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)

(Cal-600)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
16
Tried for
osteopenia (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Fosamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
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)

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)

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)

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
osteopenia (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Fosamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
indigestion
Total evaluations
12
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)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy skin weight gain
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (6)
  • 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 18
30s 73
40s 154
50s 258
60s 280
70+ 77
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 9
20-29 years 20
30-39 years 54
40-49 years 67
50-59 years 64
60-69 years 13
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 539
Not Diagnosed 10

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