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Pay attention to your bodies. I am 26 and I have osteoporosis, diagnosed 3 weeks ago. I had a 'gut feeling' for years, but no doctor ever even talked to me about the possibility. In the end, I had to strong arm the HMO for the tests, but I was right.

Who would have thought? I am only 26. :cry:


Now I have the choice of making the best of what I can of myself. I am no longer in the dark, no longer at a blinded risk. I have a choice of what I can do for me. I also have the choice of helping others realize the danger, that it strikes even at a young age. I feel it is better to be cautious than to never know until it is too late. I was told that my petite/thin body frame and my fair skin were some of the risk factors. A strong family tie is also to blame.


Pay attention, educate, and protect yourselves.

If you have any questions I can try to help. I am very new to this but I hate feeling alone. Feel free to share your thoughts, questions, and fears.

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Thanks, for the info! It is a very important and overlooked topic theese days.

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I've heard so much about that condition, which is why I started taking a womens multi-vitamin about four years ago. I'm 23 now and I've heard that the best time to build bone mass is in the 20s. Many of the elderly women in my family suffer from it, so I wanted to start prevention early.

Thanks for telling your story and for giving me more information!

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I've heard so much about that condition, which is why I started taking a womens multi-vitamin about four years ago. I'm 23 now and I've heard that the best time to build bone mass is in the 20s. Many of the elderly women in my family suffer from it, so I wanted to start prevention early.

Thanks for telling your story and for giving me more information!

Just additional stuff that I do and that helps. I take 1500mg of calcium a day, mainly in the very tasty (like taffy candy) strawberry flavored Viactiv chews (they come a many flavors, including chocolate).

Also, and this is a biggie, weight bearing exercise. The best you can do is weight training, it does make the bones more dense while strenghtening your muscles to help carry some of the load (plus it turns you into a hottie). Walking and aerobics are other good activites, done within your personal limits of course.

Of course there are medications, which I do have to take b/c of the severity of my condition. I am hoping the medication will help turn the tables in my favor just a bit.

It is best to get diagnostic tests done early if you have it in your family and you have a strong suspicion of having it. I knew that I broke many bones as a kid and my joints crack alot when I move.

There are simple peripheral tests that can be done on the fingers most of the time at health fairs (exactly how I found out about my possibility of havnig it). If it wasn't for that initial test, and having the results from that initial test to send to my HMO to convince them to let me have a body scan, then I still would be wasting away without my medication.

I hope this helps all of you :D

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Ember,my mother has osteo and the doctors have told her she has the bones of an 80 old meanwhile she is in her mid to late 50's.

Knowing that I was eager to get a bone density test and was pleased when the Walmart Supercenter had a Healthfair and had free density tests as part of it .

I was fortunate got a much better result than I personally had expected.

You gave alot of good sound advice and I hope many women read and adhere to it!!
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EmberPhase,

I'm 26 also. I am chronically ill, so I can offer a sympathetic ear. I know what it's like to receive a diagnosis at such a young age.

I'm studying to be a naturopath, so maybe I can offer some dietary advice. Calcium is important, but so are magnesium (be careful because magnesium competes with calcium), boron, potassium, folic acid, and vitamins C, D, and K. Also, the amino acids L-Lysine and L-Arginine are helpful.

Spinach, broccoli, kale, sesame seeds, and dairy all have calcium. Garlic, onions, and eggs all have sulfur, which is important for bone health.

Good for you for spreading the word.

That's Dandy :roll:
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EmberPhase,

I'm 26 also. I am chronically ill, so I can offer a sympathetic ear. I know what it's like to receive a diagnosis at such a young age.

I'm studying to be a naturopath, so maybe I can offer some dietary advice. Calcium is important, but so are magnesium (be careful because magnesium competes with calcium), boron, potassium, folic acid, and vitamins C, D, and K. Also, the amino acids L-Lysine and L-Arginine are helpful.

Spinach, broccoli, kale, sesame seeds, and dairy all have calcium. Garlic, onions, and eggs all have sulfur, which is important for bone health.

Good for you for spreading the word.

That's Dandy :roll:

Wow. Thank you. Thank you for the kind support and the great advice. I haven't had time to sit down with a specialist yet (even though I have had the referral for two weeks) to discuss the severity that I am at and what life plans I need to look at starting now. I say that because I have read one lady's account of where she was diagnosised at 23 and she was unable to work by 33. I am too much of a fighter to know how to live life as a "sick person", so it scares me to think I may not have a choice (to some degree) of where my life ends up.

I thank you for the vitamin and mineral advice. It will be help to me and it is a good thing that I like eating those things already. :D As gross as it is for others, I LOVE garlic and onions lol.

If anyone else (or of course Dandy again) has anything to add, any advice, any word of encouragement or support, or anything like that, please feel free to share. I know I can't be the only female like this and the more information there is out there, the more we are helping those who don't know about it.

Dandy, my apologies and sympathies for your illness. I wish you the best of luck and health with it. Once again, thank you for the bottom of my heart! (Darn it, we don't have a Kissing Smiley! We need one!). :D :wink:

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I am too much of a fighter to know how to live life as a "sick person", so it scares me to think I may not have a choice (to some degree) of where my life ends up.

I completely understand. It took me a full year to come to terms with the lifestyle changes I would have to make. But don't confuse living as a "sick person" with not having choices, to any degree. From one fighter to another, no matter what life throws at you, no one takes our choices from us. :D

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As gross as it is for others, I LOVE garlic and onions lol.

Gross? I drown my food in garlic! LOL

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Dandy, my apologies and sympathies for your illness. I wish you the best of luck and health with it. Once again, thank you for the bottom of my heart! (Darn it, we don't have a Kissing Smiley! We need one!).

Whoo! Ember (almost) kissed me. I'm blushing! :oops:

That's Dandy :roll:
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Whoo! Ember (almost) kissed me. I'm blushing! :oops:

:twisted: :D Bring on the kink! :oops: :lol:


:wink: Thank you!

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Well darling, what can I say?...well I know what I can say....

Again, your honesty is to be admired. I read some other replies and the advice is wonderful. Others sharing not only what is happening to their bodies but offering ways to help your body deal with the osteo.
I am sorry to hear that your body has contracted this condition. I'm going to throw some ideas your way and although it maybe a bit trippy, all things are worth a try if they are in no way harmful to your "being". I'm a trippy kinda girl :wink: Being a Reiki Practitioner I am a firm believer in chakra's and energy. Our entire bodies and being is made of energy, constantly moving, never are we still. You may look at a rock and think "well it's just a rock", but inside the rock particles, atoms, energy is moving at great speed, so great the human eye cannot see it. All is energy.

I recommend being in touch with your body. It is said that to heal an ill, is to embrace it. For when you accept the condition, and hold it, only then is it yours to heal. Easy for me to say? Not really, because although I do not feel your pain or condition, the sense of compassion I feel for you makes it hard to speak to you in a casual manner. Meaning, I'm not just gonna blow you off and say "deal with it, build a bridge get over it"...know what I mean?

So,
If you can visualise and feel the osteo as a ball of energy, which it is, it's just not a positive one, it's not "bad" or "good", it's just not positive. It's a blocked energy. So it's bounded itself up in you and causing your body pain. Concentrate on this ball of energy called osteo and make it yours. Try not to see it as separate but as part of you. Own it. Once you have managed to do this, and you will know, the body just knows as well as the mind and spirit. Heal it. Place your hands on the area, focus your energy on the area and heal it. Stop to do this whenever you choose, be it in a queue, in the car, shopping, meditating, anywhere you choose. Do it daily if you choose. Daily is a start.

When we contract something, or develop something we often separate it from us, but in truth it is part of us. Energy is energy so it cannot be separate. We separate ourselves from each other, we separate everything. That's why I am going to try and send you what's called an "absent reiki". If you want info on Reiki I'm happy to share. I'm not claiming myself to be a healer and seer of all...I am just like you, but I've chosen to learn about it, so feel free to ask me if you wish. I will only send you one with your permission. It is no one's choice to interfere with anothers energy without consent, so just let me know.

I hope that you will find what you need to heal it, but I will say that the best person to get in touch with your body is you. I'd like to get in touch but that's another story :wink: ... sorry couldn't resist.

Until next time...take care of you and stay beautiful

Nic xx





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