Patient Comments: Osteopenia - Causes


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Comment from: warrior, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I believe my osteopenia is a result of drinking too much coffee, which depletes calcium in the body. I have been taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D for many years, but in the last few years, I have been drinking too much coffee. I exercise nearly every day and it is a routine part of my life. So I do not drink or smoke. I exercise a lot. It's interesting that this article doesn't mention coffee. My yoga guru told me about the calcium depletion that occurs from too much coffee.

Comment from: Mary, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I have mild osteopenia possibly due to not using my foot for a while from some fracture and a Lisfranc injury.

Comment from: Cjk, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

Long term prednisone use to treat rheumatoid arthritis was the cause of my osteopenia.

Comment from: Yung, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

Sickle cell disease caused my osteopenia.

Comment from: Wakenda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I have had Crohn’s disease for 44 years. Many years of prednisone, ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), Solu-Medrol use has contributed to my osteopenia. I am also lactose intolerant and only eat cheese and Lactaid milk. Many years of deficiencies in iron, B12, B6, copper and zinc have added to my issues.

Comment from: Noz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I just fell in early July and fractured my metatarsal. Nine days later I tripped due to the moon boot I had to wear. I then had a DEXA scan in early October and got the diagnosis in the post today that I have osteopenia. I just turned 59 yesterday. Gutted.

Comment from: Pmpp, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I found out 6 months ago, I had osteopenia. It was discovered by a routine vitamin D blood test that I had a critically low vitamin D level. I’ve always had lower back pain, I had a spinal fusion L4-L5 and L 5-S1 when I was 40. I’m now 55, and have been going through menopause for 6 years. But it was I who uncovered that I had a critically low vitamin D level 3.5 years ago, and it slipped through my doctors’ hands. Now I have osteopenia.

Comment from: Joanna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I am a former competitive natural bodybuilder and my calcium and vitamin D intake was very poor. My caffeine intake was about 200 mg a day and I still lift weights. My lack of supplementing calcium and vitamin D is my downfall which caused osteopenia. I am a nondrinker and nonsmoker.

Comment from: Clarkie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have osteopenia, unfortunately inherited from my poor mum. Although I knew she had osteoporosis I was unaware of my chances of also having this disease. I found out about it due to constant complaining of wrist, hip, and lower back pain. I'm at the beginning of all of this so it's hard to understand. Is there no cure, what a miserable horrible disease; constant pain! Good luck to all you fighters, it looks like I'm in with you.

Comment from: Snowlady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was on Depo-Provera (a quarterly birth control shot) for over 5 years. My doctor told me Depo-Provera would zap my bones but I never knew how badly. Plus, he never mentioned that one shouldn't be on Depo-Provera for more than a few years. It wasn't until my hips started hurting when I sit for long periods and they would 'pop' like cracking knuckles that I thought there must be something wrong. My regular doctor thought it might be arthritis. A second doctor thought otherwise and sent me for a bone scan. Boy, was I shocked! Osteopenia, or borderline osteoporosis.

Comment from: bj, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 12

My bone scan over 10 years ago was good. This recent scan was made because I was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism disease. This condition takes calcium out of your bones. Your calcium blood count is normal at 9 and anything above indicates the disease, which can only be cured by surgical removal of one or more of the glands that have tumors. My bone scan indicated some osteopenia.


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Comment from: Reba, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 20

My son has been taking valproic acid for seizures for the past 15 years. Unfortunately, it wasn"t until he suffered a hip fracture last year that we discovered he has osteopenia. My mother instinct tells me it"s from taking the medication for epilepsy because he used to jump out of his crib and fall a lot and he never suffered a broken bone until last year (and it was a short fall from one step up). He also fractured his finger last year getting off the swing. He has a rare syndrome called 4P. We should have started supplements from the start with the Depakene (valproic acid), calcium, vitamin D, folic acid, etc.

Comment from: hot rod, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

Not unusual at my age but I believe the cause is dietary and not enough weight-bearing exercises. At age 20 I became allergic to most dairy products. This includes milk, eggs, cottage cheese eaten directly. Indirectly I can eat eggs if mixed with a food, not French toast which is direct, but pie, cake, etc. I can still enjoy cheese in small quantities. I have had degenerating disks since I was 30, which limits a lot of exercises because of sciatic pain. I can exercise on a resistance training machine, but not as long as I should be. At 50 I had a hysterectomy and hormonal change can contribute.

Comment from: Chris, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I've just been diagnosed with Osteopenia, I would say this is due to having celiac disease for 8/9 years before being diagnosed and having 3 pregnancies one being twins, I hope it can be controlled as I’m a very active woman.

Comment from: rumsis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I had minimal radiation therapy for DES related vaginal cancer. This means the hip joints and lumbar spine to tailbone were exposed to radiation which "eats" bones. Five years later, using a DEXA scan, came the diagnosis of osteopenia. I lost two inches in height in this time period and have had a backache the entire time. I am sensitive to chemicals so I have tried healing it with the natural approach and afraid I'm losing the battle.

Comment from: DJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I feel like I just read my story in the last post I read. I am in constant pain in my low back, pelvic, neck, wrist, etc. I too cannot take pain medications due to my system’s reactions. I always have bad side effects. I was diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction and other problems with my pelvic floor. My low back hurts so bad all I can do is lie with ice pack for relief. I have been to an orthopedic doctor; all he did is take an x-ray and say my spine is straight. My last test last week shows osteopenia. I knew this as for the last two years I have had a hard time walking. I am not even 60 and used to be very active. Now I can’t do much. Now I have moderate risk for fracture. I was put on high doses of calcium and vitamin D3. I am very active even though I am in major pain. Osteopenia is so very painful so for the one that said her doctor told her it wasn"t painful is wrong. I will work on getting the acidity down as this will hurt your bones. Good Luck to all.

Comment from: Tigerlionbear, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

My asthma steroid inhaler Flomax and Pulmicort caused my osteopenia.

Comment from: christine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I believe I have osteopenia because I gave birth to my first child at age 22 and my second 13 months later. I also breastfed both for 4 months. This meant that I was either breastfeeding or pregnant for 25 consecutive months. I have heard that pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the bones. I have also heard that the density of bones reach their full density at about aged 25-30. I was pregnant at 21 and as mentioned was either pregnant or breastfeeding for 25 months, which was before the bones had reached their full density. I have also taken some steroids from time to time for ulcerative colitis which could also have contributed. On top of this I was diagnosed as Celiac disease nearly 4 years ago (not sure how long I had had it for) so that probably didn't help. I am nearly 64 years old. I have taken HRT for around 15 years which is probably a good thing in my case. I was diagnosed by a DEXA scan about 10 years ago and more recent DEXA scans have shown no significant worsening since the first one which is a good sign. I have recently retired and have just re-started doing Pilates at home (used to do a bit previously but none for about 6 years) and hope this might help. Think I might go to a few proper classes when I can get round to it.

Comment from: rickysangel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I believe my osteopenia was caused by my eating disorder that I have had since I was 15 years old.

Comment from: Tinker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I believe I got osteopenia because I had pelvic surgery & was in the hospital/nursing home for 3 months at an immobile state. Before that I was very active & ate healthy food.


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Comment from: marie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I am three years out from breast cancer and taking Femara. I have gone from having "super bones" on the bone density chart to having borderline osteopenia. I am still expected to take Femara for another 2 ½ years. I am tempted to stop taking Femara, which is given to block estrogen in order to prevent a recurrence of the cancer. If I start taking a drug like Fosamax, I feel like I will be taking one medication to counteract the effects of another and that could go on and on. I might have to take another medication to counteract the side effects of the Fosamax. Where does it all end? I wonder if it would just be better to take my chances with a cancer recurrence. Which is worse: having a recurrence or being an orthopedic cripple?

Comment from: archosmaz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have noticed increasingly painful joints and bones since being diagnosed with celiac disease in September of 2012. Is this related, I wonder?