With the controversies of Fosamax still ringing in the ears of many, more people, even men are filing Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits. Long-term consumption of this drug has been reported to result in a number of unfavorable events. The Food and Drug Administration also endorsed this medicine as a treatment for a less common bone disease called Paget’s disease.
Our bones go through a life-long process where mature bone tissues breakdown and are replaced with new bone tissues. With Paget’s disease of the bone, the breakdown and remodeling of the bone tissues becomes too excessive. The new bones formed are usually misshapen, enlarged, weakened and filled with new blood vessels.
The cause of Paget’s remains unknown although genetic buildup and viral infections in early life are considered. The disease may only affect one or two areas, or it could affect all throughout the body. The areas that are most frequently involved are the bones of the arm, the collar, the leg, the pelvis and the spine.
By and large, patients with Paget’s disease only have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Signs of illness are often believed to be linked with arthritis or other illness.
Symptoms may include:
- Bone pain – the most common symptom and usually occurs on the affected bone or the areas adjacent to the joints
- Enlarged head, headache and hearing loss especially if the skull is affected
- Bowing of the legs and other visible deformities
- Fracture especially on the long bones
- Joint pain or stiffness
- Neck pain
- Warmth of skin over the affected bone
Not all patients need treatment. Those who need to be treated, though, are given medications that help reduce further bone breakdown. Fosamax and other biphosphonates are the most preferred medical intervention at present to help augment bone density.
The prognosis is often positive especially if the illness is managed before majors effects in the bones take place. Among the complications of the disease are, bone deformities and fractures, deafness, paraplegia – or the paralysis of lower extremities, and very rarely, osteogenic sarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer.
Fosamax is given to manage Paget’s disease. Nonetheless, this drug should only be taken with your physician’s order to avoid any adverse events. Furthermore, if you suffered any harm due to long-term consumption of Fosamax, you may have a strong ground for filing a Fosamax femur fracture lawsuit.