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I turn 17 next month and have severe idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. I have been taking idrophos and calcium after a femur fracture 2 years back. I have lost height due to vertebral compression.
Can the height loss be reversed or corrected in any way?
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
Medications: Before treating osteoporosis a variety of tests should be done and a history should be taken to determine, if possible, the cause of the problem. A variety of medications can be used to prevent bone loss including estrogen, bisphosphonates and denosumab. For severe osteoporosis teriparatide, a drug which builds bone can be used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dexa scan: There are a mber of ways to check for osteoporosis. A simple x-ray alone is not adequate because it can be over it under penetrated to make the bone appear more or less dense than it is. A deca scan is by far the most common test for osteoporosis. In this test, the bone density of you spine, hip, and wrist is compared to normal bone and an age matched control. ...Read more
Disease: Osteoporosis is a disease where the affected person has low bone mass and deterioration of the bones. This results in fragile bones and and increase in susceptibility to fractures and broken bones. Risk factors: gender (female) and age (post-menopausal). Excercise and calcium supplementation... In children (fortified milk) and young ladies are important, life-long preventive measures. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several: Several factors increase your risk for osteoporosis and subsequent fracture at an early age: premature menopause, certain medications (pronged steroids, excessive thyroid supplementation, aromatase inhibitors), certain medical conditions (hyperparathyroidism, celiac sprue, rheumatoid arthritis), excessive alcohol use, smoking, eating disorders, and physical inactivity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Osteoporosis: The list of therapies for osteoporosis is ling. You can find the list on the web. If your doctor has ordered a bone density study and used the result to prescribe a specific medication. If you have not had a bone density test you should not take any osteoporosis drug until you have had your bone density study. ...Read more
Very difficult to do: So. It depends on the cause. If its due to being in a cast for a broken bone, then exercises, under a therapist's supervision would help considerably, to make the bone stronger and usually it can come back towards normal, in young age. Age related (over 50), with post-menopausal status or associated with use of drugs etc, then its getting rid of is difficult. Discuss with your doc.. ...Read more
Risk factor: Osteoporosis is the loss of calcium from bone with subsequent loss of structural strength. Therfore it should be considered a mechanical risk factor as there is no pain unless there is a fracture. Like a disease, osteoprosis has treaments that improve bone density and strength and reduce the risk of fracture. Testing for osteoporosis is considered similar to testing for breast cancer with mammog. ...Read more