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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:

  • Backache
  • A gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture, bent forward

Osteoporosis pain

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
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on January 03, 2018

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