Fairly recent to PMR - I posted a couple of weeks ago to say Rheumy was doubtful because I'm "atypical", but tests seem to have ruled out virtually everything else. Following helpful advice on this forum my GP has agreed to treat it as PMR and started on 15mg Pred.
GP is also keen for me to start taking anti-osteoporosis medication straightaway, but I am resisting due to potential side effects, and have ordered a DEXA bone density scan (due on 1 June) which I'm hoping will show I don't need it.
In the meantime, I am taking all sensible steps to protect my bones - supplementing with Vit D / calcium / Vit K2; walking for an hour a day and doing weight-bearing exercise with resistance bands etc. Have also cut out tea / coffee / alcohol, as I've read that these can have a detrimental effect on bone health too.
My question is, has anybody tried using a vibrating plate to improve their bone density? I have read that they are now using these to help astronauts in space, who suffer from rapid bone loss. I've seen some articles which say they've been shown to help, both disabled/frail people who are unable to do weight-bearing exercise, and also healthy people and even athletes.
However, there is also some suggestion that too much vibration can have a negative effect, and definitely not to be used if you have any fractures, pacemakers, etc.
Just wondered if anyone had any direct experience before I decide whether to splash out?