Patient Comments: Osteopenia - Signs and Symptoms

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Describe the signs and symptoms associated with your osteopenia. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Nick, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

I was born with osteopenia. My low bone density was detected when I had a DEXA scan. I take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Another thing people with epilepsy do not know is that all anti-seizure medication stops calcium from being absorbed, so they are at high risk of osteopenia.

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

I have left hip pain from osteopenia not associated with rheumatoid arthritis, which I have.

Comment from: pauine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I have been in excruciating hip and knee pain for some months now, and x-ray shows osteopenia. I am about to have some blood tests, but when I googled osteopenia it says that this condition is not painful unless there is a fracture. I'm confused as to what is causing such severe pain.

Comment from: Crazyangel61, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

Three years ago I had a nasty fall backwards, I was 53. I broke L1 and had DEXA scan, etc., to find I had osteopenia. I have been on yearly zoledronic acid infusion for three years, and it is two years to go. I also take vitamin D and calcium. I have just had first of two hip replacements. I am in constant pain in my bones.

Comment from: Patricia F., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a while back which has turned into Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I had a bone scan done two years ago and was diagnosed with osteopenia. Just this past year I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. Just recently I have been having pain in my shoulder and back and feel weakness in my legs and arms. The pain isn't unbearable just annoying. I am currently taking Naproxen 250 MG for the pain. I also take Synthroid for my Hashimoto’s.

Comment from: Lorna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I have very sore painful bones in my back, arms, shoulders and hip. I don’t know why any doctor or health professional should say osteopenia is not painful because it is very painful and uncomfortable most of the day, which restricts me from maintaining my daily living activities. All these symptoms should be recognized by the benefits system as I had to give up my caregiving job of 26 years last year because I couldn't do my job but get no benefit.

Comment from: Justcheri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

My doctor has diagnosed me with osteopenia. I am post-menopausal, had total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) with BSO (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy). She has prescribed vitamin D. I have a lot of pain in my lower back. After reading all the information, it states, osteopenia has no pain! I've had a DEXA scan and that is how she came up with the diagnosis. I used to take 600 mg of Ibuprofen 2 to 3 times a day, now take 15 mg of meloxicam. It’s especially painful when bending forward.

Comment from: Esme' Blair, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I have just had a bone density scan, first ever and have been diagnosed with osteopenia in my 5/6/7 vertebra. Fracture rate between 21 -23%. I was an aerobics instructor for 6 years in my 30s and did a lot of weight bearing exercise. I do yoga as well. I have quite a lot of pain on and off between my shoulder blades, mid -thoracic region. Hence I think pain is associated to osteopenia.

Comment from: MsMurphy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I asked my doctor if chemotherapy could have caused my osteopenia. She said age causes it. I noticed that my toe and finger nails became brittle after chemotherapy so I still wonder if it contributed to the condition.

Comment from: SLK, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

My top 3 neck bones have lost all padding and are bone on bone! Also the last 3 backbones are bone on bone and catch on each other! Very painful!

Comment from: Loi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I find it amazing that they say there is no bone pain with osteopenia. That is the reason I went to the doctor, as I am having pain almost all of the time. When you go to lift something, it feels like you are picking up hundreds of pounds instead of the water pitcher. I cannot sit very long as my numbers have decreased in both hips and in my lower spine. I will be going to a specialist in osteoporosis as I am not able to take any oral medicines due to a gastric and liver problem.

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Comment from: Lola, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had bone pain all over my body. I just learned that a second tooth in which I'd had a root canal split right in half all the way down through the root. The first tooth split right at the gum line. I wonder whether this is related to osteopenia.

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