For the past six weeks, I have been struggling with (or rather against) my primary care doctor’s recommendation that I take Fosamax for my osteoporosis.
I do everything I can to keep my bones strong—I take calcium and vitamin D, lift weights and exercise vigorously, but I still have osteoporosis. My primary care doctor did not buy my argument that I don’t need to worry about my bones because when I was hit by a car and thrown from my bike in December, nothing broke.
My situation is complicated by the fact that because of my celiac disease, I may not absorb medications when I take them. In addition, I worry about possible side effects of Fosamax, including heartburn, necrosis of the jaw, and/or a broken femur.
When I asked the doctor who had diagnosed my celiac disease for advice, she recommended that I see an endocrinologist. He asked me to get a new bone density test and some blood tests before our appointment.
When I saw the endocrinologist Tuesday, the blood tests showed that I had adequate calcium and vitamin D in my system. Good news. But the bone density results had not arrived. He asked his assistant to get them faxed over from the testing center. While we waited, we discussed my options.
If my bone density had improved (as a result of parathyroid surgery I had three years ago), or if it stayed the same, we would do nothing. But if it was worse, we probably needed to consider medication.
I sat outside his office anxiously waiting for the results.
When they arrived, we looked at them together. My numbers were not worse. They were not the same. They were a teeny bit better, although I still have osteoporosis.
So we’ll repeat the tests next year. In the meantime, I get a year’s reprieve from worrying about heartburn, necrosis of the jaw, or a broken femur.