Osteopenia - Signs and Symptoms

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What are osteopenia symptoms and signs?

Osteopenia does not cause pain unless a bone is broken (fractured). Interestingly, fractures in patients with osteopenia do not always cause pain. Osteopenia or osteoporosis can be present for many years prior to diagnosis for these reasons. Many bone fractures due to osteopenia or osteoporosis, such as a hip fracture or vertebral fracture (fracture of a bone in the spine), are very painful. However, some fractures, especially vertebral fractures (fractures of the bony building blocks of the spine), can be painless and therefore osteopenia or osteoporosis may go undiagnosed for years.

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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.

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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.

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