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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2 tests, 2 years apart!

sparky50
  • By sparky50 · New reply June 20, 2012
  • 5 replies
  • Hi, I had a bone density done on 5/11/2010 and another on 5/24/2012. T- Scores for 5/11/2010 were: AP Lumbar Spine: -3.3 Femoral Necks: -2.2 T and Z Scores for 5/24/2012 were: Spine T score: -3.3, and ...

DEXA questions

Sieglinde
  • By Sieglinde · New reply June 16, 2012
  • 8 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 ...

Newly diagnosed 26 year old

sezerix
  • By sezerix · New reply June 16, 2012
  • 3 replies
  • Hi guys, My partner just got diagnosed with Osteoporosis. He is 26 years old and cracked a rib in a big hug, which prompted us to check out why. His scores are: Fem Neck: T-score -3.52 Z-score -3.26 Troch ...

Chronic Kidney DiseaseMineral and Bone Disorder

KMFDallas
  • By KMFDallas · New reply June 14, 2012
  • 1 reply
  • The bone changes from CKD-MBD can begin many years before symptoms appear in adults with kidney disease. For this reason, the disease is known as a “silent crippler.” If CKD-MBD in adults is left untreated ...

why was calcitonin, vitamin D etc started so late?

mgshelly
  • By mgshelly · New reply June 12, 2012
  • 2 replies
  • My mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis 6 months ago. She has aplastic anemia as well and has been taking cyclosporin for nearly 18 years. H.er osteo came on suddenly and with unbelievable pain in her ...

Dexa scan question

patty0930
  • By patty0930 · New reply June 4, 2012
  • 3 replies
  • The question I have is this: I was in auto accident broke 3 vertebrae..being treated bt Ortho,my MD did a dexa scan while I had collasped vert. Would the dexa scan T-scores be correct if vert not healed ...

Test for Parathyroid

Dolly-CA
  • By Dolly-CA · New reply May 27, 2012
  • 9 replies
  • What type of test determines if you have parathyroid disease? Is this something that is detected on a blood test or is it a specific test ...

Chronic Kidney DiseaseMineral and Bone Disorder

KMFDallas
  • By KMFDallas · Posted May 17, 2012
  • 0 replies
  • I found this quite an interesting article! CKD-MBD occurs when the kidneys fail to maintain the proper levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, leading to abnor mal bone hormone levels. CKD-MBD ...

Can spinal bone scan hot spots be confused with osteoarthritis bone spurs?

HighImpactLover
  • By HighImpactLover · New reply May 16, 2012
  • 4 replies
  • Please, I have just a couple of questions that would help me out immensely. GP's really don't know about this. I would really appreciate any input on this subject. (1) Can compression fractures on bone ...

Vitamin D Level

Nancy08
  • By Nancy08 · New reply May 15, 2012
  • 27 replies
  • I have been trying to increase my level of vitamin D but it has been a very slow process. Anybody knows how much can you take a day? I am taking 7.000 i.u a day, and my test was only 35 after 5 months ...

New vs Old Spinal Compression Fractures- how new is new, how old is old?

HighImpactLover
  • By HighImpactLover · New reply May 15, 2012
  • 3 replies
  • I understand bone scans and MRI's can distinguish between new and old spinal compression fractures. I was wondering what is considered new versus old- eg what is the cut off: 1 week, 1 months, 1 year ...

unsure of what is wrong with my back?

cinthom
  • By cinthom · New reply May 3, 2012
  • 24 replies
  • I have been suffering with low back pain for about 2 years now but it seemed to get worse in my last pregnancy which was about a yr and half ago and that was a bad pregnancy with my boy being born 2 months ...

Genetics of Bone Density

KMFDallas
  • By KMFDallas · Posted April 25, 2012
  • 0 replies
  • This is an interesting new development.... A new study linked 32 novel genetic regions to bone mineral density. The findings may help researchers understand why some people are more susceptible to bone ...

What causes Osteoporosis

Nancy08
  • By Nancy08 · New reply April 25, 2012
  • 6 replies
  • I found a good article about what causes osteo, maybe some of you have seen it, I just want to share it: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/prevent_o steporosis.html ...

Thinking to stop taking alendronate (Fosamax)

Hnotes
  • By Hnotes · New reply April 14, 2012
  • 10 replies
  • I am 56. My T score for left hip was -2.0 and -0.5 for spine in Sept 2011 In Sept 2008, T score for hip was -0.9 with -1.7 neck Dr prescribed me Fosamax because of "low risk" on my neck and hip. I took ...

Different Bone Test?

AnnahD
  • By AnnahD · New reply April 10, 2012
  • 2 replies
  • I know this is most likely a really dumb question but here goes anyway... What if any is the difference between a DXA and a MG Bone/Densitometry test? If so, is a DXA better than the other? No where on ...

Tired of osteoporosis

Nancy08
  • By Nancy08 · New reply April 7, 2012
  • 12 replies
  • I bent down today to pick up something on the floor and had sharp pain on my ribs and now when I take a deep breath I feel pain. Dont know if I broke a rib. I am taking all the supplements: 5.oooi.u D3 ...

45 Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

ewcollins
  • By ewcollins · New reply April 7, 2012
  • 3 replies
  • 45 Things Physicians and Patients Should Question - http://www.medpagetoday.com/upload/2012/ 4/4/topfiveFINAL.pdf There it says, "DEXA scans for osteoporosis – the minimum ages for which bone density ...

DEXA Adjustments Needed For Those Taking Strontium

lilypads
  • By lilypads · New reply April 5, 2012
  • 8 replies
  • This is a post by Windblown from another discussion, but I think it's important that it be searchable and findable, since it's about a question that's often asked. _______________________________ My doctor ...

GP's to be paid to discover osteoporosis

mga1500
  • By mga1500 · New reply April 4, 2012
  • 6 replies
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/health news/9179396/Thousands-to-be-sent-for-sc ans-as-GPs-paid-to-spot-brittle-bones.ht ml I do hope that this initiative is for the "right" reasons and not just to ...

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