I am in this boat now (Osteopenia)
Any more advice to try and overcome it without clotting my blood too much.
I am about .3 away from osteoporosis.
I am cutting down on the blood thinners (clexane) although the dr does not feel they are contributing too much to the problem. (I disagree)
I already take calcium and Vit D and I will ask about forsamax sp??
I have also purchased some weights for my ankles and wrists just to increase weight bearing...(don't know if they will help)
Any other pieces of advice appreciated....anyone managed to reverse the osteopenia back into normal range or is it impossible? (I am 33)
Before starting Fosamax, you may be interested in reading the following book, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine by Dr. John Abramson. One of the chapters discusses the bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax. You can read an excerpt of the chapter at his site. http://www.overdosedamerica.com/2007/03 ... er-13.html
It's been a while since I have read the book, but if memory serves correctly, he discusses some success he's had treating osteoporosis with vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, exercise and I also recall by correcting some other hormone issues.
The book also discussed that there are two types of cells important in bone remodeling, osteoclasts which remove damaged and diseased bone tissue and osteoblasts which lay down new bone tissue. The bisphosphonate drugs inhibit osteoclasts and thus prevent the removal of bone tissue. While this might sound like a good thing at first, damaged bone tissue does not get removed.
In addition, it was noted that the bisphosphonate drugs have a 10 year half life in the body. In effect, 30 years after taking the once per week 70 mg dose you would still have 8.75 mg of the drug remaining in your body.