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during recent bone surgery my doctor said I had "soft" bones. In past have been treated with Reclast for osteoporosis can I have both diseases?7
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Osteomalacia is a condition that refers to the softening of the bones, usually brought on by a lack of vitamin D. In children, this condition is commonly referred to as rickets. When one’s bones are soft, they are more prone to fractures than the harder, healthier bones.
Not to be confused with osteoporosis, which is a disease that can also lead to bone fractures; osteomalacia is a result of a defect in the bone-building process. Two major indicators of osteomalacia are aches in the bones and weakness in the muscles. Treatment requires restoring the low levels of vitamin D and calcium and addressing any other problems that might be contributing to these deficiencies.
Our bodies need calcium and phosphate to build strong bones. Without enough of these minerals in one’s diet, or if one’s body does not effectively absorb them, osteomalacia may present. The causes of this may include an insufficient exposure to sunlight. When we sit in the sun, vitamin D is produced in our skin. We need this vitamin so that our bodies can process the calcium. For those individuals who spend little time in the sun or who wear strong sunscreen and remain fully covered while outside, or who live in areas where the sunlight hours are short or where the air is full of smog, may increase their likelihood of developing osteomalacia.
Anon, how much vitamin D, calcium and sunshine are you getting every day?
Osteoporosis is not the softening but the weakening of the bone. Peak bone mass is reached at around age 30. From that point, more bone is lost than replaced. If not treated, bone losses may lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is more likely to occur if full bone mass was not achieved during the bone-building years.
Bone density also plays a role in bone health. Bone density is determined by the amount of calcium , phosphorus , and other minerals within the bone framework. As the mineral content of a bone (especially calcium) decreases, the bone weakens. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D and exercising regularly can keep bones strong throughout life.
It's possible to have both conditions.
Anon, you need to talk to your doctor about both these conditions. You may need a special formula of nutrients to help with absorption. Ask your doctor what kind of bone specialist is best for you.
Best,May 30, 2019 - 3:02pm