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Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is often referred to as a silent disease. The associated bone loss usually occurs without symptoms. Since many people mistakenly believe that all medical conditions cause symptoms, they may not see a doctor until the condition is far advanced.
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In the early stages of osteoporosis, most people don't have symptoms. Usually, the first symptom of osteoporosis is wrist or hip fracture.
Osteoporosis symptoms that affect the spine may appear in some people. Symptoms may include:
- Chronic back pain
- Kyphosis, a condition marked by a stooped posture
- Quick feeling of fullness while eating
- Difficulty breathing
Learn about osteoporosis. National Osteoporosis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.nof.org/learn. Accessed July 16, 2013.
Osteoporosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated July 15, 2013. Accessed July 16, 2013.
Osteoporosis overview. NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Bone/Osteoporosis/overview.asp. Accessed July 16, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/07/2014