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    An_249085 posted:
    I am a 6 yr breast cancer survivor that was hormone receptive, and took arimidex that I no longer take.
    After reading about all the bone drugs I am more confused and dont want to put myself in danger..HELP
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    bonebabe responded:
    If your risk of fracture is greater than any possible side effect of the drugs, you need a medication. Nothing else will reduce your risk. Yes, you need calcium, Vit D and weight bearing exercise, but alone they won't put you where you need to be.

    Arimidex is a big drain on bone density. Once you're past your bone building years (around mid-20's) and reach a certain T-score and/or FRAX or other risk factors, only a medication gives you a snowball's chance of avoiding a life changing fracture.

    The drugs have no effect on breast tissue. That shouldn't be a concern to you. My mother is a 20 yr breast cancer survivor and takes the Reclast infusion due to gastric issues. After breaking two ankles, she was convinced to take a medication. For 7 years she's been fracture free, and has improved her scores and risks. She'll be 87 in Dec. and is extremely active and social. She didn't want to lose that by having a hip fracture.

    Go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation's website for a good rundown on the drugs and answers to any other questions you may have. It's the gold standard site and one you can trust. www.nof.org


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