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I am a 31 yr old female and have recently been diagnosed with osteopenia after suffering metatarsal stress fractures in both feet for no known reason (not a runner, no trauma). I was told the bones in my feet look like those of a 70 year old.

I was in CAM boots from the start of the pain back in early May. I was told it would be 4-6 weeks for healing initially. I was X-rayed again at 12 weeks and told I was healed and to begin gradually transitioning to supportive tennis shoes. I did that very carefully but started experiencing the same pain again after a week. I am back in the CAM boots, but am now non-weight bearing, using a wheelchair and working from home. It has been 18 weeks from the beginning of all this and my feet (especially my right) still hurt and are swollen. I am so frustrated and am not getting a lot of direction from doctors. I will do whatever it takes to heal so that I can walk around again.

I have had a multitude of tests done, including parathyroid bloodwork and neck ultrasound, and the only thing doctors can come up with is low vitamin D (34 ng/ml). I had been taking 2,000 to 4,000 IU vitamin D daily for the last 2 years, but have been taking prescription strength 50,000 IU once a week for the last 2 months.

Anyone have any insight or have experienced these stress fractures?

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