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What causes you to have a loss of height when you have osteoporosis?

What causes you to have a loss of height when you have osteoporosis?

Fracture: Compression fractures of the spine lead to height loss. The bone collapses and you shrink.. These can be painfree, so if you lose more than an inch in height, see your doctor and consider an 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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Does extreme weight lifting causes increased loss of height in elderly age?

Does extreme weight lifting causes increased loss of height in elderly age?

NO: Height is genetically preset , very little alteration one can do with diet, exercise , and environment ...Read more

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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?

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?

Problems: I am sorry to hear of your issues. At your age height loss might be correctable but you had best hurry to an orthopedic surgeon. If the surgeon has already told you that improvement on your back is unlikely, please get one more opinion. Keep me posted please. ...Read more

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Can you have a loss of height from heavy weight lifting?

Can you have a loss of height from heavy weight lifting?

No: Your height is dependent on your bone structure, not muscle mass. So, you will not lose height by lifting weights. However, since gaining mass will make you look wider, it may give you the illusion that your height has decreased, even though it is not the case. ...Read more

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Loss of height at 20 years old? Is that possible?

Loss of height at 20 years old?  Is that possible?

Unlikely: Unless the person has a debilitating bone disease, it is very unlikely. Most likely is that person was measured inaccurately or with different methods. ...Read more

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Can severe osteoporosis in the neck cause the discs to collapse and make you lose height? And cause horrendous pain?

Yes and no.: Severe pain in the neck could come from a collapsed vertebra or from a protruding disc irritating a nerve or the spinal cord. The osteoporosis doses not cause a disc to collapse. Xrays or MRI may help explain the pain. ...Read more

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What do you do for an anterrior wedge compression fx.L1 vertebral body with 50% loss of height, 30% superrior endplate retropulsion dextroscoliosis ?

What do you do for an anterrior wedge compression fx.L1 vertebral body with 50% loss of height, 30% superrior endplate retropulsion dextroscoliosis ?

Jibberish: You are trying to interpret a complex interpretation of x-rays and/or mri. These are just visual descriptions of the films. More important are the clinical symptoms and the interpretation of your problem by a competent physician. Sounds like a traumatic event in your upper back with compression and shifting of the bones of the spine. Not much can be done, but surgery may be an option. ...Read more

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My mum 92 is currently on glutamine for dementia and protos for osteoporosis. Can it worsen her dementia as protos can cause memory loss?

My mum 92 is currently on glutamine for dementia and protos for osteoporosis. Can it worsen her dementia as protos can cause memory loss?

Maybe (not) . . .: I suspect that your mum isn't being cared for in the states by your pronoun choice and medications being used. Please understand that most if not all physicians on this website practice in america which makes it difficult to keep track of & up-to-date on drugs used outside of states. In researching your question, it appears that some people are worried that glutamine & strontium might worsen ad. ...Read more

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Does loss of height (1 inch) indicate that my spine is becoming more compress? Used to do a lot of weightlifting, lumbar and lower feel compressed

Loss of Height: Loss of height is a natural part of aging, and some people start losing height as early as age 30. It is not uncommon for people to lose 1/4" of height every decade after age 40. Men generally have more muscle mass and lose bone more slowly than women, and therefore do not lose height as rapidly. Loss of height of 1" at 25 is highly unusual, and should be investigated by your physician. ...Read more

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