Two years ago, as my bones fractured without a touch and indescribable pain took my breath away, I was not sure that I could go on living. At that time I had already struggled with fifteen years of ever increasing difficulties from Multiple Sclerosis.
A bone density test revealed severe osteoporosis, caused by the aggressive steroid treatments I had received to combat the MS early on.
And yes, hindsight is 20-20!
Had I known then that osteoporosis was the likely outcome, I would not have given my consent. But sadly, the neurologist who treated me at that time did not bother to tell me the truth about the long term effects of that miracle drug.
Now, fast forward to the autumn of 2009. I am 28 days short of completing a two year course of Forteo. The osteoporosis is under control as my bones have strengthened to almost normal density. Forgotten is the fear of breaking bones while lying down or standing idly at a window.
But mind you, I had not been willing to accept this promising new drug on a physician’s recommendation alone. In spite of debilitating pain I had delayed the start of treatment for weeks while I completed my own research. With the full array of risks and side effects clearly understood I made the decision to commit to a two year treatment with Forteo.
And now, twenty eight days from the last daily injection, I am glad to have taken the fully informed risk of this new miracle drug. And a miracle it is when medicine delivers its promise, without silently doing harm.