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Carolyn 02-06-2019 10:26 AM

I had my first DEXA two years ago. It revealed a normal spine, but osteopenia in my right femur. I vigorously began weights, jogging, standing on one leg, yoga, etc. I had another DEXA last month. Thought this time it would be normal with all of my hard work. This time it was actually slightly worse. I am at a loss.:(

1956BD 02-06-2019 11:18 AM

Oh I am sorry
Well imagine what it would be if you were not working out. Keep up the hard work to stay as healthy as possible. Maybe you could ask for a consult from a specialty therapist for osteopenia. Hopefully they will have some great suggestions for you

Carolyn 02-06-2019 11:32 AM

Thank you! I’m visiting the gyn next week.

1956BD 02-06-2019 12:21 PM

I hope your appointment
goes well and you can ask for a consult at that time. You are probably already doing what is best but it never hurts to check with an expert.

sky22 02-07-2019 07:21 AM

I had a Dexa with a similar result. My Dr. put me on medication that I take once weekly. My two years to take it will be up in Dec so hoping it has helped. My SIL did this and it had improved so she did not need the medication any longer.

Shelby3 02-07-2019 11:46 AM

Have you had bloodwork done recently? I wonder about your calcium and D3 levels.

2grade 02-12-2019 11:21 AM


Osteopenia and osteoporosis are related conditions. The difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis is that in osteopenia the bone loss is not as severe as in osteoporosis. That means someone with osteopenia is more likely to fracture a bone than someone with a normal bone density but is less likely to fracture a bone than someone with osteoporosis. Overall, most people with osteoporosis will suffer fewer broken bones if they take bisphosphonates, a category of drugs including Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, and Fosamax that are used to treat the disease.
But a very small proportion of those who take the drugs may experience an unusual femur (thighbone) fracture if they take the drugs on a long-term basis.
My SIL has always been strong, nimble and healthy. In her 70's she was treated for osteopenia. She was prescribed Fosamax. Unfortunately, she fell into the afflicted group. She had a fall and her right femur was shattered. She spent over 2 years recovering, some of that time in a wheel chair. Thankfully, she is OK now.

Hideeho 02-13-2019 08:55 PM

I'm with Shelby. Vit D is good for our bones (and a multitude of other things) and I think many/most women are advised to take calcium after a certain age.

I hope you get a good plan of action figured out that works for you!

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