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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Overview)

A condition in which bones become weak and brittle.


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How does osteoporosis affect people who have it?

How does osteoporosis affect people who have it?

Depends: In the early stages, there might not be any symptoms. Symptoms in late stage of the disease include: bone pain, loss of height, stooped posture or pain from fractures that occur because of the osteoporosis (hip, wrist, vertebra-lower back, neck pain..) you need to be treated if you were diagnosed with osteoporosis. The condition will not get better on its own. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
1,574 doctors shared insights

Osteoporosis (Overview)

A condition in which bones become weak and brittle.


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What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

None: Most patients have no symptoms associated with bone loss until a fracture occurs. It is important to obtain a dexa or bone density scan to measure bone density and see if osteoporosis or bone loss is occurring. ...Read more

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Living with Osteoporosis (Checklist)

Quit smoking!
Once
Limit alcohol to no more than 1 serving per day
Once
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How can I naturally treat my osteoporosis? Are there natural ways to help treat the beginning signs of osteoporosis?

How can I naturally treat my osteoporosis? Are there natural ways to help treat the beginning signs of osteoporosis?

Vitamin D & Calcium: Everyone's definition of "natural" is different. For example, nothing is more natural that Premarin (conjugated estrogens) which is an estrogen extracted from pregnant mare urine. If you're looking for something that's not fda regulated, then i recommend vitamin d and calcium. ...Read more

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Can you please define osteoporosis?

Can you please define osteoporosis?

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 more

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Osteoporosis (Tip)

Myth: "if my bones don't hurt then i can't have osteoporosis". ...See more

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What would cause a spinal T-score of -6.0 in a 28 yr old female? Im really scared of my osteoporosis diagnoses! Help

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

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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

Only partly: The dexa scan gives the bone mineral density at the hips, spine and forearm. These scores can predict osteoporosis: 't-score' of less than -2.5 is considered osteoporosis. However, many people suffer osteoporosis fractures despite having better bone densities. So, we also use other factors: age, ethnicity, size, family history, prior fractures, smoking, alcohol, other conditions to predict risks. ...Read more

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Osteoporosis (Tip)

Think only women need to be concerned about osteoporosis. Not true. It can happen to men too. ...See more

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Have problem associated with tests for osteoporosis==no money to pay. Cant I just take calcium?

Calcium + Vitamin D: And weight bearing exercise. Taking calcium and vitamin d may prevent osteoporosis. Engaging in weight bearing exercise is equally important for bone health. ...Read more

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Is there an orthopedic surgeon who knows how to fix a cracked hip in a person with osteoporosis?

Most: Hip fracture repairs are one of the most common procedures that adult orthopedists perform in the community. Most adult orthopedists are facile with it. ...Read more

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Osteoporosis (Tip)

Osteoporosis is a "silent" disease, but can be treated if diagnosed on time. Have a DEXA done. ...See 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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What does it mean to have osteoporosis?

What does it mean to have osteoporosis?

Porous bone: Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease characterized by thining or loss of density in bones. It put you at risk for fractures, especially the hip, wrist or vertebra. This condition is diagnosed by a dxa scan (bone density scan). Effective treatments are currently available if you indeed were found to have osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Osteoporosis (Tip)

Weightlessness (astronauts) for two weeks causes severe osteoporosis: bear weight. ...See more

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How do I treat osteoporosis?

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 more

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What type of doctor typically treats osteoporosis?

Many: Start first with your primary care physician. He/she is the one who knows you best. If necessary, she/he will refer you to the appropriate specialist (endo, gyn, rheumatologists, orthopedic, women health...). It's very important to try to find the cause of the osteoporosis rather than just jump directly to treatment. ...Read more

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Osteoporosis (Tip)

Myth: taking osteoporosis drugs without doing regular exercise is going to solve the problem. ...See more

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How is osteoporosis treated?

How is osteoporosis treated?

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 (ibandronate). 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. ...Read more

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