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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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A recent hand X-ray noted "demineralization." I have osteoporosis from 20 years of depakote. Are the demineralization and osteoporosis related?

A recent hand X-ray noted "demineralization." I have osteoporosis from 20 years of depakote. Are the demineralization and osteoporosis related?

Yes: Demineralization means loss of minerals like calcium, phosphorus ; magnesium. In osteoporosis the bone formation is less than bone loss. Bone loss is due to minerals loss. This makes bone less dense and brittle; prone to fx. Happens in postmenopausal woman ; >60 y man. Depakote causes osteoporosis in 0.41%. Recent study shows out of 28388 persons, only117 had osteoporosis. Your CML causes osteo. ...Read more

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I am currently suffering from 5 hip replacement severe scoliosis arthritis in spine and hands deterioration of 3 discs osteoporosis n more conditions?

I am currently suffering from 5 hip replacement severe scoliosis arthritis in spine  and hands deterioration of 3 discs osteoporosis n more conditions?

Suffering: It sounds like you are really suffering. Would like to help. Unfortunately I do not see a question here. What would you like us to help you with? ...Read more

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Can osteoporosis be treated?

Can osteoporosis be treated?

Osteoporosis treat: Osteoporosis can be treated. At your age it would be unusual to go right to a prescription unless it was severe, you already had fractures, or other medical conditions you might have. For most people your age, a good diet and exercise will go a long way towards good bone health. ...Read more

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How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a dxa scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the dxa scan. ...Read more

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Is having osteoporosis serious?

Is having osteoporosis serious?

Yes: Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures which can lead to chronic back pain, hip fractures are also very serious and have increased morbidity and mortality. In other words people don't do well after hip fracture and may never fully recover. ...Read more

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What is osteoporosis? Who gets it?

Osteoporosis.: Osteoporosis is demineralization (loss of calcium) of the bone. It comes in two types, osteopenia which is the condition of weakening bone which precedes osteoporosis. Risk factors include menopause, immobility, chronic steroid use, hyperparathyroidism, etc. ...Read more

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What are some signs of osteoporosis?

What are some signs of osteoporosis?

Bone fragility: Easy fractures of bone under minimal or normal conditions. Repeated fractures, stress fractures, spinal compression fractures, etc. Loss of height due to spinal compression fractures. Back pain, developing back hump. ...Read more

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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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