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How often should someone with osteopenia get a dexascan?

How often should someone with osteopenia get a dexascan?

Every 1-2 years: Every 2 if mild and on no meds, once a year if there are other risks factors and on meds (if insurance covers it). ...Read more

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Dr. David Djang
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Osteopenia (Definition)

Osteopenia is a low bone mineral density which puts one at ...Read more


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Do lots of people get osteopenia, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get osteopenia, or is it unusual?

Postmenopausal women: Osteopenia is when bones lose mass and weaken, but not enough for a diagnosis of osteoporosis. It happens most commonly in women who have gone through menopause. Other risk factors are low weight, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, excessive alcohol, and chronic use of steroids. It can only be diagnosed with a bone density test. See your doctor to find out if you're at risk for osteoporosis. ...Read more

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I am a 30 year old female and just got diagnosed with osteopenia. Any ideas why or how I would get this at such an early age?

I am a 30 year old female and just got diagnosed with osteopenia.  Any ideas why or how I would get this at such an early age?

Nutritional Deficit?: The definition of osteopenia is that your bone density is in the lower 15% of young adult women. Think of Normal as getting a "C" in a class. Osteopenia is a "D". As a 30 yr old, you would want to ensure that you are getting at least 1500mg calcium and at least 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Walking briskly four times a week for 30-40 minutes. These are things that will build bone strength. ...Read more

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With osteoporosis at t -3.5 is it possible to get back to being at the osteopenia stage and how long would it take with all the right treatments?

With osteoporosis at t -3.5 is it possible to get back to being at the osteopenia stage and how long would it take with all the right treatments?

Variable: It is certainly possible with treatment to improve your bone density and t score. Typically medications and weight bearing exercise (i.e. Walking, using light weight) are recommended. The time period for improvement will vary among patients, but a repeat bone density test is usually obtained every 1 - 2 years. ...Read more

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Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?

Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?

Yes: Depends on level of instrumentation on whether your spine will be able to be tested and compared to previous. Hips will still be able to be tested in order to risk stratify you. ...Read more

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I have two cysts on my thyroid, diagnosed with osteopenia and have had three unexplained rib fractures. Hyperparathyroidism? Do I need to get checked?

I have two cysts on my thyroid, diagnosed with osteopenia and have had three unexplained rib fractures. Hyperparathyroidism? Do I need to get checked?

UnlikelyButNeedCheck: do not think you have Hyperparathyroidism but I am more concerned about your Osteopenia.Did you have Bone Density Test done.What is your Calcium&VitaminD level Before we do Parathyroid level we need to do Calcium &Vitamin D level and your doctor who diagnosed Osteopenia must have done that.If your Calcium level is normal,you need to find other causes like MalabsoptionSyndromeCeliac,LactosIntoleran ...Read more

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I am 40 yrs old n i've been diagnosed with osteopenia n my knees hurt during walking my job is of cabin crew. Doctor asked me to get mri?

I  am 40 yrs old  n  i've been diagnosed  with  osteopenia  n my  knees  hurt during walking  my  job is of cabin crew. Doctor  asked me to get  mri?

Osteoarthritis?: Osteopenia is a condition characterized by bone demineralization and subsequent loss of structural density. Pain in the knees resulting from your work history would more likely relate to a similar sounding condition known as osteoarthritis. You should review this with your doctor to prevent administration of an unnecessary test. ...Read more

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What is osteopenia?

Low bone calcium: Osteopenia is low but not dangerously low bone calcium. You need to talk to your doctor to see if you need treatment. ...Read more

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What is osteopenia ?

Osteopenia: Osteopenia is a lower than normal bone density, but not so low that it is considered osteoporosis. See your primary care physician to determine what your course of treatment, if any should be. Best of luck! ...Read more