Does anyone have this? My rheumatologist wrote in his report that it is common with RA, but it is the only symptom I have with lab back up. I have mild periarticular osteopenia of the metacarpophalangeal joints. I have no idea what this really is, except for what I can find on Google. The doctor doesnt plan on seeing me again to discuss anything since my blood labs came back normal the 2nd time around.
Periarticular osteopenia is osteoporosis of the bone ends near inflamed joints. Metacarpal (bones of the palm of the hand) phalangies (finger bones). The metacarpophalangeal joints are the joints between the palm and fingers. I have osteopenia as well.
Yes, I have osteopenia. It's the precursor for osteoperosis. Make sure you are taking Vitamin D and 1200 to 1500 Calcium daily,
Osteopenia is the halfway point to Osteoporosis. It means your bones are deteriorating. Your doctor will probably have you take calcium and D3.
The inflammation is probably what is causing the pain
Does osteopenia cause pain? My middle finger at the joint hurts constantly. Sometimes I wake up in the night because my fingers hurt. Sometimes the pain radiates up my arm. I need to be careful about taking calcium supplements because I have a history of kidney stones.