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How Is Osteoporosis Diagnosed
Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a dxa scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the dxa scan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
What would cause a spinal T-score of -6.0 in a 28 yr old female? Im really scared of my osteoporosis diagnoses! Help
Very low LS T-score: A lumbar spine T-score of -6.0 is extremely low, but is difficult to interpret before menopause because the scoring system was designed for postmenopausal women. Young women with a family history of osteoporosis and/or with anorexia nervosa can have T-scores this low. Fortunately, peak (highest) bone mass is not reached until your early 30s, so your bone density can improve with weight gain. ...Read more
What's the biggest challenges of managing osteoporosis? My mom was just diagnosed at the age of 55.
Life-long treatment.: Currently therapies osteoporisis are decently effective, but require long-term treatment. Medications can be given once a wk, once a month, or even 2x/year options, but calcium supplements/vit d, and weight-bearing exercises are also very important and these require more committment. You/mom should consult with doc for best therapy for her. Good luck. ...Read more
I am having extream hip pain . I am only 16 and resently I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. What could be causing my hip pain?
Unlikely: Your are kind of young for hip pain related to osteoporosis. I would be more concerned about avascular necrosis of the hip which typically effects young people and athletes. A high lumbar disc herniation eg l12/l23 can give hip pain. Mri of the hip and lumbar spine would be a starting point for the work up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with osteoporosis @ 28! Can my bones be replenished and it reversed or is the damage permanent? What can i do? Im way too young!
I was just diagnosed with osteoporosis . Can i reverse this? With exercise. I read on the internet that the injections (boniva) have bad side effects.
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. 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. Medications need to be cycled to prevent thigh bone fractures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Male 30, diagnosed with osteoporosis. Started ibandronic acid 150 mg tab yesterday. Have back, left hip pain from midnight. Can't waIk. Is it normal?
Increased risk Fx: The most important affect that needs to be worried about is the increased risk of fractures to vital areas such as the hip, back, or wrist. Other areas can be fractured also. Loss of height also can occur over the years.There are many treatment options available now and your mother should speak with her physician regarding these. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've been diagnosed with Osteoporosis. What can I do to build my bones? Also, can you reverse bone loss after diagnosis.
Exercise: Weight bearing exercise, calcium, vitamin D, estrogen if you are a candidate for it. You can retard the bone loss. Reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption. Practice yoga or pilates to strengthen the muscles around your bones. There are many drug options. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss the pros and cons. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Since taking calcium 1200 mg + D3 1000 iu have constipation, two pills with meal. Diagnosed with severe osteoporosis just started the regimen. Any sug?
Calcium can: Cause constipation. Citrate is generally less of a problem than carbonate. Don't take it all with one meal, split the dose with several meals and make sure you get in sufficient fiber and water. Check w/your doctor for further info. Vitamin d dose is probably too low as most need 2000 units of d3/day. Won't cause constipation. If your osteoporosis is severe you probably need other rx as well. ...Read more
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