoporosis board and still have so much to learn.
After having my second dexa in Nov., my doctor gave me a copy of the report and told me I have severe osteoporosis (T -4.0), but only in one area.*
I was shocked, since the previous test in 2009 was normal. We did not have a lot of time to talk, but he really wanted me to start treatment right away. We discussed a couple of options and I am scheduled for a reclast infusion Monday.
But after checking out Reclast's side effects further as well as all the alternative choices, I am considering postponing or cancelling the infusion until I've had a chance to speak with him the following week.
Here's my question: have any of you had the jaw bone problem? How about persistent joint/bone/muscle pain? Any other serious side effects?
Did you consider trying lifestyle changes first? (excercise, etc.)
If not, what was your experience with these two treatments?
Thanks for any insight or thoughts!
* PS- the only place I have the osteoporosis is the neck of my right femur, one of many bones & joints that spent MONTHS in a full body cast following an accident when I was 2 1/2 years old! I've not broken anything since and was very physically active for years afterwards. I suspect this area became osteoporotic because of the above experience AND the soft tissue cortisone injections (I also have severe osteoarthritis, a subset of osteoarthritis) and steroid epidural injections for my lower back pain due to the arthritis).