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, vertebra, or hip fracture.
Osteoporosis symptoms that affect the spine may appear in some people. Symptoms may include:
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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 May 19, 2016.
What is osteoporosis and what causes it? National Osteoporosis Foundation website. Available at: https://www.nof.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis. Accessed May 19, 2016.
Last reviewed May 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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