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Do I need a dexa scan?

06/18/2007

Question:

I lost 1 1/2 inches in height since 2001. My bone density screening (from lifeline screening) of my left ankle was -1.4. My doctor said that screenings do not mean anything. I am worried and think i need a dexa scan, because I havre severe stiffness in my neck and low back. And my upper back is stiff and it is hard to turn over in bed. How can I get a bone density screening if my doctor will not order it?

Answer:

Neck stiffness and low back pain are not symptoms of osteoporosis.  If you have significant risk factors for osteoporosis, a bone density test would be indicated.  See information on risk factors for osteoporosis.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati