Osteopenia

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What is osteopenia?

Osteopenia is a condition where bone mineral density is lower than normal that may be a precursor to osteoporosis although not always. Osteopenia is defined by a test that measures bone mineral density.

Common symptoms reported by people with osteopenia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with osteopenia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
27
Tried for
osteopenia (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Fosamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
osteopenia (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
15
Tried for
osteopenia (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (2)

Data from patients with osteopenia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with osteopenia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (18 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
osteopenia (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Fosamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (17 evaluations)
Side effects
indigestion pain in lower back
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
osteopenia (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
osteopenia (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems dizziness 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy skin weight gain
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with osteopenia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has osteopenia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 16
30s 76
40s 162
50s 268
60s 306
70+ 84
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 9
20-29 years 21
30-39 years 57
40-49 years 70
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 13
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 90
Female 827

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 597
Not Diagnosed 11

These charts show data from osteopenia patients who have completed their condition history
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