Have You Thought About Your Posture Lately?

A couple of weeks ago I was walking by my full length mirror and the reflection showed a hunched over woman. It wasn’t a huge hunch, but it probably is well on its way to become one. I don’t want to be that woman in the mirror so I am doing something about it. Several months ago my primary care doctor told me I have osteoporosis. She told me I need to take Fosomax to manage it and that I will be taking it for life. At the time, I told her I would think about it, knowing that I would research the medication before taking it. After weighing the pros and cons, I decided to not take it and find a healthier solution. I now lift hand weights and practice yoga, but none of those addressed my bad posture, that is until I figured out I need to be conscious of what I’m doing.

See the hunch? I repositioned myself to get a flat spine

See the hunch? I repositioned myself to get a flat spine

My husband helped me figure out how to do modified poses, making sure my spine was as straight as I could get it. No more hunching over. Even now as I type this, I am conscious of my posture. It will take practice but I am determined to walk/sit as straight as possible. Walking will be another issue because I am six feet tall and my walker is too short for me, even with the legs as high as they will go. Next week we will look for a taller walker, meanwhile I walk mindfully. My goal is to someday get rid of the walker. After some looking, I found some poses that address my balance issues so that could become a real possibility.

My back muscles are sore today, so that’s a good sign. For me it means I am working muscles I haven’t used in a while and the new yoga video I’ve been watching and practicing with, helps me be aware of my body.

The next time you see your reflection, check out your posture. Are you hunched over? A lot of us sit at computers all day so I know there are at least a few who could some “back awareness”.

Be Well and Happy!


There Are Worse Things in Life Than Osteoporosis

fosamax joke

I saw my primary doctor on Friday to find out the results of my bone scan. I have severe osteoporosis. I guess I won’t be doing any skydiving. My doctor wants me to take Fosamax for the rest of my life. That doesn’t sound like something I want to do. Have you seen all the commercials from lawyers these days, looking for patients who got sicker from the side effects of these drugs — years after they were approved by the FDA? My doctor told me the most common side effect is gastrointestinal problems. HELLO! Did she forget I just had a SEVERE problem with that a few years ago…called cancer…why would I risk putting myself through that again??? When I went home I looked up the side effects for myself and this caught my eye:

“In rare cases, this medicine may cause bone loss (osteonecrosis) in the jaw. Symptoms include jaw pain or numbness, red or swollen gums, loose teeth, or slow healing after dental work. The longer you use Fosamax, the more likely you are to develop this condition. Osteonecrosis of the jaw may be more likely if you have cancer or received chemotherapy, radiation, or steroids. Other risk factors include blood clotting disorders, anemia (low red blood cells), and a pre-existing dental problem.”

I already have dental issues that I cannot afford to fix, caused by the chemo. Why would I take the chance of losing my teeth and look like a meth addict without the benefits of getting high??? Thanks, but no thanks.

So, I researched the Internet for alternatives and asked for ideas from my Face Book peeps. It turned out that they had a lot to say and all agreed — Fosamax is a bad idea. One of them who is an acupuncturist told me that this drug does “lay down” new bone tissue on top of the old one, but the new one is just as fragile. So what’s the point?

Then I looked for complaints from those taking the drug. There was plenty on the Consumer Affairs website.

This website lists lawsuits against Merck who makes Fosamax.

Here is another website. The only one who seems to benefit from this drug are injury attorneys.

Someone even has a whole blog devoted to the horrors of Fosamax!

My alternative treatment plan is to walk a mile a day, do wall push ups, and lift five-pound weights.  Weight bearing exercise is a good alternative.  I will also take a magnesium/calcium citrate supplement.  My acupuncturist friend suggested I add organic powdered maca root to my daily green smoothie. I looked it up online and read that doctors in Peru give it to their patients to treat their osteoporosis. If it’s good enough for Peruvian doctors, it’s good enough for me.

My doctor expects a decision from me in two weeks. The answer is ” HELL NO!”

Be well,