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Doctors Handle Osteoporosis
Many: Start first with your primary care physician. He/she is the one who knows you best. If necessary, she/he will refer you to the appropriate specialist (endo, gyn, rheumatologists, orthopedic, women health...). It's very important to try to find the cause of the osteoporosis rather than just jump directly to treatment. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My doctor thinks I might have osteoporosis. Wants more info to confirm, but I am worried. What exactly is it?
Dexa scan: Osteoporosis is very common in both women and men as we get older. Women tend to start losing bone earlier then men particularly at menopause. A DEXA scan is the test for bone loss. It is a simple xray test that is not painful and takes minutes. Some labs may be ordered such as a clacium and vitamin d levels. The most important risk to osteoporosis is bone fractures but many drugs are available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If severe osteoporosis which is secondary was left untreated, what is the worse that can happen? And why would a doctor not treat it?
Fractures: The worst that could happen is a hip fracture which can be very difficult to heal and limits mobility greatly or compression fractures of the spine which leads to chronic pain. It is difficult to say which it was not treated. You should discuss with your dr. And consider seeing a specialist like an endocrinologist to discuss treatment and risk/benefits of treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 30 male. Have osteoporosis. Doc gave ibandronic acid, Gemidro. Said take with water don't lie down for 1 hour. But when do I take it? Morn, eve?
Yes but too late?: Plain xrays will show bone loss when at least 30% of bone has been lost so a normal xray does not mean bone loss is not occurring. A dexa or bone density is a much better test to see if bone loss is occurring. It will show early bone loss much sooner then a plan xray. ...Read more
I believe i can feel my severe osteoporosis in my spine, my doctor says you cannot feel osteoporosis, which is true?
My doc has prescribed actonel (risedronate) for osteoporosis. I can't decide whether to take it or not. What is your suggestion?
It depend on your : Risk factors, if your risk is high it worth it if is not i will try other modalties, some of the side effects include nausea, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, and the risk of an inflamed esophagus or esophageal ulcers. Injected forms of bisphosphonates don't cause stomach upset. And it may be easier to schedule a quarterly or yearly injection ...Read more
Hi I am 60 yrs old weigh 119 pds I have peni not osteoporosis i go for all my doctors every year I do have density in brest. Can evista (raloxifene) help that?
I had a severe allergy to forteo. Doc wants me on prolia for severe metabolic osteoporosis. Is it similar? I don't want to die from injection.
I've a hard/visible lump on the side/back of my rib cage. I've osteoporosis. Injured area 3 months ago. Intermittent pain. Any ideas? Will see doc.
I'm 23.Broke tibia-fibula&had intramedullary nailing a month ago.Doctor told to take alendronic acid once a week.Is it okay? Isn't it 4 osteoporosis?
How can I at age 64 increase my ability to stand straight, run straight, and sit straight without my back hurting. To the surprise of my physician, i was diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 40. Ever since then, i've taken medication to build bone; dependin
You : You may want to consider a personal trainer who is experienced with your age group to advise you on a strengthening program, even weight lifting. Yoga can also be very helpful for posture and strengthening. Be sure to get professional advice though so that you don't incur an injury. ...Read more
Postmenop aldronate weekly 2 yrs and osteoporosis getting worse only in hips. Why would doctor prescripe 24 hr urine test and blood work?
Secondary causes: Hi. Your doc is being thorough, knowing that there are many causes of bone loss other than just postmenopausal osteoporosis. She/he is looking for conditions that may have specific treatments that could help prevent further bone loss. I would do the same thing. And practice fall-prevention if at all possible. The hip fracture is the granddaddy of bad fractures. Good luck! ...Read more
Besides calcium vit d and Fosamax (alendronate) what can be done for my osteoporosis? Im only 28 and my doc said its advanced i have spinal fractures! Im scared
Osteoporosis: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. You're young to have this. Why? Investigated? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers