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Osteoporosis

Medications to Relieve the Pain From Osteoporosis

08/04/2008

Question:

My mother is 86 years of age, has had open heart surgury and is on medication for that (if its a help I can give you the name of her tablets) but she suffers from chronic back pain due to osteoporosis and is finding walking a struggle and is a little breathless. She is prescribed calcium tablets daily and takes the once a week tablet, which unfortunately I cannot name at present. Is there any other medication she could be prescribed. Her Doctor just says keep taking paracetomls. She lives on her own and has morning care for personal health reasons. She says she feels very well apart from this pain. It seems such a shame when recovering from open heart surgery and C.Diff that she now suffers with chronic back pain. Please can you send advice?

Answer:

It may be time for your mother to see a pain specialist.  Osteoporosis medications do not do much for pain.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati