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Old 07-19-2002, 09:00 AM   #1
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Question calcium supplements and osteophytes

Wondering about someone who has osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in the lumbar vertebrae due to osteophyte growth in the faceted joints.

If taking Calcium (carbonate) supplements help with osteoporosis, could it also make the osteophytes grow bigger with calcium deposits and therefore aggravate the osteoarthritic pain??

Lumbar laminectomy is considered to remove osteophyte growth, but wouldn't calcium just aid in its regrowth?

 
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