Chiropractor Questions Osteoporosis

Are there any symptoms of osteoporosis?

I am a 42-year-old woman, with an athletic body. However, I have suddenly started developing symptoms of pain around my bones, muscles, and joints. What are the symptoms of osteoporosis? Could my pain be connected with this condition? Please advice.

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Dr. David Tucker
Usually, pain is not a strong indicator of osteoporosis, but it could be a sign of other ailments, especially if it's in multiple joints. For women, strength training and being active is strongly correlated with a DECREASE risk of osteoporosis. If you have a family history of osteoporosis or are on medication that could accelerate bone loss, there is a mild chance that your pain is related to that, however, I would get checked out regardless by a healthcare professional if you have multiple joints that are achy and/or
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Osteoporosis is a possibility, does it run in your family? I am thinking more likely some form of arthritis or degenerative joint disease. The best way to know this for sure and not do any guesswork would be to have films taken of the areas in question. You can likely start out with X-rays and see what they show.
Unlikely, osteoporosis typically has no symptoms until there is a fracture. Depending on family history and amount of physical stress to the body It is more likely to be osteoarthritis, an x-ray will determine this, or simply muscle soreness related to high activity. Soft tissue theropy would be the best place to start, specifically (Active Release Technique)
42 is too young for osteoporosis. Usually, after menopause, symptoms may occur, so I don't believe you have osteoporosis. I would either try going to a chiropractor and see if they can provide you with a proper diagnosis. You might just need some supplements and treatment. You can also try your primary and the doctor should work you up to see if there is another explanation for your issues.
Call PCP for bone scan.
To confirm if you have osteoporosis or not, you need to have a test called DEXA scan to check the bone density. At your age, osteoporosis is not very common especially when you do regular weight bearing exercises with the adequate amount of calcium and vitamin consumption/level. Osteoporosis may contribute to joint, muscle and/or bone pain.

These could be the symptoms of osteoporosis as well as many other issues. You are 42 so unlikely you would have osteoporosis unless you have hormonal imbalances or early menopause which could cause it. You said you have an athletic body so I'm assuming you must workout well which is good. But with workouts comes strains and overuse injuries (bursitis, tendonitis) which could cause pain in the joints of your body. Muscles can tense up and feel pain as well which could then make you feel as though your bones are hurting. I would have to know more about your hormonal history and/or any imbalance you may have there. You can also get checked for things like
fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome which can also contribute. High stress levels can cause pain throughout your body by causing adrenal fatigue. Being that you are young and athletic, consider a visit to the chiropractor for adjustments and rehab of your body and also a functional medicine doctor who can check you for chemical imbalance and even osteoporosis/osteopenia. I know I gave you a very long answer but I hope it helps.
There are no overt symptoms to osteoporosis. If you experience sudden bone breaks with minimal activity, that might be a sign. If osteoporosis runs in your family, you might ask your primary care doctor to order a bone density exam. It is a quick and painless test to determine calcium in your bones. You don’t say wether the pain comes on after exercise or in general. If it is not due to exercise, than you should go and have a complete work up by your doctor. If your blood work and other tests are good, go find a competent Chiropractor in your area.
There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may have signs and symptoms that include:

Back pain
A stooped posture
A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected

Sounds like arthritis could be a working differential diagnosis.
Probably not, sounds more like osteoarthritis. You need to do an x ray to rule in/out both issues.

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Dr. Neil Berman
Osteoporosis doesn’t necessarily have symptoms, but a person with osteoporosis is at higher risk for injuries to the bones, such as fractures. I would recommend you see your medical doctor or chiropractor, so they can examine you and determine what is causing your symptoms and find an appropriate treatment!
Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones. There are usually no signs except easy to fracture bones. Multiple joint pain can be from misalignments or inflammation from diet, food allergies, fibromyalgia and much more. it would be wise to see your doctor or call 770-545-8888 for a free consultation.
Thank you for your question. The symptoms that you are describing can be related to osteoporosis but it is not common for a woman of your age and athletic activity to have this condition. My recommendation is to see your primary care provider and ask for a bone scan which will measure the density of your bones to better determine if you are experiencing osteoporosis.
Usually there is not joint pain associated with osteoporosis especially in someone your age. If you are a serious athlete and train everyday it could be just overuse and some rest is needed. If it were me I would rest for 3-5 days add more water to your diet and if it doesn't resolve make an appointment to see your general practitioner.
Talk to your PCP to run some bloodwork and/or ask for a DEXA scan aka bone scan. A simple X-ray may also reveal osteopenia, the pre-cursor to osteoporosis. Take iron supplements one week out of the month, if you are not a meat eater.