Talking to Your Doctor About Osteoporosis
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for osteoporosis?
- How do I know if someone in my family had or has osteoporosis? (What physical signs or symptoms should I be looking for?)
- Am I currently taking any medication that puts me at higher risk for developing osteoporosis?
- How can I prevent osteoporosis?
- How do I know if my bone density is low?
- How do I know if I have fractured a bone in my spine?
- How do I best treat osteoporosis?
What medications are available to help me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking for other conditions?
- Do any of the medications I am taking for other conditions cause dizziness, light-headedness, disorientation, or a loss of balance that could lead to a fall?
- Do any of the medications I’m taking contribute to bone loss?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
How much calcium is right for me?
- How do I best obtain this calcium?
- Should I be taking calcium supplements?
- Do I need to worry about my vitamin D intake?
- Are there other dietary changes I should make? How do I go about it?
Should I engage in exercise?
- What kind of exercise is best?
- How often should I exercise?
- How do I get started with an exercise program?
- If I've already broken a bone, should I still exercise? What precautions should I take?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol?
- How can I find help to quit smoking?
- What can I do to decrease my risk of falling?
- Should I rearrange things in my home?
- How do I know that my prevention or treatment program is effective?
- Will you regularly monitor my bone density?
- Will I lose height?
Osteoporosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated July 15, 2013. Accessed July 22, 2013.
Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/healthcare-management/working-with-your-doctor/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.html. Updated November 2010. Accessed July 22, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -