Living with Osteoporsis
For some, osteoporosis is a disease that they have to deal with on a daily basis. The pain, discomfort, and more are all issues that they must work around in order to live a normal life. For those that do have osteoporosis, there are some treatments, but it is important to take the time to learn about some of the symptoms, treatments, and ways to deal with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the bones become brittle and weak, for some, it may be serious enough that their bones break or fracture when they fall even from a short distance. While there is no cure for osteoporosis, symptoms may be managed with proper treatment. Read on to learn more.
Often, osteoporosis is a disease that is more common in older age or it is at least more serious in old age. With osteoporosis, the creation of new bone does not keep up with the destruction or removal of old bone which leaves bones brittle and susceptible to breakage. Women are more likely to get osteoporosis, older people, those of white or Asian descent, and those that have a small body frame and a family history of osteoporosis are all more likely to develop the disease.
Some symptoms that you want to look for when it comes to osteoporosis are pain in the back which can be caused by broken or collapsed vertebrae. You should also look for loss of height over time, generally in older age. Stooped posture may also be present as well as bone fractures that occur easier than you might think they should. You may also experience deep bone pain and other aches and pains that are not explainable. Often times, osteoporosis takes time to diagnose and you may attribute your symptoms to other things that you may not automatically think its osteoporosis.
There are some treatment options you may be able to take to help treat and manage the symptoms of your osteoporosis. First, your doctor will have to verify the diagnosis with an x-ray and a bone density test. This will prove you have the disease and can start your doctors on the course to treatment. Medications like Fosomax, Boniva, Atelvia, and Reclast are all injections that can help to promote the growth of new bone. These medications are meant to help promote the creation of new bone and can help you to keep your bones stronger and help to replace lost bone and repair bones that are already damaged.
For those that take these medications, it may also be suggested by your doctor that you take supplements like vitamin D and calcium to help keep bones stronger and prevent further loss or damage. Though you cannot totally reverse bone damage, you can make it a bit less noticeable and can help to make further damage a bit harder. There are some notable side effects to the medications that are listed here. Nausea, abdominal pain, heartburn and even effects to the jaw bone may be experienced. Depending on your age, your doctor may also suggest hormone therapy to help promote bone growth. Talk to your doctor about taking supplements or any of the other treatment options mentioned above.