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Can a doctor tell if I have mild osteoporosis from a normal x-ray?

Can a doctor tell if I have mild osteoporosis from a normal x-ray?

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

Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

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


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I'm 60/F, have low D3, B12, cervical spondylosis, osteoporosis, mild scoliosis, possible hypothyroid (TSH=6.8). What's causing me vertigo sometimes?

I'm 60/F, have low D3, B12, cervical spondylosis, osteoporosis, mild scoliosis, possible hypothyroid (TSH=6.8). What's causing me vertigo sometimes?

Well to start with: You must correct the TSH elevation. Clearly, hypothyroidism may be manifesting in you at least as dizziness or vertigo. Also, what are your B12 levels. You said they were low....but there is also a criterion for actually being B12 DEFICIENT even low it appears by laboratory standards you are simply low. That could be another reason. And a 3rd possibility would be positional vertigo. More info. ...Read more

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compression fractures from osteoporosis and mild low blood magnesium level of 1.4 Safe to take epsom salt soaks in the tub? Muscles hurt really bad

 compression fractures from osteoporosis and mild low blood magnesium level of 1.4 Safe to take epsom salt soaks in the tub? Muscles hurt really bad

Safe: The heat of the bath could be more detrimental if you have a heart condition, so don't over do it. The salts are safe. Discuss magnesium replacement with your doctor. Wait until after your baths to use antihistamine if you are using it daily. ...Read more

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What is osteoporosis?

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis ...: Osteoporosis is a disease which decreases the density and quality of bones which can cause them to fracture more easily. ...Read more

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What causes osteoporosis?

What causes osteoporosis?

Genetic factors: At age 31 genetic factors and estrogen deficiency would be the most likely causes. Less commonly cortisone or other steroids, anorexia, immobilization, and a variety of drugs such as blockers of stomach acid secretion and antidepressive agents may cause bone loss. Long term vitamin d deficiency may also be a factor. ...Read more

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Can men get osteoporosis?

Can men get osteoporosis?

YES!: Yes, men can get osteoporosis. Men at increased risk are those who have been treated with certain medicines including steroids (prednisone) or medicines to treat prostate problems or cancer. Thin men or men with a family history are also at risk. Men can have the same testing as women to determine if they have osteoporosis, it is a simple xray test called a bone density or dexa scan. Get tested! ...Read more

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Can anyone get osteoporosis?

Can anyone get osteoporosis?

Yes anyone can, but-: Everyone will start losing bone density usually after their 20's. However, not everyone will get osteoporosis (bone loss to the point of being at higher risk for hip or back factures.) how quickly you lose it will depend on gender, family history, race, medications taken (especially corticosteroids), weight bearing exercises performed in the past and performing now, etc. ...Read more

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