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Thursday, September 04, 2008 Kathy, Community Member, asks

Q: osteopenia does it cause pain

I asked the nurse that called and told me I had osteopenia soft bones I asked is that what causes pain in my legs? I feel down deep pain in my bones to where the pain is so bad. I am afraid of the effects of Fosamax?

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
9/ 6/08 7:30pm

Hi Kathy:  Osteoporosis/osteopenia doesn't *usually* cause pain until you fracture something.  Fosamax can cause bone pain.  I took Actonel for 15 mos and I had intermittent bone pain which went away when I stopped the Actonel.  As you know Fosamax and Actonel are from the same drug family called bisphosphonates.  If the pain isn't from the med, I would have an x-ray to make sure something else isn't going on.  There are lots of other probs that cause pain, so I would have someone check on it.


Good luck...

jeanne46, Community Member
7/10/10 4:26am

it does'nt cause pain in some people. i have bad hip pain from itInnocent

Pam M, Community Member
9/ 7/08 12:29am

Hi Kathy:


I Have the same bone pain all the time. I had it before i was put on any meds. They thought it was all in my head until i demanded a bone density test cause i knew what my Chemo would do. They all said oh no your to young so they said ok and then they seen how bad i had Osteo. I am now on Actonal and really the pain is exactly the same! I am on alot of meds to control it so the theries i have heard, myself i really dont know if they are true. But this is from my experience so and all are different . Do as the other great Lady suggested and go get checked out some more.Ask for alot of different testing. I had bone density,  MRI , Altra sounds, Motion x-rays and alot  more. Dont be affraid to demand a second opionion too. I hope you get better soon and Please   :Take Care....PamKiss

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By Kathy, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/15/12, First Published: 09/04/08