Ergocalciferol - my doctor precribed 50,000 1 a week, however the doctor did not say what my prognosis was how debilitating is osteoporosis and my kidneys are hurting and my entier body also hurts but im only 52. please help
How debilitating is osteoporosis and what is the prognosis?
Question posted by collazo1 on 28 March 2011
Last updated on 6 February 2015
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the density and quality of bones is reduced, making them weak, brittle and more likely to fracture. There are usually no symptoms of osteoporosis until a bone breaks. Fractures of the wrist, hip, spine, pelvis and upper arm are most common in osteoporosis. The fractures can be very painful and can lead to disability and loss of independence. Hip fractures can be difficult to heal. They reduce the person's ability to move around. This can lead to complications and other health problems.
Osteoporosis is much more common in women than in men. This is because of the hormonal changes that occur during menopause.
Osteoporosis is a long-term (chronic) condition. But proper treatment can lead to significant improvements in bone mass. It can decrease the likelihood that a fracture will occur.
Treatment and prevention will normally focus on life style changes and medications to boost bone density.
Although osteoporosis can be debilitating, it usually does not affect life expectancy unless there has been a hip fracture in certain patients.
The outlook for people with osteoporosis is good, especially if the problem is detected and treated early. Bone density, even in severe osteoporosis, generally can be stabilized or improved. The risk of fractures can be substantially reduced with medication.
People with mild osteoporosis have an excellent outlook. Those who have a fracture can expect their bones to heal normally. The pain usually goes away within a week or two.
In some people, osteoporosis has a clear cause. The outlook is especially good if the cause is identified and corrected.
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