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Osteoporosis board


WooHoo for us BC survivors (and chocoholics)!

Yes, I think that's why your Dr. wants you to take Evista. Although Evista was initially marketed as a breast cancer drug, the unexpected benefit was the decreased risk of fracture, so it was also approved for osteoporosis. I took tamoxifen for 5 years, and my Dr. said 5 years is the limit of effectiveness for tamox so I had to switch to another treatment anyway. I was going to go on an aromatase inhibitor after menopause, but it has a BIG side effect - loss of bone density. That's why I had my first DEXA scan, to determine my starting BMD before eventually going on Femara. When we learned that I have osteo, he was going to put me on an IV drip of Zometa (zoledronate) to counteract the side effect, but after doing my research I decided not to go that route. I wanted to see if I could build my density without resorting to a very expensive biphosphonate that could give me osteonecrosis of the jaw. Evista is somewhat of a compromise for me and so far I'm satisfied with it.

My husband and I take Oscal calcium, mainly because it's cheap and we're on a tight budget. Ezorb sounds great, but it's too expensive. I don't know anything about Reosto and I'm not even sure it's available in USA.
Hi Aleta I was also on tamoxifen for 5 years, although was glad to get off it as I put on a stone in weight. Do you follow a normal diet? I found I had an intolerance to dairy, so have decided to go vegan. I don't know whether you have seen a book by Jane Plant and Gill Tidey about osteoporosis, but they advocate a dairy free diet for BC and osteo. I am also wondering whether to follow some sort of exercise programme, alot of people on this board seem to favour weights. Have you been down this route?
Hi Aleta I was also on tamoxifen for 5 years, although was glad to get off it as I put on a stone in weight. Do you follow a normal diet? I found I had an intolerance to dairy, so have decided to go vegan. I don't know whether you have seen a book by Jane Plant and Gill Tidey about osteoporosis, but they advocate a dairy free diet for BC and osteo. I am also wondering whether to follow some sort of exercise programme, alot of people on this board seem to favour weights. Have you been down this route?
Hi Aleta I was also on tamoxifen for 5 years, although was glad to get off it as I put on a stone in weight. Do you follow a normal diet? I found I had an intolerance to dairy, so have decided to go vegan. I don't know whether you have seen a book by Jane Plant and Gill Tidey about osteoporosis, but they advocate a dairy free diet for BC and osteo. I am also wondering whether to follow some sort of exercise programme, alot of people on this board seem to favour weights. Have you been down this route?
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Hi Aleta I was also on tamoxifen for 5 years, although was glad to get off it as I put on a stone in weight. Do you follow a normal diet? I found I had an intolerance to dairy, so have decided to go vegan. I don't know whether you have seen a book by Jane Plant and Gill Tidey about osteoporosis, but they advocate a dairy free diet for BC and osteo. I am also wondering whether to follow some sort of exercise programme, alot of people on this board seem to favour weights. Have you been down this route?
Well, I don't know what a stone is, but it sounds heavy, LOL! Did you lose the weight after stopping the tamox? I believe my weight gain has probably been due to a slowing of metabolism that commonly comes with perimenopause.

I eat a balanced diet which includes dairy, fruits and vegetables, grains, fish and fowl. I try not to exclude entire food groups from my diet except for beef, which I rarely eat because of its high fat content.

As for exercise, I walk briskly for 30 minutes each morning and I lift dumbbells every other day. I also do basic yoga daily, which helps keep me from feeling stiff. Since my job (and keeping up with this board, LOL) keeps me sitting at a computer all day, I have to remind myself to get up and move around. That's why I keep my yoga mat at work.
A stone is 14 pounds, so quite heavy! Yes i did lose the weight after coming off tamoxifen but i do yoyo up and down now. thanks for all your info, I shall ponder on this evista. I feel I must make a decision soon, as my mother had several spinal fractures and my reading is -3.