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  • Posted By: just_me
  • August 2, 2008
  • 02:23 PM

I have very fragile bones. After a Dexa radiology examination, it showed that I have Osteopenia. What can I do about it? Can someone help me?

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  • Thank you so much for replying and for the link. Unfortunately I don't know what a lyme is. :(I don't think I have mentioned that I am 25 years old. How old r u? My problem is a bit delicate since the doctors here told me i lose weight on nervous basis although the radiology showed the reverse. The results showed Osteopenia and they told me I was fine. Anyways, thanks again for answering. I hope to treat my bones pretty soon and be healthy again.
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  • I have very fragile bones. After a Dexa radiology examination, it showed that I have Osteopenia. What can I do about it? Can someone help me?hi just_me - here are a couple of websites you may want to check out...http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/296/21/2644 - handout for patients with osteopeniahttp://gotbones.healthdiaries.com/osteopenia/ - interesting blog entry, with some good comments.i'm worried about your weight loss! what other symptoms have you had? any vomiting or diarrhea? if you've had a lot of gastrointestinal issues with this, i'd be sure that you've been checked for celiac disease, which is frequently missed.as for what could be causing the osteopenia, low weight itself can certainly be the culprit, especially if you're not eating enough nutrients or they aren't being absorbed properly. next, look at your med list. have you ever taken a course of long-term steroids? certain water pills can do it too. i'm sure they checked your thyroid level, but just be sure that it's on the list. i'd also see if they've checked a calcium and vitamin d level. smoking and excessive drinking can contribute too. it's also possible that this is just how your bones are, rather than any disease condition. saying someone is osteopenic is based on a mathematical formula, not any specific symptoms. one thing you can do is take a calcium/vitamin D supplement to help prevent osteoporosis in the long run (look at the back of the bottle and to make sure you're getting 1000 IU of vitamin D daily). if you're light-skinned, you only need 20 minutes of summer sunshine to get the vitamin D you need. this goes up to an hour if you're dark skinned. no one gets enough vitamin D from the sun in the winter, unless you live south of atlanta (assuming you're in the US). if you can do some light weights or walking, that helps with bone strength too. did your doctor tell you why you were getting the DEXA scan in the first place? i'm not sure i understand why that was done. hope you get to the bottom of all this soon!
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