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Old 01-28-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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Bone diseases?

This seemed like the best place to ask this, does anybody know anything about possible genetic bone diseases. I don't want to make assumptions but I'm starting to think me and my daughter might have some sort of genetic weak bone syndrome or something. I don't want to say OI (aka brittle bone disease) but its starting to fit a little bit. I've read that some people with a mild version is often passed genetically and people with moderate/severe versions get it through a mutated gene. People with mild symptoms can have only a few breaks their entire lifetime and be considered "normal". I don't mean that severe OI people are not normal, but that they can't do certain things like go out and play football, etc.

Anyways, we both fit more than just one or two of the symptoms on the OI website but the problem is our breaks weren't just caused by something simple like someone grabbing our arm to hard, etc. I broke my collarbones a combined 5 times from falling off of things like a trampoline (onto a bicycle), a top bunk (landing on a little tykes vanity), a kitchen counter, wrestling with my older bro and being tossed over his shoulder and landing flat on my back on the floor (he was only on his knees though so I fell like 3 feet) and lastly, my brother and my neighbor were sitting on the end of a small trailer which made it tip down like a ramp. They somehow talked me into riding my bike off and when I got to the edge, they jumped off the trailer sending me flying through the air and again landing on my back on the ground. So see, most of mine I can kind of see how I broke them...

My daughter is 4 and already broken 2 bones. Her tibia (shin) right below her knee (at 2.5 yo) and her humerus (upper arm) last week right above her elbow. Both of these happened from her jumping on a trampoline and landing wrong. She didn't fall off of a trampoline or any of that, she just landed wrong and her bones cracked.

Des anybody have any help that might send me in the right direction of a google search? I tried looking up some causes the other day but the only one that seemed to fit was mild OI and that just seems so drastic and like "it could never happen to me" kind of thing.

Or were all these breaks just normal from the activities and I'm looking for zebras but it's just horses?

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Old 01-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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I'd look at past family history. Are there others with a similar extensive history of breaks? I'd ask your parents if they know of any others who have dealt with similar problems.

Some of the situations do sound like times when one could be easily injured & break a bone, like a trampoline, with out any other condition. I'd be looking at things like serious or more unusual breaks under situations when most would just walk away with bruises.

For example, I have Ehlers Danlos, a genetic connective tissue disorder. I tripped in my living room, had a minor fall that didn't even require ice & I tore the meniscus, took a chunk out of the muscle on the other side & cracked my knee cap. I had a really minor fall but did major damage. I had surgery in August & still can't walk well & as my orthopedic dr put it my "range of motion sucks" LOL And just from using crutches from the knee surgery, I have 2 bulging & herniated disks sitting on a nerve and need surgery ASAP to fix that mess.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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Well, the only other person I know of with breaks in my family off the top of my head is my mom. She broke her collar bone when she was little, t I think that was it. We don't know much of her family history because she was adopted. We know the family, but don't keep in much contact. I could ask them.

My sister broke her nose once. She was in center field in softball and someone hit a grounder and it popped up into her face right as she bent down to catch it. She also broke her finger, but it was smashed in between two very very heavy doors.

Other people, I don't recall being hurt. It's just crazy that out of all of the kids in our family in two generations (my sibs and cousins, and our kids) the ONLY two people ever hurt on the many trampolines is just me and my daughter. And thats with 25 ish people over the years! And we all played rough and did flips and double bounced each other and played that whole "bacon and eggs" game where you lay flat like bacon and if they bounce around you and you bend you are "cooked" and egg is the same except you are in the fetal position and "crack". we did all kinds of crazy things as kids and now all it takes is one little random fall and my kid breaks a bone.


On another note though, I'm so sorry for what you are going through! That sounds very painful!!
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:19 PM   #4
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I have a long history of fractures and most from very untramatic events. First break to my right arm was from falling off the trunk of a car. Second was a Coolies fracture (which typically occurs in elderly women) from tripping and falling forward with outstretched arms. Broke my left arm falling off the bottom bed of a bunkbed. I've had a greenstick fracture of a rib on my right side that I still have no clue how I got and have broken ribs twice in horseback riding falls. Another fall from a horse bought me a plate and four screws to my right hand. The ortho md that did my surgery kept commenting about my frail looking xrays and "soft to the drill" bones. I also have two bone scans that showed osteopenia (low bone density) in some bones and osteoporosis in others AT 23 YEARS OLD!!!! All this led to many appointments with many specialists. Finally a metabolic bone disease specialist in a major university system saw me, ran a bazillion and one tests, and decided I was fine. Apparently I'm just brittle. Who knows!?!
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