• 9 months ago

    38 yr old male. Osteoporosis. Lyme disease??

    I was diagnosed with osteoporosis when I was 34. I am very active and in good shape. While struggling to find answers and never getting a root cause, I feel like I should be tested for lyme disease. Many of the symptoms I have had for many years fit into lyme disease symptoms. They include joint pain, fatigue, memory problems, brain fog, anxiety, depression. Has anyone had experience with lyme disease and where the best place is to get tested? I read that 56% of people that have lyme disease test negative. I feel like most doctors would blow this off.


  • 8 months ago

    RE: 38 yr old male. Osteoporosis. Lyme disease??

    34 year old men do not get a diagnosis of osteoporosis. That doesn't come until you're 50. It's possible you're still growing bone to reach your maximum bone mass and you'd show low when tested. If you do have low bone density now, it would be secondary to something else going on.

    That could very possibly be a suppression of testosterone during your younger years. Alcohol would do this. We're seeing an increase in young men in our osteoporosis center who were big partiers during their high school and college years and now have low bone mass as a result.

    Or it could be that you were on a medication that has bone loss as a side effect - like prednisone, inhalers, anti seizure drugs or some diabetic drugs.

    If none of those are the case, I'd consult an endocrinologist for further testing.

    Why did you have a DXA in the first place? Have you fractured? Are you taller than 5'8"? Did your mother or father break a hip?

    At the very least, you need to consume 1000 mg of calcium a day, taken in two doses. You also need to have your Vit D levels checked and take a Vit D supplement.

    In your activities, be sure to keep your spine straight. No crunches, twists or running. All those movements cause stress on the spine which can eventually result in a compression fracture.

    If you want more info, go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation website, www.nof.org. You'll find the most reliable and verifiable information there.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: 38 yr old male. Osteoporosis. Lyme disease??

    What about hyperparathyroidism? Check website www.parathyroid.com. The symptoms fit perfectly to hyperparathyroidism.
      • Your symptoms could also be Lupus it any of a number of autoimmune diseases. I am a 39 y/o female diagnosed with osteoporosis. It's possible, but rare. I'll see an endocrinologist soon. For now, I'm a mystery case.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: 38 yr old male. Osteoporosis. Lyme disease??

    I'm 69 but I've backpacked and camped for 30 some years. I have had the same symptoms since June. I've had to request all the tests that I wanted because my doctor didn't do anything but recommend PT which I did for 6 weeks. I finally requested a blood test which showed me very low in B12. I took b12 vitamin but still had symptoms. I finally requested lyme's test along with neurology appointment. My lyme's test was positive. They did the initial test and if that is positive then they do the western blot test. The neurologist did a MRI and found signs of lymes. I now have an appointment with infectious disease MD. I understand by all my readings that blood tests may not show anything and still you have it. MDs are often sceptical about the disease and some places say you need to see a lymes literate MD. I'm a little nervous as to whether the doctors have enough experience to treat me, but I'll wait til my appointment.