I was diagnosed with copd in 2010. Now I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosi.

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i have been on oxygen since 2012 16 hours a day for my copd I have a lung capicity of 21%. I had severe back pain from November 2013 to March 2014 two x Rays showed up nothing was wrong then I got a mri scan done I had to be sedated to lie down flat that showed my whole lumber spine had collapsed  and two vertabrae's in the middle of my back had collapsed too. I have now been diagnosed with Osteoporosi and the pain is unbearable. My gp prescribed oral morph but the consultant I see at hospital put a stop to it because of my copd. I have been prescribed tramodel  pre-gabilin paracetamol and a few other's which do absolutely nothing. My go has now prescribed diazepam three 5mg a day. And this does help. I am getting so down and depressed with my back. I can't even lie down flat in my bed and I am up most nights I have had bone density scans and this shows thinning of the bones. I am only 52 by the way. My hubby does everything like housework shopping etc. I have also started getting pains in my legs & feet when walking and am praying I don't go off my legs. Am now scared the doc I see at the hospital for my copd now stops the diazepam. It has eased my back abit but not totally. Does anyone have any ideas for me as I can't take much more I am so depressed and don't want Ma husband under anymore stress. Thankyou for taking the time to read this. X 

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    Yes, good advice about aking your blood more alkaline.  There is lots of information about this on line.  Also look up SERRAPEPTASE enzyme and also Devils Claw as a natural pain killer. Both will make interesting reading. 
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    anjay62 - Thinking back, I now recall a situation some years ago with a severe case of osteoarthritic cervical vertebrae. I still have the patient's radiograph somewhere and seem to remember the C4, C5 and C6 discs had been compromised or herniated. Daily pain was agonising. There was no relief until an old GP in Lincs prescribed amitriptyline. I was surprised as I thought the drug had no prospect of success.

    What is amitriptyline?

    Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced.

    Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression.

    Amitriptyline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

    The patient now only swallows a pill when flare-ups occur. Consumption is probably less than 60 tabs per annum. At the same time we should accept that any one prescription might work for some but not for others.

    I have written a few paragraphs on silkmascara's "only 29" thread. However, it is awaiting moderator's attention, probably due to a link being quoted. The entry might not be put up until the next working day. In sum, I can say improvement is taking place. At least the sensation of passing out and collapsing on the sidewalk has gone.

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    Good Day Anjay, I am responding with some information that is helping my mother, she is 77, diagnosed with COPD 23 year ago, She was also diagnosed with Osteoporis about 15 years ago, I am her son and caregiver, she is in an advanced stage of COPD now but last june she was bending over to pick up a piece of paper and suffered a major compression fracture in her back, this was apparently her forth one (according to xrays) but by far this was the worst one, over a %50 drop, she was in extremem pain and I got her into hospital, over a few weeks they found administerring her 6mg of Hydromorphone 3 times a day and 1 capsule of gabapenton 3 times a day has controlled the pain extremely well over the last 7 months.....if it was not for her copd she could function quite well...but her breathing is limiting her ability to go out at all, just thought I would pass this on as it took the hospital two weeks of trying different meds to get her pain under control.

    John in Canada

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    morning Anjay! I feel for you it's rotten being in pain especially most of the time or all the time! I've an idea that might help ease some off the pain it won't completely but it helps ease up alot of the pain It's Vitamin D3 also have you ever been aneamic if not you could be reason being is I'm sure all these medications plus the ones for c.o.p.d like myself can deplete the iron levels which is important for oxygen & Vitamin D3  which is important for the bones growth & strength or healthy bones our doctor prescribed me some & it has helped from a scale of 1 to ten I'd say a 9 almost gone but not totally!

     Have been aneamic a lot in the past but never to the degree off having to take a high dose of iron ferrous sulfate at 250 mgs three times a day then the second lot 2 times a day I had to come of them as they upset my bowl, was before taking Vit D3 getting pains badly in knees ankles arms upper ,lower arms right shoulder back & neck pain & my pace in walking slowed down considerably it was frighning as I have My Son who's six & my grandson who's 4+  who I have full responsibity off & a daughter who lives with me who rarely helps out which isn't good for the mind neither! I'm not as advanced as your c.o.p.d is so I'm not sure if what I've suggested will be of use but I suppose it might be worth a try you never know!

    I'd ask ayour doctor first because you might need a blood test first before being prescribed any off the above mentioned! I was first thought to be in the mild stages then following another spirometry test & some questions I was told i'm at stage 2 well my Pef & Fev-1 levels recently are anywhere between 68% up to 1.11% but mostely between 68% to 98% and  It's always within the red zone I keep a constant check often with a digital spirometer well as you can see mine isn't as serious but I have other health conditions but I think I've written enough already & could proberly end up writing a book at this rate so I'm going to end this message now and hope you find the relief you definately need and get well soon it will be good to know how you get on!?X  

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    Hi, I also have copd and osteoporosis, I have had many rib fractures etc and last year some of the vertebrae collapsed, I had an op to insert cement, this was done under local anaesthetic  due to lung condition, it wasn't very nice but it did the trick, no more back pain. When I have fractures liquid morphine is the only thing that helps, my chest consultant prescribed it, after a while I was given slow release morphine capsules also. I haven't found that this affects my copd at all. I hope your pain eases soon I know what you're going through and I will be thinking of you. 
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