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I know that there is probably a wide variety of pain involved for osteoporosis, but here's our situation. I am a mom in my 40's, my mother (in her 60's) was just diagnosed with osteoporosis (pretty severe I think), she's probably had it for years, this was her first bone density test I believe. Anyway, she had smoked since she was a young adult, only recently quit when she had problems with rapid heart beating. Shes also a tiny lady, small boned. a few months ago she was diagnosed with the osteo, her back has always bothered her mildly, but now the pain is REALLY bad, they put her on vicoden (not sure of the spelling), it didn't help much, they upped the dosage and it really wasn't helping at all. My brother went to see her and said that at times she was on her knees moaning, it hurt so bad. THe pain is always there. They finally put her on morphine pills. She just had a bone scan done yesterday and is concerned that there is something wrong besides the osteo. We're waiting on results. But just wondering how intensely does osteo hurt? It seemed to come on so quickly. Just wondering how much pain some of you who are diagnosed with osteoporosis have. Thanks so much for your time, Cathy
thank you for replying! Well, she is in touch with her doctor, they are the ones putting her on the vicoden & now the morphine, but she did just have the bone scan yesterday which should tell us why she is experiencing such pain. Guess I'm just worrying about her, she is a nurse and senses that something else is wrong besides the osteoporosis. Thanks again for answering me, I was just wondering how much pain people usually experience but I'm seeing it can vary greatly. Cathy
[QUOTE=Cathy TN]I know that there is probably a wide variety of pain involved for osteoporosis, but here's our situation. I am a mom in my 40's, my mother (in her 60's) was just diagnosed with osteoporosis (pretty severe I think), she's probably had it for years, this was her first bone density test I believe. Anyway, she had smoked since she was a young adult, only recently quit when she had problems with rapid heart beating. Shes also a tiny lady, small boned. a few months ago she was diagnosed with the osteo, her back has always bothered her mildly, but now the pain is REALLY bad, they put her on vicoden (not sure of the spelling), it didn't help much, they upped the dosage and it really wasn't helping at all. My brother went to see her and said that at times she was on her knees moaning, it hurt so bad. THe pain is always there. They finally put her on morphine pills. She just had a bone scan done yesterday and is concerned that there is something wrong besides the osteo. We're waiting on results. But just wondering how intensely does osteo hurt? It seemed to come on so quickly. Just wondering how much pain some of you who are diagnosed with osteoporosis have. Thanks so much for your time, Cathy

Also, I have osteoporosis and have no pain. Instead of the doctor assessing the problem via a bone density scan, they will probably do an MRI - it could be arthritis or something else which an MRI will pick up. Good thoughts going out to you and your mom.