I am reading more and more on this forum how worried and scared members are to take alendronic acid and other drugs to treat osteoporosis and am concerned that many people may miss out on treating their low bone density and increased risk of fracturing their bones. My story is as follows:
2011 aged 53 and menopausal I was diagnosed with coeliac disease and my ensuing DEXA scan showed I had osteoporosis in my lumbar spine due to years of not absorbing calcium and then loss of oestrogen to protect my bones. As well as starting with a gluten free diet to repair the damage to my small intestines and taking a calcium and vitamin D supplement, I took alendronic acid for a year followed by HRT for a year. I was over the moon when in 2014 my DEXA scan showed a significant 10% increase in bone density. I then thought all was ok and that my gluten free diet plus the other interventions (impossible to know which was the most effective) had been successful and so I carried on with the gf diet and calcium and vit D plus weight-bearing exercise but stopped the drug treatments.
However, and very upsettingly, my DEXA scan in January 2017 showed that my osteoporosis was back to the levels I saw in 2011 proving the gf diet, calcium and exercise wasn't enough for me to protect the density of my bones. Reluctantly, I am back on alendronic acid, but my message is that every medical professional is saying that I should treat my osteoporosis as this is better than breaking a bone and suffering the consequences. I would like to think that my DEXA scan in two years will have improved again and I could have a break from taking alendronic acid. Time will tell.
It is important to say that I have had no adverse effects from taking alendronic acid. At least I feel I am doing all I can to try to protect my bones.