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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: preventing

 lappel - Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:52 pm

Hi, I'm a 24 year old female. I used to take a lot of dance classes until I started experiencing a lot of back pain. A doctor told me that my back MRI looked like that of a 70 year old (though i was 19), and that i had degenerative disc disease. I had an epidural which relieved my pain almost completely. I don't dance very much anymore. My mom is having intense back pain, maybe arthritis or disc degeneration or something else, which has been really really impacting her life for a few years. I am really concerned about having this sort of pain. Is there any exercise or anything else I can do now to prevent this?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:39 pm

User avatar Hi Lappel,

I would recommend you see an endocrinologist. To have this degree of bone degeneration at your age is unusual. The endocrinologist can help look for any conditions that may be causing you to loose calcium.

Taking a good calcium supplement daily may help some. Basically aim for about 1500 mg per day. Don't take it with iron or vitamins with iron because they can inhibit each other's absorption. Taking it with orange juice is good because the citric acid helps increase absorption of calcium.

You are likely still at an age where your bone can still increase in calcium density so maximizing factors such as taking plenty of calcium may help prevent more problems in the future.

Follow up with your doctor is important.

Best wishes.

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