When you have RA, you are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis . Other aspects of living with this disease may also contribute to the risk: a sedentary lifestyle, taking steroids and being low on vitamin D. If you're taking certain stomach medications to deal with side effects from your RA meds, you can add another risk factor. All of these contribute to lowering your bone density, i.e., how thick or heavily packed with minerals your bones are. The higher your bone density, the stronger your bones are and this makes them less likely to break. Being aware of the state of your bones can help you prevent bone loss or treat any bone loss you may already be experiencing.
DXA stands for Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It uses very low dose x-rays, about 1/10 the radiation you get in a chest x-ray. The US Preventative Services Task Force currently recommends bone density tests or DXA scan for all women over the age of 65. If you are younger and have not yet entered m...
Pain and aches in your bones and joints can range from mild discomfort that goes away by itself to severe aches that require medication. Arthritis can cause bone and joint pain. Cancer spreading (metastasizing) into a bone also causes pain.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause bone or joint pain:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Some pain medications, such as Feldene (chemical name: piroxicam) also can cause bone or joint pain. Bisphosphonates, medicines used to treat osteoporosis, may cause bone or joint pain. Common bisphosphonates are Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium), Actonel (chemical name: risedronate), and Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate).
Managing bone or joint pain
If you have bone or joint pain, talk to your doctor. If your bone p...
You might know someone who is dependent on pain pills. With so many people relying on medications to control chronic painful conditions, everyone should know about the potential long term consequences caused by these medications. Most know about the tendency for anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to cause bleeding stomach ulcers. Some know that too much acetaminophen can harm the liver. But, did you know that the opioid medications like morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone can weaken the bones? Besides the unrelenting pain; now someone who is dependent on opioid medications has to worry about the risk of developing a painful fracture as a result of taking pain medications. A bone fracture would add even more pain to an already painful condition. Yikes, you or someone you know needs why opioids can weaken bones and how to avoid opioid-associated osteoporosis.
The reason why chronic, daily opioid use can lead to osteoporosis is twofold. First, the natural pro...
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