What are the common symptoms of osteoporosis?

In osteoporosis, bones gradually lose density – becoming thinner and more porous. There are typically no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. Once the bones begin to lose their integrity and strength, one may experience signs and symptoms such as: 
 
  • Back pain, caused by fractured or collapsed vertebra
  • Loss of 1 or 2 inches of height
  • Curving of the upper back (Dowager’s hump)
  • Stooped posture
  • Bone tenderness
  • Bone break or fracture
 
 
osteoporosis symptoms
 
 

Sources
  • “Osteoporosis.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 6 July 2016, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20207860.
  • Harding, Dr Mary. “Osteoporosis. Signs, Symptoms & Treatment of Osteoporosis.” . Signs, Symptoms & Treatment of Osteoporosis | Patient, Patient.info, 10 Dec. 2015, patient.info/health/osteoporosis-leaflet.
  • “OsteoporosisSigns and Symptoms.” UCSF Medical Center, www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/osteoporosis/signs_and_symptoms.html.

 

From Our Blog: Blood Calcium Levels - Hypocalcemia vs. Hypercalcemia

In order for the heart and muscles to function properly, as well as to ensure bone development, normal blood calcium levels are essential. When the blood has too little calcium levels, the condition is known as hypocalcemia. In contrast, hypercalcemia is a condition in which the calcium levels in the blood are above normal. Too much or too little of calcium in the blood can weaken bones, create kidney stones, and interfere with proper heart and brain function.

blood calcium levels - hypocalcemia vs. hypercalcemia infographic


 

 

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