Hello everyone, Pam has been asking me to create a sharepost on strontium citrate and for the longest time i thought "what can i share that is different from what can be read in any number of places on the web?" Well, now i do have something to share, my experience with it for almost three years. When i was first dx with osteo in 2006 i was just like everyone whoes dx with it or any or ther condtion. I was scared, fearful of the unknown and uneducated about what to do. My dr. wanted me to take actenol and i did for 2 months before i decided it was not the path i wanted to take to treat this. I was fortunate that i only had minor side effect...very dry eyes and a feeling of a lump in my throat all the time, but enough to say this was not right for me. Once i decided to quit, they both went away in matter of a week or so. That is the best decision in regard to my health i've ever made. I waited a month to help clear my system of the actenol (i did this on my own) and then started strontium citrate, 2 340mg. caps at bedtime. Then i waited.
I was scheduled or a a DEXA after 9 months of use and whoa and behold i already had improved scores, a 4% gain. I was really excited and determinded to take it till the next one 2 years later. During the 2 years i took the strontium faithfully every night, upped my exercise routine, did more of the walking i already enjoyed doing, tried to eat a healthy diet most of the time and took supplements that support bone heath. I've never had a side effects from the strontium. I did notice as time went on that i didn't have as many aches and pains in my hips and lower back and sitting in a car for several hours didn't cause me to squirm looking for a comfortable postion.
I just had the 2 year DEXA a couple of weeks ago and once again was very happy with the results. When i was first dx in 6/06 my left hip was -1.9, femoral head -2.7 and lumbar spine -2.9. Now after almost 3 years of use i have a 14% overall gain in bone mineral denstiy. The total hip t-score is now -1.1 and lumbar spine -1.9. I wasn't given a score for the femoral head. There were no adjustments made to the DEXA other than stopping use for 30 days prior as requested by my dr. I know the reading may not be 100% accurate and the scores may be off a bit, but i'm still very pleased about the gains i've made. I will continue with strontium for another 2 years and hopefuly get both scores well in to the normal range. I'll keep up the rotuine i've been doing..its now habit and part of who i am. A big plus for me is that i enjoy exercising and being active, and eating healthy is good for all of you, not just your bones.
My dr. was very impressed with the gains i made, but until it becomes FDA approved he won't tell his other osteo pateients about it. Fear has become part of a doctors daily life and they don't want to do anyhting that may cause them problems. You can be sure that i'll be spreading the word. A good friend of mine has been taking it for 2 years and has a DEXA later this month...i hope she has the same good outcome that i've had.