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Is bone loss a serious issue in rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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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.
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