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Old 04-26-2005, 03:18 PM   #1
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osteopenic spine

I just received the results of a bone density test done because I am on prednisone to treat chronic urticaria. I haven't discussed the results with the doctor yet - my appointment is the end of the week - but I know that the result was spine: greater than 70, and neck: 49. I assume this means the age equivalent, but I really don't know what I am getting into with this. I have been taken Fosamax for the past few weeks.
What else can I do to improve my bones? I am still doing the reduction dosage of the prednisone, aiming to be off it by the end of June (I think - around then). I also take singulair, hydroxizine, oxyeze, + flonase (asthma, rhinitis, allergies, chronic urticaria). I would appreciate any information or guidance as to where to find information, what searches to do online, etc. Thanks

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Old 04-26-2005, 05:43 PM   #2
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Hi and Welcome,
All of the bone density test results I have received indicate a T Score number plus a Z Score number. Like I have an overall T-Score of -2.6. Do you see any numbers like that on your test report. If your numbers are in the positive then you don't have low bone density.

For bone density improvement my doctor told me to take a Calcium supplement with Vit D, do weight bearing exercises, and take medication to increase the bone density. I'm not sure where to direct to online resources but someone might.

It seems like a good idea to get off the Prednison as that can cause more bone loss. I use Flonase also and my doctor said that is a better alternative since the medication stays locally in the nose not in the entire blood system.
I hope this helps some.

Old 04-27-2005, 05:01 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply. I haven't actually seen the results, just spoke to the receptionist at the dr's office. I am doing the tapering dose of prednisone, so I will be off it eventually. I guess I just wait to see what the docotr says...

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