How Cystic Fibrosis Affects the Bones
Many people who have Reference cystic fibrosis Opens New Window have low Reference bone mineral density Opens New Window, because they have problems absorbing Reference vitamin D Opens New Window and Reference calcium Opens New Window, which are necessary for strong and healthy bones. Low bone mineral density can make a person who has cystic fibrosis more likely to have bone Reference fractures Opens New Window or to develop Reference osteopenia Opens New Window or Reference osteoporosis Opens New Window in adulthood.
Routine Reference dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) tests can check the density and strength of your bones.
Spending small amounts of time in the sun, exercising, taking vitamins, and eating nutritious foods can help prevent bone problems.
People who have cystic fibrosis may also have painful or swollen joints (arthralgia or Reference arthritis Opens New Window) from time to time. Often these joint problems do not last more than a week and any pain can usually be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Reference NSAIDs Opens New Window) such as ibuprofen.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 15, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology