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Doctors Handle Osteoporosis
Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more
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 2 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
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
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