I found this humerus
Here's the history: After 20 years with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) my GP sent me for a DEXA scan. It was used as the baseline and showed I was well below normal bone density. My GP doctor told me to take calcium supplements and we'd see what happened. Over the next three years even with calcium, vitamin D, and hormones it just kept dropping. In that period I even exercised! When I went to the osteoporosis clinic they reviewed my diet for natural sources of calcium, kept me on the HRT, and upped the calcium and Vitamin D.
When I went back a year later my bone density had plummeted to the level of actual osteoporosis, not just osteopenia. At that point they prescribed a bisphosphonate - Fosavance. I took it weekly for the next four years and every year the density improved.
When they decided that the time had come to stop the prescription I protested because I was afraid that it would drop again. The doctor said adamantly that they don't treat bone density now: They treat falls risk. One year and one scan after stopping the bone density drug, my density has gone up yet again and is a little better than normal for my age and better than the baseline.
Don't take it from her. Smoking is bad for your bones.
That improved score leaves me wondering. I have read that osteoporosis is systemic, so if the bone density goes up does that mean I no longer have that condition? I will be looking for that answer.
It is also worth noting that during the last 5 years with the improvement I have been taking a biologic drug and also have stopped drinking soft drinks. Maybe that also helped a little.
What I did not even touch in this post was the anger I felt that I had not been informed by healthcare professionals during my first 20 years with RA was that on its own RA is a risk factor for osteoporosis. The basic advice should have been to take calcium and vitamin D and try to exercise even though fatigue and pain made it difficult. I know doctors are busy but this is something that should be covered in a rudimentary hand out for patients with musculoskeletal health problems.