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For anyone out there, please be careful if you start dieting and it gets out of hand and an eating disorder develops. Anorexia has taken a lot from me and I am only 36 years old.

I have osteoporosis due to starving myself for so many years and I could kick myself today. I am blessed with two little children (I was able through fertility treatment to have them) and now I have to be careful in my activities.

I feel like an older woman that I created and damaged my body living with anorexia.

Don't take it lightly if the doctor gives you the warning signs.
I said, 'it would never happen to me'. Today, I cannot knock on wood.
It got me.
I know this is an old thread, but I can relate to this! I had osteoporosis before I became anorexic though. I was diagnosed with it in 2006 by dexa scan one year after a full hysterectomy and loss of both ovaries. I have been on thyroid meds for 24 years and was treated with Lupron for endometriosis and attribute a lot of my bone loss to those. At any rate, the hysterectomy and surgical menopause were so traumatic and difficult for me (I was only 33 when it was done) that I developed anorexia literally overnight. It has now been an eight year battle and I have remained substantially underweight, sometimes severely, since 2008. My original dxa scores were -3.2 spine and -1.8 hip. I did manage to improve spine to -3.0 and hip to -1.2 in a period of semi recovery and taking miacalcin and supplements. But I relapsed hard a few years ago and avoided doctors for a long time. This year I had my fourth dexa and was shocked at how much worse my spine has gotten. From -3.0 in 2010 it went down to -3.6 T score and -3.4 z score this year. Hip went from -1.6 in 2010 to -1.8 now. This combined with all the other hell I have been through with my ED has been a motivator to put on weight and get to a normal weight range for the first time in six years. I am only 41 (almost 42) right now and do not want to live the rest of my life debilitated by pain. In 2012 I had several injuries due to running and had to stop running. I had xrays for a pelvic injury and no fracture showed but the radiologist commented in the report about how bad my bones were...just from looking at a plain xray. I still have pain in the pelvic area and it has never totally healed. Now I get strange tingly itchy sensations up and down my spine. I am due to see a rheumatologist next week. Scared to death of going on the osteo meds. Wondering how I will be able to keep putting on weight and get better if I have GI side effects that make me too nauseated to eat. Catch 22. I take a hormone replacement due to no ovaries, and have supplemented with calcium and D all along for these years, but it doesn't make any difference if one is restricting and underweight because your body will not be able to absorb hormones or calcium and D without enough body fat. Also, at our age, and especially already being post menopausal for me, rebuilding bone is not going to come easy or naturally since we are past peak bone growth.

I'm just thankful for me that my disorder didn't start when I was a young teenager, or I can't imagine how much worse my bones would be now. I hope this thread benefits someone and I hope the OP is in recovery now!
I'm 53 and I've discovered only 6 months ago that I have osteoporis. It makes sense but it hasn't stopped my ano/bul an eating disorder. Although its heeps better than 20 years ago. I'm on Abrion. hydoluronic acid. Does anyone know it?
Thanks for the sincere responses.

I agree, I hope many others with an eating disorder realise that it comes with major consequences.

I wish you both well.

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