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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1.   Based on the information below, can anyone explain a 2.8% loss of bone density at the Fermoral Neck and 6.6% gain at the Lumber Spine after 2 years? I have Celiac and I'm stunned by the opposite! Treatment: Alendronate, 70 mg/week  between April 25, 2013 to May 3, 2014. Ended due to stomach pain. Project Healthy Bones Class: Feb. 24, 2014 to April 20, 2015. We focus on posture, balance, strength and flexibility. Supplements: Calcium and Vit. D, daily.                                                                                  Bone Density Results                                              T- Values      Site                               March, 2013                          April, 2015 Lumber Spine                           -2.7                                        -2.2                             L1-L4, Dx                         osteoporosis                              osteopenia Density, g/cm2                         0.797                                      0.850 Change, %                           ------------                                    +6.6 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Left Hip                                 -1.7                                          -1.7 Dx                                    osteopenia                                osteopenia Density, g/cm2                      0.773                                       0.776 Change, %                         ----------                                      +0.4 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Femoral Neck                        -2.3                                           -2.5 Dx                                   osteopenia                               osteoporosis                   Density, g/cm2                     0.612                                           0.595 Change, %                        -----------                                        -2.8 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks!                 
  2. Hi all,   I was diagnosed with celiac and have been completely gluten free for 2 years.  At that time I had a dexa scan and was diagnosed with osteopenia.  I've been eating healthy foods and plenty of calcium for the past 2 years, but my repeat dexa scan just showed my numbers falling into osteoporosis in my spine.  (Went from -2.3 two years ago to -2.8 now.)  I'm 55, went through menopause at the average age, and am otherwise in pretty good physical shape.  My doctor put me on bisphosphonates, took away my running and other high-impact or bending/twisting activities.  I'm now taking in even more calcium (and trying to juggle it with my iron pill), walking and beginning strength training.     From your experience, there a realistic chance of my spine healing to some extent?  My score went downhill even though I've been gluten free (and repeat blood tests have confirmed I'm not getting into any unintentional gluten).   Maybe it just takes that much time for my gut to heal so I can start absorbing calcium again--or is it too  late?  I could tell you all how hard it is to deal with this on top of the problems and isolation of celiac, but you're all walking the same road and understand.
  3. Anyone if the tech person is aware of the results of the test.  Anyone had a technician that talked about the results? I didn't expect a glowing report, so nothing would surprise me. Waiting for the results is often the hard part.  Too bad I didn't check my bone density right away or years back.  I feel sure that I have already improved it some, but who knows.  30 + years of drawing from the bones is likely hard on them.   Dee