Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a rare genetic disorder (also known as brittle bone disease) which is caused by a mutation (change) in a gene that affects bone formation, strength of the bone, and the tissues. There are approximately 25,000-50,000 people who are effected by OI in the U.S.
There have been studies that have identified 15 known types of this disorder. The first types were established back in the 1970s. Within all the OI types there is a mild to severity range. Also, within each individual OI type there is a mild to severity range. My mother and I both have Type IV, but my case is more severe than my mother’s case.
OI also causes other health issues,such as bowed legs, short stature, scoliosis, loose joints (hyperflexibility), Dentinogenesis Imperfecta (DI), hearing/vision issues, easy bruising, fragile skin, fatigue, and much more. Approximately 50% of people who have OI, also have DI.
Since OI is a life-long illness, chronic pain is a huge part of our lives but we can’t spend our life sitting around complaining about pain when we can go out into the world and achieve goals that we set our minds to.
For more information about OI/DI or anything else OI related, log onto http://www.oif.org.