Osteoporosis conondrum

This is a friend of my mom's and I obviously don't want to give medical advice – but can't see why lifting weights – if only using like 3 pound weights for example – could be bad – and think wearing a walking very light weighted vest would be cool – but am not positive. Any of you rehab people out there have experience with osteoporosis and have any tips?
I was just wondering if you have much access to information about the different meds they are now giving to osteoporosis patients such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, etc. etc.
I went to a new endocrinologist  this morning and he looked at my dexa scan readings and was really alarmed that I already am at -3.0 now.  He said I should have been taking meds a long time ago and that when (not if ) I have a fracture, it's going to be pretty bad.  He didn't like the fact that I had done some research on class-action suits against drug companies, and didn't like it that I had my own opinions about it.  I also mentioned that my present Dr. (a GP & Naturpath) did not think osteoporosis meds were safe or even all that helpful, and that he thought they were like putting poison into the body.  Well, this new Dr. said he thought that was astonishing and that any Dr. who would say something like that has to be ignorant.  He said he would look into my Blue Cross to see if they will pay for meds, but said he's not so sure and it's expensive.  So I went away from the visit more confused than ever and just don't know what to do.  I took a week off from my weight tape to entertain my sister who was staying with me, and I need to get back on it.  This new Dr. also said that he didn't know how much good lifting weights would be at this point and that it might be bad since I could fracture my spine lifting the weights.

The reason I'm writing to tell you all of this is because I'm just wondering if you have any friends or teachers, etc. or might know of anyone I could contact who might be doing cutting-edge research on this subject and could be someone I can contact and talk to them about this. Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks so much!  Hope all is well with you!  Best, “Friend”


Aug 02, 2008 | Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: 1

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