Left Alendronic Acid! Looking for supplement suggestions

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I had some concerns when I started AA a few months ago. Some may have been caused by taking an Aleve too soon before bed. Who knows? I didn't have the stomach pain a few weeks later. However, I noticed strange sounds coming from my jaw about three weeks ago and just odd sensations. I know an AA side effect was some horrible jaw tissue separation or something. This frightened me and I quit it. The little battle that goes on in my brain tells me this couldn't happen that soon! This time I felt that I needed to listen to the other voice that says to look for something safer to treat my bones.

So, I need to find good alternatives that don't necessarily have me taking a zillion supplements.

Looking for suggestions on a highly recommended course of action. At present, I'm not taking anything other than calcium in my diet.

Thanks for your help.

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    If you google healthunlocked my osteoporosis journey you will find my account of what I did.  May help you get started.  The only supplements I think are crucial ar Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 (not K1).  Mostly we can get what we need from food, although calcium is usually recommended and sometimes a few other things, like magnesium, if there isn't enough in the diet.  

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      Thanks. I did sign up for Health Unlocked, too. Do you recommend one supplier over another? I see suppliers like Natures Bounty at the grocery store and they often have two for one sales. Sounds like you don't take a calcium supplement.

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      I do actually take calcium supplement.  Right now I take 1/3 the recommended daily dose of a special bones one which includes a lot of micronutrients as well, and the daily recommended dose of calcium citrate with magnesium and a couple of other things.  I take K2 and D3 separately, and also because I have osteoarthritis I take glucosamine, complete B complex and mixed tocopherol E (I alternate the B and the E - take on alternate days - as I'm not sure how good an idea it is to take a lot of either of them in the absence of a deficiency).  

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      Sorry, I can't get into recommending brand names or anything.  Some grocery stores have dietitians or wellness counsellors on staff so you could consult with them.  There's a website called healthline which has good information about the various nutrients although it doesn't not discuss brands.  I find taking things in powder (inside a capsule) or oily form (also inside a capsule) depending what it is works much better for me personally than solid tablets for most things, including calcium.

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    LORRAINE,

    I took alendronate for only 3 weeks and my bite changed because my teeth shifted. I also stopped. I am following the Canadian micronutrient protocol that moved the participants from osteopenia / osteoporosis into better bone density after one year. Interestingly they got their calcium from dietary sources but added strontium citrate. Exercise was encouraged.

    I found I was too weak and fatigued to do more than taichi or slow treadmill. Lately at around 8mgm of pred I am able to do more exercise. I found easy exercises on youtube called growyoungfitness- perfect for pmr cripples like me.

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      Possibly this - google combination of micronutrients osteoporosis for a link to a study which showed that supplements and exercise could work as effectively as medication to improve bone density. I didn't follow the protocol exactly but what I did certainly helped my bone density. The study is just one arrow in the natural treatments quiver, natural in the sense that you aren't using a pharmaceutical to treat the bone thinning. It can be argued that supplements aren't really natural. But used sensibly they do not come with side effects.

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      thankyou Anhaga, i found the article easily..... very interesting.

      Did you find the combinations of micronutrients in one supplement or did you use a number of supplements?

      May i also ask what exercises you did?

      thanks.

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      I didn't really follow the protocol. I've been taking a separate Vitamin K2 supplement, plus my calcium capsules come in a formula for bones which includes many micronutrients. Occasionally I have soak in Epsom salts or take a magnesium capsule. Mostly I rely on a diet which is mostly vegetable based although I do eat cheese and yoghurt, and try to get enough protein.

      I have a load of physio exercises collected over the years for various problems. I can still manage a few yoga exercises. I took up tai chi, though classes not offered these days and I keep forgetting now. I took up Nordic walking (keeps spine strong and posture upright) and often when I walk or even just around the house I wear a weighted vest.

      All this is in my account which you can find google healthunlocked my osteoporosis journey. 😃

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