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annevemc posted:
I have been taking Actenol for years. I got a message from my doctor that my bone density scan was "very bad" I am 81 years old. What are my treatment options at this point.
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bonebabe responded:
Need a little more info please.

By very bad, did he mean a significant decrease since your last scan or just the numbers themselves were low? What were your numbers? Have you have a nonviolent fracture? Are you on prednisone? Are you active or sedentary? Do you consume 1200 mg of calcium each day, with doses at least 4 hours apart? Are your Vit D levels normal and do you take a Vit D supplement? Did either of your parents break a hip?

These are all important questions to answer. The goal of bone density testing and medication is to reduce your fracture risk. The T-score is only a very small part of that equation. Having "very bad" numbers isn't in itself very bad. Also, if you take a medication for osteoporosis and don't consume enough calcium, the medicine doesn't have anything to work with and isn't effective.

Have you had a fracture since you've been taking the Actonel? If not, the medicine is working regardless of your numbers.

I can advise you more when I know the answers to my questions.


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