February 14th 2007
Q: Is the treatment for Osteoporosis different for males than females? I am a 67 year old male. Recently by x-rays of my back, it was stated in the report that I have osteoporosis . In a phone conversation with my primary physician's assistant, he stated that I should be on hormones, but that he would have to run it by the primary physician. Since that time, and this was at thanksgiving, I have tried to make contact, by phone to the primary physician. I was told, by office personnel, that I should make an appointment to discuss the situation. My question is, why is it necessary to discuss treatment face to face? Can't he advise me by phone? What is necessary? My schedule is very irregular and also why the extra expense for an office visit just to say here is what you do and if a prescription is necessary, can't he call it in as has been done on other occasions. I would like to know also, isn't it rather uncommon for a male to have this condition? Could you tell me what is the usual treatment in this kind of situation?