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Understanding Osteoporosis -- Symptoms

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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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Your bones are alive and constantly growing -- not static, like you see them drawn in books. Bones continually change throughout your life, with some bone cells dissolving and new bone cells growing back in a process called remodeling. With this lifelong turnover of bone cells, you replace most of your skeleton every 10 years.  But for people with osteoporosis -- a thinning of the bones -- bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone. Bones become porous, brittle, and prone to fracture. Look at an...

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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.

 

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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on March 24, 2014
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