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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
  • Bloating
  • Quick feeling of fullness while eating
  • Difficulty breathing

References:

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_Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/overview.asp . Accessed July 16, 2013.



Last reviewed June 2013 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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