ZocdocAnswersWhat can cause frequent pain in the bones? (hip, legs, spine, and fingers)

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What can cause frequent pain in the bones? (hip, legs, spine, and fingers)

stress fracture in left hip this year (recovered). Stress reaction in right hip( recovered). Calcium and Vitamin D levels are fine. non-cancerous tumor on the thigh bone.

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Bone pain and stress fractures can be very painful. It sounds like you have had some significant bony pain and difficulty with several different bones in the last year. It sounds like you have been seeing a physician for some of this evaluation, including monitoring your Vitamin D and calcium levels, but clearly there are some other things going on with your health to be developing such stress fractures or benign tumors. The best thing for you to do is to continue to work with your physician (or to see a new one, if you prefer to get a second opinion) to try and identify why you keep developing these problems. Your age and health history will be very important here. In particular, it may also be important to have you undergo what is called a "dexa" scan (dual energy x-ray absorbance - basically a series of x-rays, nothing difficult or dangerous!) to measure your bone density. Particularly in women, stress fractures can be a sign of osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia, which can occur even when circulating levels of vitamin D and calcium in the blood are normal. In addition, it is also very important to review the pathology of the tumor you mention. Hopefully you and your doctor will be able to get to the bottom of this soon!

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