By chance the other day, I stumbled on your website and heard about possible jaw problems and the drugs I have been taking. I am terrified because I can no longer eat normally. How can I find out whether there is a causal effect between these 2 drugs and my symptoms and are you aware of any test that could reveal if they are beginning to cause damage to my jawbone.
I would very much appreciate any feedback as I am at a loss what to do short of discontinuing these drugs.
I do not think the problem with your jaw is due to jaw bone death; however there is a link between bisphosponate drugs and joint and muscle pain and this might be what is going on. It should be of no puzzle to your specialist. At the very least, you should be taken off these drugs which have no health use whatsoever and are known to cause horrific harm. I am not aware of a specific test other than a biopsy. You will need to talk to your specialist about this.
Why did your specialist prescribe these drugs in the first place? Tell me and I may have further comment to what follows. Do they read the medical research bulletins?
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If you suspect there has been harm from the use of these drugs I urge you to contact Tom Lamb. His law firm is one that is leading the legal battle to get redress for victims. Here is what he has to say about Fosamax:
"Fosamax is Merck's osteoporosis management drug, generically known as alendronate, which is part of a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. Fosamax is used to treat osteoporosis and bone pain caused by some cancers. Recent studies have shown a possible link between using Fosamax for osteoporosis and developing osteonecrosis of the jaw. Osteonecrosis, or ONJ, is the destruction of bone tissue, sometimes associated with interference of the blood supply to bone. Osteonecrosis of the jaw can be very painful and may lead to other complications such as infection, breakdown of the jawbone, ulcerations in the mouth, non-healing wounds, and osteomyelitis (inflammation of bone marrow). Once necrosis begins, it is irreversible. Merck was advised by the FDA in 2004 to include a warning in the drug label but failed to comply until almost a year later."
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