What they do prescribe is Cacit D. That’s calcium with Vitamin D. And last time I saw the consultant she wasn’t at all pleased with me [laugh].
What did the consultant say to you?
I’ve got the letter that she sent to my GP if you want to see it.
Ok can you read a little bit from that letter?
“Oh, I’m afraid we have a problem here in managing her condition as she is not willing to take any medication advice so far.”
It’s not so, I did take medication for two or two and a half years once. And she goes on, “I did take alendronate”. I refused Risedronate and perhaps the one that you asked me about the injection, perhaps that was Ibandronate. I don’t know. “She’s concerned about the side effects”. And so on.
What is your main concern about the available medication for osteoporosis?
It’s going to make me ill in other respects.
That’s your main concern? Any other concerns about drugs?
No that’s the only concern about drugs. I’ve read about them. And more people die in America from the drugs than from anything else whatsoever. And this is prescribed medical drugs. More people die from those than anything else. I don’t have a high opinion of these pharmaceutical companies. I know it’s all a good money-making thing.
But what has the consultant said to you?
Yes she has tried to persuade me. She has urged me to take it yes.
What has she said? Do you remember?
I can’t remember. I don’t know if it was she who said, “If you break your hip, you’re in danger of breaking your hip. If you break your hip you get pneumonia and you die after five years or two years or something.” [laugh] And leaving her she wished me the best of luck [laugh] that was her attitude. But she did prescribe extra Vitamin D, in fact 1000 International Units. So that’s something I’ve started taking.
So the potential risk is quite serious?
Yes. I’ve got written, here this is two years ago, and it seems to get worse every year. My spine T score was –4.5. So there have been improvements because the spine was previously –4.9. It went up to -4.5. I think the hip was previously –1.3 went up to - 1.8. On the last measurement that I had and this is taking no medication, no drugs anyway for two years at least, the spine had improved slightly but the hip was worse.
What would convince you to start taking medication?
If you knew that the medication really would work. I lose bone terribly quickly, very fast turnover. And if there was one that could actually, that did actually deal with the problem if they knew it would, they could prove that it dealt with the problem.