6 doctors weighed in:
Is bone loss a serious issue in rheumatoid arthritis?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Manyfold. Reasons include pain related inactivity.
Many meds can potentiate bone loss, most commonly steroids and some with mtx. Finally, patients frequently get a reduced appetite and do not get adequate calcium or vit d. And if the inflammation is not controlled, the body remains "catabolic, " or in a tissue breakdown mode. See you rheumatologist for the best ways to prevent this. Rx is there.

In brief: Yes.
Manyfold. Reasons include pain related inactivity.
Many meds can potentiate bone loss, most commonly steroids and some with mtx. Finally, patients frequently get a reduced appetite and do not get adequate calcium or vit d. And if the inflammation is not controlled, the body remains "catabolic, " or in a tissue breakdown mode. See you rheumatologist for the best ways to prevent this. Rx is there.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors