Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is often referred to as a silent disease. The associated bone loss usually occurs without symptoms. Since many people mistakenly believe that all medical conditions cause symptoms. As a result, they do not see a doctor until the condition is far advanced.
In the early stages of osteoporosis, there is usually no pain or other symptoms. Once the bones have been weakened, you may have the following symptoms:
Collapsed vertebra, which may initially be felt or seen in the form of:
- Severe back pain
- Loss of height over time, with stooped posture (kyphosis). With normal aging, everyone has some loss of height. However, a loss of one inch or more is significant and may indicate osteoporosis.
- Fracture of a bone, such as the wrist or hip, due to the bones becoming over-brittle. This is sometimes the first symptom of osteoporosis.
National Institutes of Health website. Available at: http://www.nih.gov/ .
National Osteoporosis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.nof.org/ .
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