30 Years Old, Low Vitamin D and Osteopenia

by Dianna Vann
(Jackson, NC)

My name is Dianna and I am 30 yrs. old. I do know that I have a vitamin D deficiency and I have been on 50,000 of vitamin D weekly for the past 4 months. I have had several TSH thyroid levels come back low, but I have had one or two that were ok they say so there is no reason to do anything.

I also know I have osteopenia which showed up on a bone density scan. All of the other test so far have been ok, like calcium levels. I have been battling broken ribs for the past 6-7 months. I started out with one broke rib, then that night is when I believe 2 more broke, but was not found on x-ray till at least a month later. Now about 6 months down the road from the 1st broke rib I find out there are now 7 broken ribs total! Before all of this started with my ribs I had constant lower back pain.

The dr's didn't seem to believe I could be in so much pain with me being so young and my MRI's not showing any cause. My dr wants me to now see an endocrinologist. Now, my question is do you know what could be going on? I thought maybe it could be osteomalacia, but was wondering if I should still be showing problems of that if I have been on the vitamin D for 4 months. Thank you for any help you have for me.

Also I am curious as to who is answering these questions?? (Dr?)

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I'm a Nurse...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Dianna,

I answer every question with my real name and title at the top and bottom (I'm an RN and a trained alternative medical practitioner) and I have answered every question on this site myself.

You can also see more about me on the 'about me' tab that is on one of the tabs on the left hand 'navigation bar' with all of the subjects that I talk about. Feel free to see the other questions that I've answered- I'm always transparent about who I am and use my real name.

So, Dianna. Sorry to hear about your problems and I'll go into what I think is likely to be going on with you. But first, you DO have osteomalacia. Osteomalacia, by definition, is simply osteopenia with pain. You have that. But osteomalacia- and osteopenia- are SYMPTOMS, they are not CAUSING anything- they are the result of something else.

Another thing is that you asked if you should still have this problem if you've been taking vitamin D. But vitamin d levels are distinctly different than osteomalacia, osteopenia, osteoporosis or whatever. It's VERY simplistic to think that because you got your vitamin D levels up that a complex problem such as long term loss of bone will have vanished. Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

So, if you are 30 and you have this severe severe problem, you have much more than 'just' vitamin d deficiency. You have some sort of metabolic problem going on. You don't get problems like yours at 30 years old just randomly.

And what is quite likely and you should INSIST on having your doctors looked into is that you may have Celiac Disease. Please read my pages on Gluten Sensitivity and the Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity pages.

Take a look at those pages and let me know what you think...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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Just wanted to say...
by: Anonymous

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have not read the pages yo mentioned, but I was so thankful for your resonse and very quick at that! Eveything you have said makes sense and is what I haev been thinking for a little bit now. I guess you can say I am a medical research junkie, but I do worry sometimes that I read too much online and it all may not be true, but of course now I am happy to know I have found a REAL site thank you again.

30 with osteopenia
by: Brian

Hello my name is Brian and I just turned 30.lastweek I was diagnosed with osteopenia after having had broken bones off and on my entire life,the most recent being a L1 compression fracture,a loss of %30.

I,ve had everything from 8 ribs,clavacle,arms,fingers,toes and even a skull fracture.I have 6inches of steel and 13 screws holding my shoulder together and yet the gov still sends me a denial everytime I file for disability.

They see me as being young and can,t believe that I,m in all this pain.I even have a hard time trying to get my doctor to prescribe me pain meds,He looks at me like I,m a junky or something and it really hurts my feelings.But my question to anyone out there that has had this diagnoses,were they successful in getting benefits?

I,ve worked in construction and the oilfield all my life,thats all I know and in my condition It,s very dangerous so I,m debating on wiether or not to ride this thing out and keep fighting for disability benefits or just say the heck with it and go on back to work.

I,m the single father of three also so I have to make my decision pretty quick.If anybody out there has any insight it would most appreciated!Thanks Brian D

You Almost Certainly Have Celiac
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Brian,

While I can't help you out with disability issues, I CAN tell you that you almost certainly have undiagnosed Celiac Disease- EVEN IF you've been tested.

So, I encourage you to read my page on Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity. And since Celiac Disease is genetic, if you have Celiac Disease, like I suspect that you do, then your kids are also at very high risk and they are going to be prone to any number of health problems as well if you do not get them diagnosed early.

Since testing is so inaccurate, I would highly suggest that you take a look at the genetic test called MyCeliacID and get tested. If YOU have the genes for Celiac, then at least part of your problem is almost certainly due to malabsorption.

But if you have the genes, your kids should be tested too- don't have them suffer with undiagnosed Celiac for years like you possibly are.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Something to consider
by: Anonymous

You may want to begin taking Magnesium Supplements with that calcium and Vit D3, to insure you are getting enough of the right stuff to help build bone back. The other consideration is the possibility of Adrenal Gland Fatigue. If your adrenals are fatigued, you may not be able to regulate your minerals correctly and that may be the cause of your continued osteomalacia.

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