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)

(Fosamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
osteopenia (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
17
Tried for
osteopenia (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
12
Tried for
osteopenia (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter 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)

(Fosamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (21 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite digestive problems 5 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
osteopenia (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin D Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
osteopenia (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteopenia (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
osteopenia (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping drowsiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
gastrointestinal bleeding
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
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 15
30s 71
40s 163
50s 272
60s 358
70+ 127
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 9
20-29 years 23
30-39 years 60
40-49 years 72
50-59 years 73
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 97
Female 915

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 630
Not Diagnosed 11

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