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    What Are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis?

    A person is often not aware that he or she has osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. But there are occasionally symptoms of the disorder. They could include:

    • Backache
    • A gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture
    • Fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip

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    Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on February 27, 2015
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