Diagnosing osteoporosis

A medical evaluation for osteoporosis includes your medical history, measuring your height, examining your spine for curvature, x-rays, bone mineral density (BMD) test and lab tests.

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Should I be worried?

MParnell
  • By MParnell · New reply yesterday at 9:58 pm
  • 3 replies
  • I am a 57 year old woman (11 years in menopause) who fractured my T-12 vertebrae after taking a fall while hiking last Dec. They fused 3 vertebrae. I just had a bone density scan - my spine T-score is ...

Woo Hoo! 2-year follow up Dexa Results

Sonofdaw
  • By Sonofdaw · New reply May 26, 2015
  • 91 replies
  • I am feeling hugely relieved and very exited. I am at the two-year mark, since I was diagnosed with Osteopenia in my spine and Osteoporosis in my hip. About 3 weeks ago, I got my follow up Dexa Scan and ...

Osteoporosis

Mhairi-45
  • By Mhairi-45 · New reply May 24, 2015
  • 2 replies
  • I was diagnosed with this yesterday , does this condition make my nails split and have ridges on them, only been like this since January this year, thanks ...

DEXA scans can UNDERESTIMATE BONE DENSITY

Youngbones
  • By Youngbones · New reply May 20, 2015
  • 33 replies
  • Hi everyone, Just received Dr Susan Brown's January Newsletter. I've quoted one of her predictions below. I had never heard of this before: that DEXA scan results can be MISLEADING ( I knew they could ...

Osteoporosis Newly Diagnosed? - Sharing Tips & Articles

Lela52
  • By Lela52 · New reply May 13, 2015
  • 38 replies
  • I'm not newly diagnosed but when I posted some articles in another discussion one of our moderators suggested a new discussion for this. So here comes some articles that I think are good to read when ...

New here. Can bone density tests be wrong?

Mintytea
  • By Mintytea · New reply May 12, 2015
  • 32 replies
  • Hi I am new here. Just found your site today. I had just turned 50 (for 3 weeks), went out for a walk and there was ice under a thin layer of snow on a hill, slipped with both feet in the air and fractured ...

does weight loss equal bone loss in dexa results

jjrrmm
  • By jjrrmm · New reply May 12, 2015
  • 29 replies
  • I recently lost 25 pounds. Went for my dexa and it came back--not good. Down 8% in my hip and 3+ in the spine. Could this be due to weight loss? Could it just look this bad and not be ...

DXA Testing Common Errors and Misconceptions

dxaguru
  • By dxaguru · New reply May 4, 2015
  • 49 replies
  • Many members here use DXA scanning to guide in their decision making processes. DXA scanning is not an automated process, and is highly sensitive to operator errors, differences between scanners of the ...

DEXA questions

Sieglinde
  • By Sieglinde · New reply May 4, 2015
  • 9 replies
  • Hi all - I had another DEXA Scan yesterday and wondered what is the point of going for a bone scan when the stupid girl inputs the wrong hight and weight from 18 months ago (hight is now 10cm less from ...

Femoral Neck Radiology

hildegard47
  • By hildegard47 · New reply May 2, 2015
  • 3 replies
  • I went googling yesterday about reading dexa scans on the femoral neck. My last dexa scan showed osteoporosis only in the femoral neck. This followed a series of dexa scans that showed only osteopenia ...

Small Boned Women

mgcov
  • By mgcov · New reply April 29, 2015
  • 28 replies
  • I am a small boned 51 year old woman, who fortunately happens to be married to a radiologist. The DEXA scans vastly underestimates our scores, but there is a way to get a more accurate t score for the ...

7 year DEXA PATTERN

Coveman
  • By Coveman · New reply April 26, 2015
  • 2 replies
  • I would just like some comments on my DEXA history. HIP Year 2007 ==== .609 BMD Year 2015 =====..728 BMD SPINE Year 2007==== .869 BMD Year 2015 === .869 BMD Over this seven year period I have used Calcium/K/D/Magnesium ...

Young Nursing Mother with Vertebral fractures

DanieRN
  • By DanieRN · New reply April 24, 2015
  • 2 replies
  • Hello, Ok this is a lot of info and I apologize for grammar and spelling issues and if a seem to rant. I am a seemingly healthy 29 year old first time mother and registered nurse. My daughter is 11 months ...

diagnosis

fifi555
  • By fifi555 · Posted April 23, 2015
  • 0 replies
  • I recently got out of the hospital after braking my hip and partial hip placement. Twenty months previously I broke the same lower leg in two places and shattered my ankle. I had just gotten back physically ...

Lactroferron

DLS2015
  • By DLS2015 · New reply April 18, 2015
  • 3 replies
  • I HAVE HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS, IT IS BASICALLY COLESTRUM FROM MILK, ANY ONE HAVE ANY NEWS ABOUT IT ...

New Member, New DX

OAYAYF
  • By OAYAYF · New reply March 31, 2015
  • 5 replies
  • Good evening, I was just diagnosed with osteoporosis in my lumbar spine and hip. I am 50 and despite having a fairly 'active' medical history, I always think of myself as healthy. I try to eat healthy ...

IBS and osteoporosis

Annie0524
  • By Annie0524 · New reply March 24, 2015
  • 16 replies
  • Has anyone heard of the connection between have IBS and being diagnose with osteoporosis ...

Lateral Vertebral X-ray

Dancinggal
  • By Dancinggal · New reply March 12, 2015
  • 10 replies
  • I have osteoporosis, age 56, possibly have lost 1/2 inch of height. I get different measurements in each office that I go to. PT recommended a lateral vertebral xray to see if I have compression fractures ...

Osteoporosis pain

amanda2007
  • By amanda2007 · New reply March 4, 2015
  • 3 replies
  • Hi guys I was wondering if you can help me I am in a lot of pain with my back arms and shoulders I'm only 27 but I feel older I was just wondering if there is anything I can do ease the pain I have been ...

Forteo

Lisetta45
  • By Lisetta45 · New reply February 20, 2015
  • 8 replies
  • I been on Forteo since August of 2014. I just find from my general dentist that I have an infection to a tooth that had root canal done 20 years ago, he send me to an Endodontics to check if a re treatment ...

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