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Update on Gillymar

After an appointment with the Spinal specialist yesterday and one with the 'care of the elderly consultant ' the previous day, I am now to undergo a course of self applied injections for my 'advanced' osteoporosis. These will cause nausea and dizziness for about half an hour and should be done in the early morning. However if they prove too nasty I am to do them at bedtime and retire ! Someone is coming to instruct me on how to do this ! The spine fracture is not as painful as before which is hopeful. Just a dull aching all the time which is annoying. Has anyone else had experiences similar to me ? Should be most grateful to hear from you.

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Is this Forsteo?


What is Forster?


Forsteo is a drug used to increase bone production - it is an artificial version of parathyroid hormone. It is the only drug that actually encourages formation of new bone.


I don't know the name of the stuff to be injected. With your agreement I will report when I know and will update on the injections when they start. Not looking forward to the process but if it prevents further fractures which are a distinct possibility if nothing is done, any discomfort will be worth it.


I had to learn to give myself injections for another reason once and although I no longer have to do it I'm glad to have that skill in case I ever need it again. The first jab is the hardest. After that you'll see how easy it really is.


Hello again Gillimar. I have just come across your previous postings. I find that the best time

for me to give these injections is between 5.30pm and 6pm. After all this time, nearly a year,

I don't have any side effects. I found that giving the injections in the morning wasn't

convenient if I wanted to go out. I don't think it matters what time of day it is as long as

it's consistent. Sadly, they don't help the constant pain and I can't tolerate strong pain

killers, but after 4 spinal fractures - and many years ago fractured wrist and elbow, - I do

feel that teriparatide was the best treatment for me, and hopefully for you.


So interesting to get your comments. I do my injections at about 4.30 pm I do not have any side effects so far. I have done 6 so far so am hopeful. All comments on Teriparatide are favourable so that is good too. Keep them coming.


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