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Osteoporosis

Symptoms of Osteoporosis

10/20/2003

Question:

what are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

Answer:

There are no symptoms of osteoporosis. Bones become less dense without any pain at all. Some people may experience mild compression fractures of the spine without realizing that is what happened. If you have lost an inch or two of height, you may want to check with your physician. Small amounts of height loss, however, can be due to flattening of the discs in between the vertebrae, a process that is not osteoporosis. Some individuals may not realize they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. If you are 65 years old or older, consider getting a bone density test. If you are menopausal but younger than 65 and have other risk factors for osteoporosis, you might also be eligible for a bone density test.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati