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Not Absorbing After Year And A Half
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Hello, I just had a dexa scan the second in 14 months. I went from having a trace of osteopenia in 8/02 to osteoporsis now. I have been gluten-free the whole time and taking calcium. I also have bood tests for calcium levels which came back very good. I just don't know what to think much less what to do about it. If Iam not absorbing the calcium yet it shows up in my blood then where is it going?? If anyone can help please do. Thanks

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I don't understand it myself, although it may be time now to try one of the fancier drugs such as Evista or Fosamax to reverse some of the osteoporosis. I hope your doctor has some theories on this...it is strange to be worse off than where you started!

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are you getting sufficient magnesium, zinc, and vit D with the calcium? there was a study (it's linked on this site somewhere) that magnesium is far more important for celiacs for bone health than calcium... (and too many calcium supplements don't have enough of it! bah on them!)

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Tiffany is right. You need a balance of those supplements. Calcium alone is not enough to make strong bones, but for some reason that is the one that is pushed on the vitamin market. I would check into it.

God bless,

Mariann

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Thanks so much to all for your input. I have been taking a liquid calcium and magnesium called Eniva. When I told this to the doctor he said that there was no proof that magnesium helped. I tell you what everyone that a person talks to tells youa different story. Health store people and chiropractor don't want you to take Fosamax. It really leaves one wondering what is the best thing to do. I have to find someone to put my trust in besides the good Lord. I just wish there was a doctor in our area for Celiac. I had it with out knowing what it was for over 30 years..............does that tell you anything. Thanks again.

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Are you also getting plenty of weight bearing exercise? That's crucial to stimulate bone growth.

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Yes, thanks Tiffany Iam doing strength training usually 4 times a week. I have been on that program for around 4 years. I probably should add walking to that. I have a stand on my feet job but don't move that much. Let me know if anyone has the same problem or any suggestions.

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After being diagnosed with celiac disease I had a bone scan and I had osteoporosis - I went on Evista and then went to an endocrinologist. He did a 24 hour urine test and a lot of other test - I am now a mega doses of vitamin d(from the doctor)and evista I get get tested every 6 months and on my last dexa scan i no longer have osteoporosis but have osteopenia. Be careful with fosamax(?) if there is uncontrolled malabsorbtion this drug should not be taken(check with your doctor) -I found this out in a celiac meeting that hosted Dr Green from Columbia Pres hospital.

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I'll add my two cents worth. Calcium citrate is more absorbable than Calcium carbonate (I don't know what you've got in your Calcium supplements.) It's a pain in the butt because a human body can only absorb 500 mg at a time so I have to take it many times during the day. BUT it works for me! My blood levels are good AND I have stabilized my osteopenia.

I also take about 800 IU of vitamin D with my calcium (Harvard has increased units recommended for women from 400 to 800 IU). And yes, I take magnesium as well.

If your doctor does not understand vitamins (many do not take any nutritional courses in med school), then a naturopath may be helpful.

Carolyn

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14 MONTHS

THAT'S A LOT...

BUT YOU SHOULDN'T FOCUS ON CALCIUM. YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON LYSINE. LYSINE IS THE PROTEIN THAT MAKE YOUR BODY ABSORB CALCIUM. WHY DO YOU MISS LYSINE? PART OF IT BECAUSE OF YOUR TRANSGLUTAMINASE (LYSINE+GLUTAMINE) ANTIBODY.

SO I THINK YOU SHOULD RATHER FOCUS ON LYSINE...

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To All, Thanks but now am really confused!! Never heard of lysine and the person that did the scan said that evista is never recomended anymore!?!?! She said that I should take Fosmax. Andy, why would that add to malabsorption problem?? How does one know if they have malabsorption?? Like I said in above link my boold test for calcium and vit D and vit B came back normal. But then this dexa scan was bad. I so wish I had a doctor that delt with the problems of celiac. The closest one is 3 hours from here.

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It just might be worth a three hour drive for answers!

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Yep, the gyn for my vulvar vestibulitis is 90 miles away (3.5 hours during traffic! blah!), as is the sex therapist whom I see for the condition. A doctor who can help you is worth the time. (It's a pain coordinating with work, but eh... my health is more important.)

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That's strange that Evista isn't recommended anymore. My Mother has taken it for years with great results.

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Hi Gillian, I don't know that for sure because I was only told that by the woman that gave me my dexa scan. If it has helped your mom that is great! I still am reading about different possibilities.

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Sorry it took so long to get back and answer your questions about evista, fosamax and malabsorption. The women who gave you your dexa scan was probably referring to people who do not have any malabsorption problems. Since celiac disease is a malabsorption disease as well as a auto immune disease there is the greatest of possibilities that you still have a malabsorption problem. fosamax works in such a way that it breaks the bone down faster so that the bone will rebuild at a faster rate- ithink -if you go on the web an search osteoporosis you will find out how bone is built up. If you are not absorbing the vits and minerals the body cannot build bone the same way as a person who is absorbing. Evista does not work the same way as fosamax and therefore does not have the same problems for us. If you have not been given a 24 hour urine test there is no way to know what is really going on. It measures the amount of calcium in the urine - If most of the calcium is not being used you might have a deficiency. Also - if there is a lot of calcium in the urine it could be caused by secondary hyperparathyrodism ( not absorbing vit d ). You should find yourself a good doctor one who is aware of celiac and the problems we have. Were do you live - it might be worth the trip to see Dr. Green at columbia pres hospital in new york - he is a leading authority on celiac disease and has a staff that will advise you on all of the ins and outs of staying healthy. Most importantly - we are too young to have osteoporosis and if given the wrong course of treatment the effects could be horrible. Please find a doctor that can help you.

Andrea

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Andy, Just GREAT info!!! Iam so thankful for people like you that help those of us that need such information. I don't know a single person with celiac disease in my area so most of the time I only know what I read. Even the doctors dont seem to know much. I live in Indiana. I will continue to read these boards and whatever else I can find to get the answers. Thank you so very much as well as all the others that responded to this.

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