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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Osteolysis is the wearing down of your bones. Your bones become thin and weak.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider (PHP) or orthopedic specialist as directed:
Your PHP or orthopedic specialist will do x-rays or other tests to check your bones for breakdown or thinning. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Medicines may be given to decrease pain and inflammation. You may also be given medicines that help your body make new bone cells faster.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Talk to your PHP or orthopedic specialist about the right exercise plan for you. Ask about exercises and sports you can do safely. You may not be able to play contact sports. Contact sports increase your risk for broken bones.
Contact your PHP or orthopedic specialist if:
- You feel pain in your chest, back, hips, groin, knees or legs with sudden movement or while resting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have severe joint pain that does not decrease or go away after you use pain medicine.
- You are not able to move the joints that are causing pain.
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