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What is bone mineral density testing?

What is bone mineral density testing?

Dexa scan: It is a radiologic test, x-ray procedure, to examine the bone density and is used in forecasting the risk of fractures. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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8 weeks ago took levaquin (levofloxacin). Since then bones hurt, arms twitch, lost 20 lbs (not trying)headache with numbness, legs weak. Any ideas? Levaquin (levofloxacin) toxicity?

8 weeks ago took levaquin (levofloxacin).  Since then bones hurt, arms twitch, lost 20 lbs (not trying)headache with numbness, legs weak. Any ideas? Levaquin (levofloxacin) toxicity?

Not likely: The symptoms aren't due to the antibiotic taken 8wks ago. In fact, it sounds like the original diagnosis was likely a viral infection. The symptoms you describe sounds more consistent with a post-viral inflammatory syndrome where the immune system has, for some reason, started to attack your own cells of the nervous system. This is something you should see your doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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I have pain in my ankle. My X-ray shows that my bones are fine. If my ankle is slightly tapped, it gets extremely painful. What should I do?

I have pain in my ankle. My X-ray shows that my bones are fine. If my ankle is slightly tapped, it gets extremely painful. What should I do?

Xrays: Agree with previous answers and add that it could also be tendon pain or due to your history of "tumor", these may not viewable on xrays. Agree if rest, ice, immobilization iwth strapping/ brace and antiinflammatory meds don't help, get evaluated and possible advanced imaging (mri). Best of luck. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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How painful is bone graft surgery from your hip for dental implants?

How painful is bone graft surgery from your hip for dental implants?

Quite Painful : It is quite painful and can cause disturbances in your ability to walk for a while. It's also necessary to stay in the hospital for at least a day following surgery. The good thing is that it is almost never necessary any more. If you would like a referral, i know a brilliant implant surgeon in your city who can help you or at least do a second opinion. His consultations are free for implants! ...Read more

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What is bone mineral density testing?

Dexa scan: It is a radiologic test, x-ray procedure, to examine the bone density and is used in forecasting the risk of fractures. ...Read more

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At what age should I starting getting bone mineral density testing and a bone scan?

At what age should I starting getting bone mineral density testing and a bone scan?

65 for most women: It is recommended to get a dexa scan at age 65 for most women, sometimes earlier if significant risk factors for osteoporosis are present. I think when you say "bone scan" you are referring to the dexa (also sometimes abbreviated as dxa) scan. See: http://sgoti.Ws/py5wtb. ...Read more

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Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more