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Forum Name: Osteoporosis

Question: osteoporosis

 chrisy - Wed Jan 28, 2004 12:19 am

dear doctor,
my mothers is only 43 but she suffers from osteoporosis (she has the bones of 60+ old). recently (about one month ago) she felt pain in her chest. at first it was just parts, but now her ribcage is completely swollen. the results from her x-rays are normal, but she is in constant pain. i understand fosamax can cause chest pains, but the swelling started before she took the pills. she is also taking hormones (she had a complete histerectomy 2 years ago). please help us. thank you.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:34 am

User avatar Dear Chrisy,

Did your mom have any kind of trauma? What does her doctor think that this is due to? Does your mom have any skin rashes? Does she have any back pain?

If the x-rays are normal and you are suspecting a fissure fracture (fracture that is hair thin) not sometimes detected by x-rays, your mother can ask her doctor if he/she thinks that it is appropriate to do a bone scan to detect those subtle fractures if there are any.

Another thing is to make sure to check a spine x-ray to make sure that the pain is not due to spine fractures. Have your mother ever had herpes of the skin (shingles)?

These are some thoughts that you can ask your mom's doctor about. However, i have not examined your mother and these are only suggestions of course.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.
 chrisy - Wed Jan 28, 2004 9:50 pm

thanks for responding. my mother did not have a fracture and she has no skin rashes. i thought it has something to do with her liver (she right side protrude more than her left) or maybe it's costochondritis, but she going to see a bone doc.
thanks again, chrisy

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