If you have osteoporosis or think you might have osteoporosis, call your health care provider to be evaluated. Sooner is better than later -- especially if you have unusual or sharp pain or other related symptoms or if you have anxiety about osteoporosis. Also if you're at high risk of osteoporosis but haven't been diagnosed yet, talk to your health care provider. Getting treatment early can save you from painful, disfiguring fractures and future disability.
If you are taking osteoporosis drugs and develop jaw pain, call your health care provider. This may be a sign of a rare complication of treatment called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). Osteonecrosis means that part of the bone in the jaw is no longer alive. Unlike normal bone, it can't regenerate itself because it has no blood supply. More than a thousand cases of ONJ have been reported in patients who take drugs classified as bisphosphonates.
How can I get enough vitamin D?
Thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back -- without sunscreen -- at least twice a week should give you plenty of vitamin D.
But this much direct sun exposure might also expose you to potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing UV radiation. And unless you live in the South or Southwest, you probably won't get enough sunlight during the winter months for your body to make enough vitamin D. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends against...