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.
For years, we've thought we understood osteoporosis: it's a disease in which the bones become more and more fragile as they lose density, usually due to aging, menopause, and other factors like lack of calcium and vitamin D in the diet.
But today, advances in research are shedding new light on osteoporosis, which is predicted to affect as many as half of all Americans over age 50 by the year 2020. From diagnosis to prevention to osteoporosis treatment, new research is turning our old understanding...