Patient Comments: Osteoporosis - Symptoms

What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

Published: July 09

I have Sjögren's Syndrome; one of the main symptoms is arthritis. My main thing now is a pain in the lateral tibial plateau that was thought to be a stress fracture. Had arthroscopic surgery for torn meniscus 4 months ago, but this pain still exists. Had an X ray and DEXA scan; and was told it was osteoporosis.

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Published: June 27

The first symptom of osteoporosis I encountered was a pain in the upper back whenever I sat reading or typing. I thought it was due to bad posture but it was later found that I had a wedge fracture in the upper part of the spine.

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Comment from: kitten, 75 or over Female Published: June 05

I didn't know I had osteoporosis until I fell and broke my hip. Since I fell I broke both wrists 2 times and my spine is fractured in 3 places. It can't be fixed. I stay in pain most of the time. I take Actonel and Calcium with Vitamin D.

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Comment from: N.TUGU, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 54 years old. I started having pains in my legs and feet the shoulders and knees years ago. I got treatment and the shoulders became okay, but since that time I have had pains serious ones in my back especially in the spine. I have taken x-rays and found out my bones, knees and spine have worn out. The doctor told me I have osteoporosis.

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Comment from: Toni, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I am a healthy, active 53 year old woman. I went to my doctor because I had persistent back pain. He ordered an x-ray, then a bone scan which revealed osteoporosis at a fairly elevated level. I did ask my gynecologist three years prior to that if she thought I should be checked for osteoporosis because I was Caucasian, menopausal and small framed. She told me that insurance companies do not want to pay for the testing unless it is indicated; which I believe it was. I can't help but feel that if I would have been diagnosed three years earlier, bone loss would have been much less. Insist on proper testing and treatment!

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Comment from: 45-54 (Patient) Published: May 12

I usually have upper back pain. My back and legs hurt a lot when I sit or bend down. I am 45 years old. I still get menstrual periods and my back according to the bone density test is like if I was 75. I just started taking Actonel and I continue taking calcium I try to drink and eat as much dairy as I can without exaggerating either. I was diagnosed with beginnings of coronary disease and have high blood pressure for which I refuse to take medication, but I take natural supplements from Melaleuca.

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Comment from: sherry, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I have thyroid disease that makes me gain weight. I take Synthroid 150 mg. for it. I work in a restaurant, so I am on my feet a lot. Now I have arthritis in the tops of them. When I sit for a while it is hard for me to get up and walk right away. I have to stand for a while and then walk. I have a lot of pain and swelling in my feet and I am wondering what to take.

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Comment from: Jennifer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I am 54 and was born with scoliosis. I have been told by my doctor that I have degenerative disc disease and now I am noticing a hump on the right side of my back. I have tried so many different pain killers, but have yet to find something that helps. Also, I was told I have fibromyalgia. I can't tell you when I had a day without pain.

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Osteoporosis - Treatment Question: What kinds of treatment, including medication or supplements, have you tried for your osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis - Share Your Experience Question: Do you or a relative have osteoporosis? Please share your experience.
Osteoporosis - Risk Factors and Causes Question: Do you have any risk factors for osteoporosis? What are they?
Osteoporosis - Lifestyle Changes Question: What lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, quitting smoking or alcohol), have you made to manage your osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis - Hormone Therapy Experience Question: Have you been prescribed hormone therapy to treat your osteoporosis? What was your experience?
Osteoporosis - Medications Question: What medications have you been prescribed to treat your osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis - Complications Question: Have you had any complications related to your osteoporosis? If so, what were they?

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