Do you suffer from osteoporosis?
Most people do not realize they even have osteoporosis. According to statistics, osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people worldwide. Of those people, 1 out 3 women over 50 years old will suffer from the disease; the same goes for 1 out 5 men over 50 years old. Unfortunately, some of those individuals have no clue they suffer from osteoporosis. Even if you under 50 years old, osteoporosis could be developing within you as we speak. Here are 6 symptoms of the bone-crippling disease.
Easily suffer bone fractures
Have you broken a bone from simply tripping over your own two feet? If so, then you could very well have osteoporosis. Fracturing bones from a simple fall or minor movements such as (e.g., walking up the stairs) is a huge red flag. Strong, healthy bones can withstand simple falls. Brittle, fragile bones can’t.
Constant back and neck pain
If you constantly have aches in your back and neck, that could be osteoporosis. Studies show that people suffering from the disease have compression fractures of the spine. This causes pain to radiate throughout the spine area, due to a pinch spinal nerve. This spinal nerve holds nerves for the back and neck muscles. This pain level can range from mild to unendurable pain. It depends on how well you can
Get shorter in stature
People who suffer from osteoporosis usually get shorter. The reason for that is because it the compression fractures in the spine. Also, this is how people develop a hunchback (called kyphosis). Speaking of hunchback….
Develop a hunchback posture
People who have osteoporosis are in danger of developing a hunchback posture. Kyphosis only occurs when you are in the advanced stages of osteoporosis. If you have issues with rounding of the back and shoulders or back pain, fatigue, and soreness in the spinal area, then you may be developing kyphosis (in addition to osteoporosis).
Suffering from a chronic disease
One sickness usually leads to another if left untreated. There are various chronic diseases that cause decaying bone health (in which leads to osteoporosis). Here is a list of them:
- Hyperparathyroidism (an overactive parathyroid gland)
- Kidney failure
- Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland)
- Pituitary tumor
- Severe liver disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Adrenal disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Suffering from one or more of these health diseases put you in high risk of developing osteoporosis.
If you experience from any of those 6 symptoms, go see your doctor immediately. Like most diseases, osteoporosis gets worse the longer it goes untreated.