Bone disorders of any cause, origin or nature, often lead to lifelong health complications in the adult who suffers from the disease. For many individuals, the complications of bone disorder are attributed to a condition known as osteitis deformans.
Osteitis deformans, is a nonmalignant bone disorder that is also commonly referred to as Paget’s disease. Described, medically, as a condition in which bone resportion occurs at a faster rate than normal, individuals with osteitis deformans experience a variety of complications expanding beyond the compromise of bone integrity and bone pain.
With nearly three percent of the adult population, over age 50, experiencing osteitis deformans, there is growing health concern among the aging population. Because osteitis deformans can lead to complications leading to fractures and breaks, there is great risk for decreased mobility, loss of independence and even complications that can result in death.
For many sufferers of Paget’s disease, there is no indication the complication exists and, as a result, many in the elderly population are not even aware of the bone disease’s presence. Many times, the secondary complications, affecting the eyes, ears, heart and nervous system become symptomatic, leading to the diagnosis of osteitis deformans by a healthcare professional.
If you suffer from osteitis deformans, it is important to know what your treatment options are. While there is no cure for osteitis deformans, also known as Paget’s disease, there are therapies that can improve symptoms and, possibly, prevent long term health complications. Prescription bisphosphonates are most commonly used as they work to slow the resportion of bone, restoring, to some degree, a normalcy.
In addition to slowing the resportion process, your osteitis deformans most likely causes you great pain. For this reason, using medications that offer pain relief are also important. If you suffer from secondary health complications, such as those involving the heart, eyes, ears or nervous system, your doctor should address these areas of concern as well.
As with any complication involving a bone disease, the key to your long term health lies in the early detection and treatment. If you are like many adults who have been diagnosed with osteitis deformans, you, most likely, were diagnosed following complications of a secondary condition. Once diagnosed, discuss your treatment options to ensure you are properly managing any complications of vision, hearing, nervous system or cardiovascular system, but also utilize the prescription medications necessary to slow resportion and manage your pain.