Osteoporosis - Complications

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What are complications of osteoporosis?

The primary complication of osteoporosis is bone fracture. This may lead to no symptoms or be associated with severe, intractable pain. Recurrent fractures are common and can lead to deteriorating skeletal structure. Occasionally, fractures of the spinal vertebrae can push bone into adjacent nerves and/or spinal cord. This can require neurosurgical intervention. Osteoporotic vertebral fractures can also be relieved by vertebroplasty (kyphoplasty) procedures whereby the collapsed vertebra is inflated by a balloon and a cement (methylmethacrylate) is injected to reform structure to the vertebra.

Repeated vertebral compression fractures can lead to severe deformity of the spine of the chest (kyphosis) that can compromise breathing along with cause extreme loss of height. This can increase the risk of problems with any respiratory infections.

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Comment from: lily, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I have been taking medication first Fosamax then Actonel; both have caused stomach problems and chest pains, bloating and plenty of unwanted gas and muscle pains. I have been advised to now go on injection Prolia but after reading side effects, I have decided to go of all medications. I will self-medicate with a mixture of calcium and magnesia in pure vinegar; I am over side effects of other medications.

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