Learning about Paget's disease:What is Paget's disease?What are active and inactive Paget's disease?How is heart failure related to Paget's disease?What other health problems can be caused by Paget's disease?Being diagnosed:What questions will a doctor ask to diagnose Paget's disease?What happens during a physical exam for Paget's disease?How is a bone scan done?How is an alkaline phosphatase test done?Getting treatment:How do bisphosphonate medicines help with Paget's disease?How does calcitonin help with Paget's disease?How much calcium and vitamin D do I need?Living with Paget's disease:How can I manage the pain of Paget's disease?What is acupuncture, and how can it help with pain?What can I do to avoid falls?What should I know about using a cane?What should I know about using a walker?
What is Paget's disease? Paget's disease is a problem of abnormal bone growth. It may affect just one bone, but it usually affects more than one.In normal bone, the bone tissue is constantly being broken down, absorbed into the body, and then rebuilt with new cells. In Paget's disease, bone tissue is broken down and absorbed much faster than normal, so the body speeds up the bone rebuilding process. But this new bone is often weak and brittle, and it breaks easily.Paget's disease is most common in people older than 50, and the risk of getting it increases with age. Most people who have it are able to lead normal lives. What causes Paget's disease?The cause of Paget's disease is not clear. But it may be related to: Genetics. You're more likely to get Paget's disease if your parents, brothers, or sisters have it. Viruses. The viruses linked to measles in people and distemper in dogs have been found in the bones of people with Paget's disease. But there's no proof that these viruses
In the early stages of osteoporosis, you usually do not have symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may develop symptoms related to weakened bones, including: Back pain. Loss of height and stooped posture. A curved upper back (dowager's hump).