Osteoporosis symptoms

Osteoporosis is a problem that is common among older women. This disease is one that is known for causing problems with a higher risk of having broken bones, most commonly in the wrist and spine. While the main osteoporosis symptoms can occur later in life, the truth is that the damage that is caused from inadequate calcium intake actually occurs much earlier in life. Many people do not get their daily recommended dosage of calcium, and since bones establish the main portion of their density when a person is approximately twenty five years old. Researchers believe that it is possible that the lack of calcium intake before this age is what can cause the development of the disease later in life.

If you are someone who meets these criteria for the disease and are wondering if you might be experiencing osteoporosis symptoms, then you will want to make sure that you know exactly what to look out for. In the beginning stages of the disease there actually are no specific symptoms that you can link directly to osteoporosis. However, as it progresses you might find yourself experiencing problems with pain in your neck and lower back. While many people experience these kinds of pain and not have osteoporosis, if it is something that keeps occurring without a solid reason or injury, then this could be a symptom of the disease.

More osteoporosis symptoms are likely to appear as the disease continues to spread throughout the body. One such problem could be the onset of sudden and sharp pains. This pain would be located in one specific area, and is not likely to radiate to other parts of your body. It is also likely that the pain will appear without provocation and will be made worse when weight is placed on that specific area. The sharp pain could last for up to a week and lingering problems might also be around for longer than three weeks. However, it could also be accompanied by persistent tenderness in the area where the problem first originated.

This chronic pain without a specific injury is often another osteoporosis symptom. Many times patients who have osteoporosis will report having pain from areas where there was no specific fall or traumatic injury that would have caused the origination of a broken bone. This mysterious pain often occurs in the back area and is the result of compression fractures in the spinal discs, and over time this can result in a loss of height. Another side effect of these compression fractures is the fact that people who experience them often find that they have problems with a stooped posture and this hump is a common osteoporosis symptom that appears in many who have been diagnosed with the disease.

These types of injuries are the result of the loss of bone density and do not necessarily need a beginning problem in order to occur. However, people with osteoporosis might also experience similar problems with broken and fractured bones from a fall. This is because the bones are very fragile as a result of the disease and almost any fall can cause serious injury or problems.

If you have experienced some of these osteoporosis symptoms and you are a woman who is past the point of menopause, then you should make sure that you go to your physician as soon as possible to get checked out. You should then be able to get a bone density screening that will allow you to find out if the pains you are experiencing are in fact linked to osteoporosis. Finding out early can also help you to overcome later problems with the disease.


Last updated on Jan 16th, 2010 and filed under Musculoskeletal Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses for “Osteoporosis symptoms”

  1. Mike says:

    Osteoporosis is very common. I’ve heard it affects approximately 50 percent of women in the United States. Many patients lose the the best chance for the successful treatment because osteoporosis is usually not discovered early enough. The best approach to osteoporosis treatment is through prevention. I suggest people have a bone mineral density (BMD) check which can indicate whether the patient is suffering from osteoporosis.

  2. Akosua asante agyeman says:

    I’m a girl of 16 years and have been diagnosed sayin im havin oestroporosis. I feel sharp pain within my lower back. When i experience the pain i cant sit nor stand. I just have to lie down. I experience the pain for at least every 2 weeks. They’ve prescribed drugs to me n they r: oestomin, diclofenac 50mg, codliver oil n sometimes chondroitin and calcium. My regular exercise ordered by the doctor is swimming. But i see no improvement. And i remember not fallin down or having an injury. I really want to know what to do because it is really affecting my studies.

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