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What symptoms suggest bone loss?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Endocrinology 10 years experience
Usually none: Bone loss, which eventually leads to osteoporosis and osteopenia , does not cause symptoms. It does, however, increase the risk of fracture. A bone density test, or dxa, can determine if there is bone loss.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sometimes, none: Bone loss is assessed in post-menopausal women with a bone densiometry study. Estrogen tends to mitigate bone loss in pre-menopausal women. Many women with bone loss have no symptoms until a "spontaneous fracture" occurs with or without a fall.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD THAT MEN ALSO GET BONE LOSS BUT MANY TIMES IT IS OVERLOOKED OR NOT THOUGHT ABOUT SINCE MOST PEOPLE INCLUDING DOCTORS THINK BONE LOSS IS ONLY A WOMEN'S DISEASE.
Mar 8, 2012
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 24 years experience
Perio probing: Symptoms would be tooth mobility, bleeding gums, and may occur with or without pain. Halitosis is another symptom, and maybe loss of function if the bone loss is severe. Periodontal charting or probing, a process of measuring attachment level using the probes will clarify the extent of bone loss. Radiographic also helps diagnosis.

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