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When is a good time to get a DEXA scan?
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Have you ever had a DEXA scan?
Yes
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No
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 40%  [ 12 ]
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Gloria
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was on and off Fosamax too, and also have osteoporosis. I'm presently taking strontium and plan on getting a DEXA scan later this year to see if my numbers have improved. You might consider Drs. Best strontium, an OTC supplement.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestion, Gloria. Is strontium safe? I guess it must be okay for MC, since you can take it, despite your many food intolerances.

Is Drs. Best strontium available in pharmacies, WalMart, etc., or is it a health food store/internet sort of product?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martha,
The first time I tried Dr's Best Strontium, I got headaches, so I stopped it. The next time I took it, about 2 years later, I began slowly, taking one capsule at a time, gradually increasing to two capsules. That worked, and I've been taking it without any problems.

I buy a bottle of 60 capsules at The Vitamin Shoppe for their web price of $9.66. Not all stores honor the web price, but you can call and ask if they do. Of course, you can also buy it online. I've never looked for it anywhere else because their price is so low.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Medicare will pay for the test every 24 months. But strangely they have paid for the reclast infusion every year... go figure...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grannyh wrote:
Medicare will pay for the test every 24 months.


Thanks, Granny. That's good to know now that I'm on Medicare.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be very careful with Medicare..when they say 24 months they MEAN 24 months.. not one day sooner. Last year I went for my mammogram in the same month as the previous year but a week early... got a bill for almost $500.. medicare refused payment.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear All,

Thought I would copy and paste what I posted elsewhere.

Note I had my first scan in my mid-50s after a number of low stress rib fracture (the first of which, interestingly, was after my MC symptoms started and before I started Entocort)

Best, Ant

Dear All,

I thought it might be of interest to document my results after 3 years of diet and entocort (now averaging one every other day) treatment. (A treatment that gives me a life and with - at this point in the game - only occasional flares).

Bone Density

Here are the bone mineral density (BMD) scores compared with Nov 2009 (the last time tested)

Total BMD of the L spime = 0.810 g/cm2 with T- score = -2.6
(BMD change = +0.011 g/cm2 from study on 4 Nov 2009 = +0.5% per year)

Total BMD of the total left hip = 0.939 g/cm2 with T- score = -0.6
(BMD change = -0.012 g/cm2 = 1.3% from study on 4 Nov 2009 = -0.5% per year)

Total BMD of the left femoral neck = 0.674 g/cm2 with T- score = -1.9

Total BMD of the forearm = 0.596 g/mcm2 with a T- score = -1.5
(BMD change = -0.041 g/cm2 = -6.4% from the study on 4 Nov 2009 = -2.6% per year)

Impression:
Osteoporosis. Fracture risk: High.
No significant BMD change of the lumber spine and the left hip, but significant decrease in BMD of the left forearm since 4 Nov 2009. Rate of loss at the left forearm is slightly higher than that of normal population.

My impression:

Based on the average score I have osteoporosis in the lumber region due to L4 (which is T- score of -3.2; L1, L2, L3 are -2.4, -2.2, -2.3 respectively which indicates osteopinia). In fact this marginally improved from 2009).

Left hip little changed and is osteopinia

Forearm has moved from normal to osteopinia.

The bone specialist who saw me had the view that my Dx overall was closer osteopinia not osteoporis. I will take that! Very Happy And it suggest that my Entocort use is not doing too much damage in this area. In fact maybe better absorption of nutrients due to less flaring as well as extra vit D is, if not halting, at least slowing down bone density loss.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear that entocort does not seemed to have caused you any problems. I took entocort longer than you have and will get my bone density test in about 3 weeks. Will be interesting to see what changes I have had since 2010.

Do you get the reclast infusions to treat bone loss? I have had two of them.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Grannyh,

Good luck on your tests. No, I have not taken any Osteoporosis drugs, just Vit D and Calcium supplements.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a question....what should I expected at a DEXA scan??

My doctor called today and given that I have been on prednisone for almost 5 months now for the AS he wants me to have a DEXA scan which is scheduled for this Thursday and I realized I have no idea what a DEXA includes. I know it's used to measure bone density but beyond that I am clueless.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The good news about bone density scans..you get to keep your clothes on..LOL At least that has been my experience. You are on your back on a table..they prop you and or your legs this way or that and it is over in no time
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Granny...good thing about staying dressed LOL. Sounds pretty basic.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe,
Bone density scan is a piece of cake.. now if they send you for mammogram it will probably just as painful for you as for us... and you don't get to keep all of your clothes on.. and they keep those places cold enough to hang meat!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok Granny...I laughed so hard I just about fell out of my chair Very Happy I think I'll need that DEXA scan to make sure I don't break my hip.

....I think it's a pretty safe bet on not needing a mammogram Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe,
Men actually do get mammograms. It seems that 30 years ago it was unheard of... however, my family doc has had several men go for tests.. and yes they had breast cancer. It is no longer unusual for men to get the full.. meat locker... boob crusher test:)
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