What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis gradually weakens the bones over the years and may not cause any symptoms until a person has a fall, often breaking a bone in the wrist, spine, or hip.
In some people with weakened bones, a simple cough or a sneeze could be enough to cause a fractured rib.
Other symptoms of osteoporosis
There are warning signs of osteoporosis aside from bone fractures. They include:
- A gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture, bent forward
In many cases, there may be no pain associated with osteoporosis unless the person with osteoporosis suffers a bone fracture.
Seek medical advice 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