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Yes I am!!!! I do feel a bit of a minority also. I have this in my family but because of my age, no one felt necessary to treat me. Even after breaking ribs doing nothing on two separate occasions. I got my first bone density at 36 and had osteopenia. They just treated me for vit. d deficiency and told me to take calcium. Which i was doing but the d was too low.

Now at 45, my spine is osteoporosis and my hip is still osteopenia. I have tried exercising, diet etc. I finally went to endocrinologist who put me on Fosomax. I felt aweful on that. Just kinda fluish and achy. I stuck it out for 5 1/2 months until I was getting GI pain. Then I stopped. Now doc wants to put me on IV Reclast. I am thinking about it at the moment and haven't made up my mind yet.
[QUOTE=BrenP;5291089]Yes I am!!!! I do feel a bit of a minority also. I have this in my family but because of my age, no one felt necessary to treat me. Even after breaking ribs doing nothing on two separate occasions. I got my first bone density at 36 and had osteopenia. They just treated me for vit. d deficiency and told me to take calcium. Which i was doing but the d was too low....[/QUOTE]

Interesting...at age 19 I was bruising ribs just by putting pressure on them by lying on my chest. I didn't know what it was other then it took a month to heal. I also had pretty much chronic back pain which I attributed to being a mechanic and being bent over all the time.

When I hit about 40 I was prying something with each arm and really pulling with all my strength. Nothing touching my chest at all. I pulled really hard and....sprung my ribs again - this time with no contact to anything.

Couple of years ago at a family reunion someone snuck up behind me and decided to bear hug me from behind and pick me up. Being overly exuberant they squeezed the snot out of me in the process. The result? Two broken ribs such that I could literally feel the bones jar against each other. That took some serious recovery to get over.

I reported all of this to my doctor ever since my teen years. He never did anything about it. Finally I went in recently and told him that resting on a boogie board in Hawaii bruised my ribs. I pretty much had to force him to do something about it. At that point I went for a bone scan. The result?

My chest density (ribs) were off by two standard deviations. My spine density is off by four standard deviations which is entirely off the chart. A 98 year female has more spine density then myself as a 44 year old male. Those findings set off some alarm bells with the doctor.

Went to an endocrinologist and it turns out all my organs are fine. Calcium levels are fine. Had a full heart scan, fine. In fact, everything is fine other then my bone density.

They put me on Alendronate and I figured we might just have this beat, or, at least, be able to fight back against this. To be sure, after only a couple of months my bones really do feel better. I feel stronger. But, and it's a big but, here's the rub, all of a sudden I've developed nearly debilitating tendinitis in my arms. Never had it before in 44 years, it just appeared after taking Alendronate. The linkage is clear to me, especially after doing a keyword search for the words Alendronate and Tendinitis.

But anyway, it's surprising to hear other stories that are so similar to mine. At least I know that I'm not the only 44 year old male with the bone density of someone who is +110 years old :)





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