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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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Call Your Doctor About Osteoporosis If:

  • You develop a backache or sudden severe back pain, which can indicate a spinal compression fracture caused by osteoporosis.
  • Dental X-rays reveal a loss of bone in the jaw, which can be a sign of osteoporosis.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on March 24, 2014
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