I went for a check up at the dentist yesterday and I was pleased to be able to tell him that I didn't have the third yearly infusion of zoledronic acid because, at last, I had the dexa scan I had been asking for. The result of the dexa scan actually showed improvement from the last one, twelve years ago, and no sign of osteoporosis.
The dentist was delighted that I haven't had any bisphosphonates in over 18 months, but warned me that the drug stays in your body long term and I could still have problems from the way the bone is affected by them. He explained a lot about the jaw problems, in particular, that can occur. All very interesting and could have been quite shocking had I not learned about these problems from this forum.
One thing he mentioned, though, which I hadn't thought of, was that he had seen more problems with the yearly infusions than with the weekly tablets. It makes sense if you think about it, if you are on AA you can stop at any time but the infusion is designed to last a year and no-one really knows just how long it will last in the body. Scary stuff.
In hindsight I wish I hadn't taken it, but at least I only had two infusions, thanks to the critical thinking I learned from this forum. I also have cervical spondylosis and have had many falls causing various injuries over the years. I explained to my rheumy that I had had three full-length falls in four weeks and hadn't broken anything so I felt it was very unlikely that I had OP and that was when she finally agreed to the dexa scan.
Has anyone else been told anything similar at the dentist?