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Re: osteoporosis in pre-menopausal woman

Re: osteoporosis in pre-menopausal woman

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Posted by Wendy on September 05, 2000 at 19:39:59:

In Reply to: Re: osteoporosis in pre-menopausal woman posted by Jean on September 05, 2000 at 18:26:05:

: : I am a 42 year old woman and recently had a bone density scan. (My mother has osteoporosis and is on medication, so I know part of my problem is genetic.). My bone density scan results said my bone lose was -2.4. I am also taking Levoxyl for underactive thyroid and have been on it for about a year and a half . My thyroid level has been normal for about the past year. I am still menstruating and have not been able to find any information about why I have experienced such bone loss. I am wondering if I have experienced this bone loss due to the thyroid medicine. If anyone has had a similar experience, I would appreciate hearing from you. I would also like to know about natural thyroid remedies. Thanks.
: : KT

: Yes, replacement thyroid does put you at risk for developing osteoporosis, according to the endocrinologist to whom I was referred by my internist when she felt unqualified to interpret puzzling changes in my annual blood tests.He also told me something shocking--that while medications are carefully evaluated before FDA approval, the agency does not have the resources to monotor them afterwards, and that formulations can (illegally) be, and are, frequently changed, after initial approval. This, in the case of thyroid replacement, may result in overdosages. This happened to me, and my dosage was cut gradually, from 2.5,mcg, to .88. The doctor warned that many of my hypothyroid symptons would return, on the lowered dosage, but that this must be balanced against the risk of developing osteoporosis. I was on Armour's natural thyroid for 10 years, until, I was told, it was removed from the market, and was put on Thyrolar,(for 5 years) of which the endocrinologist was particularly critical. He prescribed Synthroid which I currently use. I know of no source of natural thyroid, but I too would be interested in any input on treating hypothyroidism "alternatively." The endocrinologist also said, for what it's worth,that treating hypothyroidism is complex and interpreting test results is often beyond the expertise of many gp's and internists, and that I should be very grateful my internist recognized her limitations. Unfortunately, I wish it had been sooner--I now have osteopenia.

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