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Can osteopenia be reversed, as I'm taking calcium, vitamin d and doing more exercises... I don't want to have this in my spine! ?

Can osteopenia be reversed, as I'm taking calcium, vitamin d and doing more exercises... I don't want to have this in my spine! ?

Yes, it is possible.: Osteopenia is decreased density of the bones, it is the precursor to osteoporosis. It is most commonly due to decreased estrogen present in women who have gone through menopause. Being thin, a smoker or Asian are some risk factors. Calcium and vitamin d supplementation along with weight bearing exercise will help improve the density, and therefore the strength, in all spine and other bones. ...Read more

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Osteopenia (Definition)

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I have been diagnose with osteopenia in my spine. I have taken biophoshates before and had terrible side effects do I have another choice?

I have been diagnose with osteopenia in my spine. I have taken biophoshates before and had terrible side effects do I have another choice?

Yes they are: Sure they are several choices:iv biphosphonates such as zolendronic acid, parathyroid hormone can olso be used (forteo)can take modified strogens receptors such as evista (raloxifene).You olso need to continue taking the vit d at least 4.000u daily and need to continue loading the bone with exercise. ...Read more

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I had a DEXA scan today & it showed a -1.1 on the T score card at my lower spine. I was advised this very mild osteopenia. Shud I be concerned?

No: No, I would not be overly concerned. It would be good to do things that help maintain bone mass including weight bearing exercise, adequate calcium and vitamin d intake, avoid smoking, and probably a fu study in about 5 years would be standard recommendations. ...Read more

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Is it really possible to go from t-3.7 severe osteoporosis score to t-2.3 osteopenia in the spine in 7 months by taking strontium ranelate?

Is it really possible to go from t-3.7 severe osteoporosis score to t-2.3 osteopenia in the spine in 7 months by taking strontium ranelate?

See below: It has been said. That strontium can increase bone density test, but this may appear more impressive than it really is because strontium in bone can affect bone density interpretation. Radiologist needs to be informed if you are taking strontium. ...Read more

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I have osteopenia in lumbar spine. Been having low back discomfort and an odd tingly feeling at times. Is it from the osteopenia?

I have osteopenia in lumbar spine. Been having low back discomfort and an odd tingly feeling at times. Is it from the osteopenia?

Osteopenia: No. Osteopenia/osteoporosis are painless. Unless, of course, there is a fracture that occurs. Based upon your age, back pain is likely muscular unless there are sensations down the leg. Muscular back pain is treated nonsurgically with nsaid's, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, and pilates/yoga/piyo. If round 1 doesn't work, you'll need a doctor's rx for mckenzie pt and/or any studies performed. ...Read more

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Dr happy with alendronate 70mg & ca -d supplement for severe osteopenia (t-2.3) in spine. Would strontium citrate supplement be helpful too?

Dr happy with alendronate 70mg & ca -d supplement for severe osteopenia (t-2.3) in spine. Would strontium citrate supplement be helpful too?

Strontium: To my knowledge strontium (ranelate not citrate) is not an approved osteoporosis drug in the usa.

Alendronate is a good and safe drug. What matters is how you take it - with water not food - and how long you have been taking it.

Standard procedure is to check your t-score every 2 years and many of us recommend stopping therapy if consecutive results show no change. ...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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Osteopenia of left femur neck. BMD g/cm2 0.649, T-score -1.8, Z-Score, -0.4. Would this require drug treatment. Total hip and Spine classified normal.

Osteopenia: At age 62 you should be a bit concerned but for now I would strongly suggest you check with the doctor whether or not your need drug therapy.

Please let me know what your doctor said. ...Read more

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All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

If you statement is-: -true, it should be obvious on an MR. In this case I would check 2 be sure that there was not a mixup in identification of whose images are whose. Be sure that they are your images. ...Read more

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In the bone densitometry is reported that I have osteopenia in the ap spine (l1-l4) and osteoporosis in the left femur (neck). Does I need treatment?

Depends...: It depends on how significant the osteopenia is for your age group... Many caucasian females who have passed menopause are @ risk for osteopenia (highest risk) and resultant osteopenia fractures of the hip, distal radius, lumbar spine, etc. See your pcp or ob-gyn for evaluation and possible treatment. Best of luck.! ...Read more

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What is best exercise for osteopenia?

What is best exercise for osteopenia?

Any weight bearing: Exercise is good for low bone density. This can be walking, jogging, running, plyometrics or resistance training with weights. The best form of weight bearing exercise is the one that you do consistently as to support continued bone growth/density stimulation you have to be consistent about your exercise routines. ...Read more

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What are best exercises for preventing osteopenia?

What are best exercises for preventing osteopenia?

Muscle building: Exercises that cause muscle tendons to pull on bones stimulates more calcium to be deposited in that bone. So working muscles against weights or other resistance does more for the bone than aerobic exercises. So lifting weights or doing exercises like pushups that use your own weight against gravity promote bone strength. ...Read more

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Is Bikram yoga a good osteopenia exercise?

Is Bikram yoga a good osteopenia exercise?

Yoga is good: What are your goals? If you are worried about your bone density, then would focus on weight bearing exercise. Yoga is a good exercise in general and definitely activates the muscles as well so would be good for you. Would also consider adding in some light weighttraining as well. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are best exercises for osteopenia?

Could you tell me what are best exercises for osteopenia?

Wt bearing: Walking or slow jogging some wt training all are good
swimming & aqua aerobics while they are good forms of exercise are not as effective for prevention of bone loss. ...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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I am seeing a bone spec on Thurs for osteopenia but was wondering why my Neuro would pound on my back w/ his fist? This caused much pain, and worry.

I am seeing a bone spec on Thurs for osteopenia but was wondering why my Neuro would pound on my back w/ his fist? This caused much pain, and worry.

Percussion tendernes: Gently striking you with a closed fist is a check for " percussion tenderness". When done over the kidneys, a positive response suggests a problem with the kidneys. But it is not intended to create prolonged pain, and as such should be done gently. ...Read more

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I've very rarely had calcium since 13. Very rare supplements. Recent exercise w/out supplement. Cracking at hips. Osteopenia? 30. Female. Sedentary.

I've very rarely had calcium since 13. Very rare supplements. Recent exercise w/out supplement. Cracking at hips. Osteopenia? 30. Female. Sedentary.

While you: Should improve your nutrition including calcium and d no matter what, your symptoms don't suggest osteopenia, but recent change in exercise habits. Osteopenia is is asymptomatic. Check w/your physician. ...Read more

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What are exercises I can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

What are exercises I can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

Several: Weight bearing exercise will increase your bone mass. Since you have stenosis exercises with you sitting or flexed would be comfortable like a bike or on a treadmill with an incline. Yoga and pilates for core stabilization as well. ...Read more

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What exercises are recommended for someone with spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

What exercises are recommended for someone with spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

Core stabilization: Best to see a physical therapist to get good instructions on core stabilzation exercises. ...Read more

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How long does it take for bone density to weaken if unable to exercise for 2 months? Eat healthy, no meds. Have mild osteopenia.

How long does it take for bone density to weaken if unable to exercise for 2 months? Eat healthy, no meds. Have mild osteopenia.

It depends: What do you mean by unable to exercise, walking is exercise and has been shown to prevent sig bone loss. On the other hand with even just a few days of bed rest bone loss will already start to be seen (>12 wks can cause up to 50% dec). Age, vit D level, race and menopausal status effect this as well. Good luck & if possible go for a walk and protect your bones, blood sugar, cholesterol, heart ...Read more

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Calcium & Vitamin D, what else can help with osteopenia secondary to coeliac sprue? Resistance exercise useful? Plz don't say avoid gluten I know.

Calcium & Vitamin D, what else can help with osteopenia secondary to coeliac sprue? Resistance exercise useful? Plz don't say avoid gluten I know.

Weight bearing: Weight bearing exercises are essential in building up bones. You said you knew about avoiding gluten but are you avoiding it? If not, the battle is lost regardless what you do. ...Read more

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Fainted 5 wks ago, deep bruising in oblique back. Moderate pain. If fight thru pain, will brisk walking worsen bruising? Mild osteopenia, need fitness

Fainted 5 wks ago, deep bruising in oblique back. Moderate pain. If fight thru pain, will brisk walking worsen bruising? Mild osteopenia, need fitness

Keep Moderate: People are told exercise is necessary for osteopenia, but the issue is what is exercise and a brisk walk definitely qualifies and even a moderate walk should prevent further loss. Don't push it. Exercise to the degree you can and as your body heals you can push harder. "Pushing through the pain" could do more harm than good when there is a significant injury. ...Read more

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I had esophageal dilation Jan 7th & have had upper burn back/chest pain since. What could it be. I'm very thin & have osteopenia. Fractured vertbrae?

I had esophageal dilation Jan 7th & have had upper burn back/chest pain since. What could it be. I'm very thin & have osteopenia. Fractured vertbrae?

Hard to say: There are multiple possibilities. It could potentially be more procedure related. It is possible that a person with osteoporosis can have a fracture from a fairly minimal event. I would not hesitate to be seen and examined, which would go a long way in determining the likely cause. ...Read more

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Have pain and hemangioma at lumbar 2, dc with CT scan. Now what? Flank and back pain. Osteopenia. Ct scan diagnosed hemangioma.

Have pain and hemangioma at lumbar 2, dc with CT scan. Now what? Flank and back pain. Osteopenia. Ct scan diagnosed hemangioma.

Usually incidental: A vertebral body hemangioma is usually an incidental finding and of no clinical significance. Some radiologists won't even bother mentioning them in reports. Highly unlikely that it is causing any symptoms. ...Read more

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61 y/o wf. History arthritis, osteopenia, GI issues. Hip/joint/back pain, wt gain. Recent extreme night sweats localized to lower bk, abd, hips. Any ideas?

61 y/o wf. History arthritis, osteopenia, GI issues. Hip/joint/back pain, wt gain. Recent extreme night sweats localized to lower bk, abd, hips. Any ideas?

? medication effect: Unless the sweats are associated with fevers, malignancy or hormonal imbalance, I wonder whether antiinflammatory medications such as Aspirin or nsaids or even tylenol (acetaminophen) are causing the nocturnal sweating. If you are taking these in the evening, try stopping them to see if the sweats disappear. ...Read more

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Lower back pain w/tingly sensations in legs & back. Is this a bone fracture from osteopenia? No dairy/supplements in 8 months. Age 30/female/sedentary

Not necessarily: A fracture. You could have any other things rong like a herniated disc or the likes. You should see an orthopedist and have it checked out. ...Read more

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Does osteopenia cause pain?

Does osteopenia cause pain?

No: increases risk: Osteopenia means your bones have lost some of their mineral content, but probably not enough to greatly increase fracture risk. Osteoporosis is more severe mineral loss that does increase the likelihood of fractures. Neither causes pain unless you actually break a bone. (if you have either, be sure your vitamin d level is high enough. Your doctor can do a blood test. But don't overdo vitamin d.). ...Read more