My Mom (91) has osteoporosis. What do I do now?

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The doctors have found multiple compression fractures in her thoracic spine. Help!

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Was this diagnosis based on a DEXA or other diagnostic test? What are the doctors recommending?

If they suggest taking Fosamax, do your research first. This is a powerful drug with side effects. My father took it but discontinued it b/c of the side effects. Also research Fosamax class actions suits so you can be aware of the lawsuits against the manufacturer.

Ask the diagnosing doctor if he/she'll script for PT; weight bearing exercise is considered an excellent way to deal with osteoporosis.

Can Mom still safely walk outside? If so, go for short walks. If she's in a facility, again take her for walks. It's a weight bearing exercise.

Review Mom's diet and sett if you can add foods with calcium, and ask the doctors how much calcium and vitamin D she should be taking.

Also, if Mom drinks coffee, gradually wean her off it.

There's a decent amount of information here (Web MD) that addresses foods that leach calcium from the body. webmd/osteoporosis/living-with-osteoporosis-7/diet-dangers?page=2.
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Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures performed to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCF) of the spine. These fractures, which can be painful and limit spine mobility, are commonly caused by osteoporosis, spinal tumors, and traumatic injury. It means injecting bone cement into the weak vertebral section.. Ask the MD
You can consider treatment for osteoperosis from Orthotexas . The doctors are good I guess they can help.
I wondering the same thing. My cousin has this condition and has sustained 5 fractures over the last 5 months, including a spinal fracture. Hers are from falls though. Her orthopaedic doctors have declined to prescribe her any of the super bone building meds, even though I asked and they didn't find her a candidate for kyphoplasty. I'm not sure what to do. She is taking calcium and vitamin D. Exercises are difficult, since she's so weak and her dementia is increasing.

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