Can Fibromyalgia Cause Osteoporosis?

Several studies have found that fibromyalgia patients have lower bone mineral densitiy as compared to controls. This is a concern as it increases risk of Osteoporosis in later years. In particular, a 1999 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology suggest that early identification of osteoporosis symptoms and prevention is crucial in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.

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What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disorder that is qualified by low bone density and bone tissue deterioration. This condition results in fragile and weak bones and increases the risk of fractures specifically in the areas of hips, shoulder, wrist and spine. Osteoporosis is often referred as the “silent thief” due to the deterioration of bone tissue without showing any symptoms at all.

What leads to the Osteoporosis?

Some of the primary causes of osteoporosis are:

  • Lack of calcium content in body.

  • Hormonal imbalances, especially in individuals suffering from thyroid and diabetes.

  • Low level of estrogen in women and testosterone among men.

  • Smoking is one of the main reasons that leads to weak bone density.

  • Certain types of medications meant for ailments like asthma, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. can lead to loss of bone and painful fractures.

  • Deficiency of Vitamin D

  • When you lead an inactive lifestyle without much movement.

  • Addiction to alcohol

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