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    Old 01-11-2003, 02:12 PM   #1
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    Unhappy 20 with osteopenia

    Last spring I had pain in my legs and after MRIs, X-rays and bone scans, I was found to have atleast 3 stress fractures. There was no explaination for the fracures. After months of different tests, a bone density was finally done. I was told I have early osteoperosis(or osteopenia). The fractures took months and months to heal and I continue to have pain, discomfort and tiredness in my legs. I have seen a specialist, but so how we do not know anything. They are concerned that I have a low bone density, but are even more concerned that I have already had fractures. Is there anyone else out there my age with this? At this point I am very frustfrated, because no on seems to know anything. Any help would be great.

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    Old 01-17-2003, 10:25 AM   #2
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    I am 26 years old and I just found out 2 days ago that I also have osteopenia. It seems very odd that someone in their 20's would have this problem. I am going to continue searching for reasons why this has happened. I am looking into the topic malabsorption. This is where your body will not absorb the vitamins and minerals from your food as it goes through your body. So far it is making sense that this is my problem. I also have very poor vision and a strange skin problem. Both of which I feel is from vitamin deficiencies. Good luck to you in trying to discover what has caused your osteopenia.

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    Old 01-18-2003, 10:03 PM   #3
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    Did you know even babies need 1200 mg calcium? Osteo affects small bone woman, inactivity, low calcium from diet, anorexia& smoking& also a history in your family & early menopause. I heard on the radio they want to do clinical studies on 7 to 17 yr olds to see how much bone they lose from diet, etc. Scarey, huh? Please make sure you get 1200 or more calciun w/ D & walk alot!!!! 5 hrs a week at least to keep your bones strong............ There area lso factors that cause u to lose bone, as steroids for asthma or other disorders. Be Careful

     
    Old 01-19-2003, 07:03 AM   #4
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    I have had all kinds of tests. I get enough calcium and I exercise. Nothing seems to be telling me why I have osteopenia. I seem to be doing everything right and have for a long time. But thanks for the advice. Hearing from other people is always great!

     
    Old 01-22-2003, 09:50 PM   #5
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    Laur,
    Are u pstmenopausaul, small boned, ever take steroids for asthma, infections,anorexic,or a family history? Those are some of the causes. Malabsorbtion also causes it& Vitamin A supplements according to a 30 yr study. It destroys the osteblasts that build bone. Diet w/ A is fine, just NO supplements they are saying.You may need to see an endocrinologist to see if that system is healthy. You's be amazed at what can cause this.Even drinking alot of caffeie o eating chocolate robs your bones. This site is great as well as the National Osteoporosis Foundation. They have an 800# & can send you pamphelts& a support goup in your area,
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    Old 03-27-2003, 06:26 PM   #6
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    Laura,
    I am 28 years old and I have been diagnosed with osteopenia also. The reason I have osteopenia at such a young age is because I took accutane, which has the ingredient vitamin A, but it is alot of vitamin A. Studies have shown that bone loss has been reported from some people who have taken accutane. Also, petite girls, who have not had children, that do not get alot of calcium, and drink a lot of caffeine are more prone to get osteopenia. I have a question for you? Are you having bone pain in the spine when standing or sitting too long? I am, but so many people say that they don't have any pain with their bone loss. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

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    Old 03-27-2003, 06:45 PM   #7
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    I have pain in my legs. Especially if I stand or sit too long. I still do not have a reason why I have osteopenia. thanks for responding. good luck.

     
    Old 03-27-2003, 09:59 PM   #8
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    Interesting about Accutane and Vitamin A. I just read in Reader's Digest this month a short summary of a study showing that people who took too much Vitamin A had more fractures (they didn't mention osteoporosis though). What was a bit alarming to me was that it didn't have to be very much vitamin A... they said that people that took a multivitamin and then had fortified dairy products could be getting too much!! Doesn't that describe about all of us ladies trying to fight our osteoporosis with vitamins and dairy products?!! They said women only need about 2300 I.U. or mg. or whatever the unit is per day. My multivitamin has 5000! Plus I drink milk every day. Swell, ain't it? You just can't win.
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    Old 03-30-2003, 07:27 AM   #9
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    i have also been daignoised of osteopenia , i am 23.In my place doctors don't give me correct response so thought of taking help from net , as if now i don't know the exact reason of it , but i have been smoking for teh alst 3 years and had improper diet...i want to know from u what r my chances of curing this...can i get back to normal state..

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    Old 03-31-2003, 08:17 AM   #10
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    Unfortunately things like smoking and an improper diet can cause osteoperosis. There is not a whole lot to do to "cure" it. Correct behavior that may have caused it, exercise(strength training), and talk to a doctor more. They told me that they don't want to put me on medication because it has not been tested on people my age. If you have any other questions, let me know.

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    Old 04-02-2003, 02:35 AM   #11
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    Do you know why your doctor tested you in the first place? There must have been a reason for him to test you. If you don't kow ask him. They don't usually order these test for someone so young unless there's a reason. I'm 50 and post menopausal. This is the first time I've been asked to take the bone desity test.

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    Old 04-02-2003, 03:08 AM   #12
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    I was tested because they found three stress fractures in my legs after going to the doctor complaining of severe pain. They did blood work first, then did the bone density.

     
    Old 04-04-2003, 09:46 PM   #13
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    I too know that it cannot be cured but till the age of 30 bone mass can be increased.i want to know what is the best methodsof doing that.as if now i am talking milk and eggs daily and getting exposed to sunlight(for vitamin d).and in addition i am using calcitriol pills for the last one month.will this be sufficient.I want to know one more thing , can calcitriol be taken at age of 23....

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    Old 04-05-2003, 05:28 AM   #14
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    See the site on this healthboard called
    "Fosamax side effects" for a lot of information about what to do to increase bone mass. Weight bearing exercise is crucial. I also take calcium citrate, magnesium and vitamin D, all essential.

     
    Old 04-05-2003, 05:35 AM   #15
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    They will not give me any medication because it has never been testest on someone my age and they are afraid of possible reproductive problems, etc. I do weight bearing exercises and that is about all I can do. I get adequate calcium and vitamin D, that is not the issue they told me. There is some other cause that they can just not figure out. Thanks for replying.

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