Questions and Answers on Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is most common in women after menopause, but may also develop in men, and may occur in anyone in the presence of certain hormonal disorders, other chronic diseases or as a result of medications.

Osteoporosis can be prevented with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication. Lifestyle changes include regular exercise and learning to prevent falls. Exercise has an anabolic effect which may stop or reverse osteoporosis. Fall-prevention advice includes exercise to tone deambulatory muscles, proprioception-improvement exercises and equilibrium therapies. Some common medications include calcium, vitamin D, bisphosphonates and several others.

04/19/2010 - Questions and Answers

Fracture and no rest

I have an osteoporosis-induced vertebral fracture which keeps me awake at night because of the pain. Resting during the day to heal the fracture is making my night-time insomnia worse. What can I do? Read more

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12/17/2009 - Questions and Answers

Frequent Broken Bones

I've always had the right diet but I keep breaking bones in my legs. My doctor says my bone density is good, but I haven't had a test for it. Could this possibly be medications I'm taking for high cholesterol or high blood pressure? Read more

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10/28/2009 - Questions and Answers

What is Osteopenia and What You Need to Know About Osteopenia

Osteopenia is considered the first stage before osteoporosis. How is it detected? How can osteopeniabe treated? Question My Doctor told me that I have Osteopenia . My BDM is 0.397 T - Score : - 1.6 Can you please explain what is osteopenia and what this means? Read more

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10/28/2009 - Questions and Answers

Osteopenia Treatment: What is the best treatment for osteopenia?

Osteoporosis is a loss of bony tissue, resulting in bones that are brittle and liable to break easily (fractures). Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Explaining bone densitometry

Question I have "minus-3.5 lateral bone loss" of the spine. What does this mean? Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

How long should I take Fosamax?

Question I've been taking Fosamax for about 5 years - my bone density was found to be low. I'm 60. Do I have to take it for the rest of my life? Read more

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06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

How can I Prevent Osteoporosis Fractures without Estrogen Replacement?

Question My doctor tells me that I have osteoporosis and that I am at high risk of fractures, but she advises me that estrogen is not right for me because of my other health conditions and concerns. Are there other medications I can take to prevent fractures? Read more

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04/04/2003 - Questions and Answers

Deciding on a nursing home

I am the main caregiver for my grandmother. Following a fall at home, she broke her hip, and now needs so much care that she really needs to go to a nursing home. But she does not want to. What alternatives are there? Read more

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04/04/2003 - Questions and Answers

Recovery after a hip fracture

My grandmother fell and broke her hip, and has been in hospital. What are her chances of making a full recovery? Read more

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04/04/2003 - Questions and Answers

Paget's disease or bone cancer?

My father is 80 yrs old and was diagnosed with Paget's disease, following a year of severe pain in his knee. But subsequently another physician did another x-ray, and found a mass on the knee, that had destroyed a lot of the matter in the knee. He arranged for a biopsy, but the results of this are inconclusive and my father does not know whether or not he has a malignancy. He has been told that he will require knee replacement, and filling the area with some kind of material. Please could you explain what this all means. Read more

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