Messages to others with osteoporosis

The people we talked to offered many different types of advice based on their experiences of having Osteoporosis. Here is what they said:
Managing your condition
  • Fractures do heal and you will get better.
  • Exercise and be as active as you possibly can.
  • Go for regular walks.
  • Eat healthily and have a diet which is rich in calcium.
  • Take calcium supplements.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Do not smoke or drink too much alcohol.
  • Medication is very important. Make sure you keep taking it.
  • If you have side effects from your medication go back to your doctor and have it changed.
  • Pay more attention to your footwear. It is important.
  • Doctors are there to help you, but always ask questions.
  • If you have backache ask your doctor to investigate. Don’t suffer in silence.
  • Stay on top of the research evidence.
  • Get in touch with a support group. They can give information and support.
Attitude to life
  • Keep positive even when at times it is difficult.
  • Accept your limitations.
  • Enjoy life.
  • Pace yourself and don’t try and do too much.
  • Don’t feel sorry for yourself.
  • Recognise that as you get older your strength and energy will become limited. It is not just because of osteoporosis.
  • Helping others can help you too.
  • After a fracture don’t lose your confidence and keep being active.

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 Last reviewed June 2017.


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