Sufferers of Brittle Bone Disease (sometimes called Osteogenesis Imperfecta) must endure a number of physical symptoms and difficulties throughout their life.

Brittle Bone Disease affects all races and genders equally. There is no cultural, racial, or gender-geared predisposition for the disease. There is also no cure. Because sufferers of Brittle Bone Disease struggle with weakened bones, they often suffer breaks and fractures.

This level of injury is alarming because it can eventually lead to further difficulties and issues, so it is important to discover the disorder early and develop a treatment plan.

What is Brittle Bone Disease?

Man smiling with woman in pink

The “disease” is fairly self-explanatory. While it is actually a genetic disorder, the result of the disorder is weakened and brittle bones.

While the disorder doesn’t pick favorites among races or genders, there are genetic predispositions for the disorder.

All of us have a gene within our bodies that create collagen. Collagen is the protein substance that is found in our bones that provides them with added strength. Some families pass down a mutation of this gene which causes their bodies to not produce enough collagen. As a result, Brittle Bone Disease occurs.

It should be noted that it is not necessary for both parents to have this disorder in order to pass it down to their offspring. It is also not always inherited from a parent at all. In certain individuals, the gene simply mutates on its own for reasons that are not yet understood.

Ask Yourself the Following Questions

When we are dealing with a disorder like Brittle Bone Disease, which doesn’t always present itself with rhyme or reason, we must be hyper-vigilant in our self-screening.

Fortunately, there are several warning signs of the disorder which can present us the clues we need to take charge of our bone health and seek help if we suspect we are Brittle Bone Disease sufferers. They are outlined below.

Have you suffered more than one fracture in the recent years?

Are you shrinking as you age?

Have you ever suffered an unexplained fracture?

Are the whites of your eyes tinted blue?

Do your joints feel loose?

How great is your hearing?

What does your dentist think?

Do you feel tired all the time?

How firm does your skin feel?

Do you often suffer from aches and pains?

What to Do When You Suspect You Have Brittle Bone Disease?

Baby sleeping

If you suspect you are suffering from Brittle Bone Disease, you should contact your doctor for a physical and speak to them about your concerns in person. If necessary, make a list and log of your symptoms in the days ahead of the appointment. We often forget important things when we are sitting in the clinic.

Your doctor will likely make a referral for you to visit with a rheumatologist to conduct more in-depth testing to determine whether your bones really are deteriorating as a result of Brittle Bone Disease or if there is another underlying problem. The important thing to remember, though, is to relax and take your doctor’s recommendations as they come. Treatment and relief are right around the corner!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This