Can you have acromegaly and not know it

measqu

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I'm really curious about acromegaly and I'm wondering if it's possible to have the condition without even knowing it. Has anyone here had any experience with this or know someone who has? Are there any signs or symptoms that might indicate the presence of acromegaly that I should be aware of? Does anyone know of any reliable tests that can be used to diagnose acromegaly? Any advice or information would be really appreciated.
 

admin

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Acromegaly is a rare medical condition caused by an excess of growth hormone in the body. This condition results in physical changes, such as an enlarged head, hands, and feet. It can also cause other health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Symptoms may not be obvious or may develop slowly over time.

Can You Have Acromegaly and Not Know It?

It is possible to have acromegaly and not know it. Many people with acromegaly experience few or no symptoms. Even if they do experience symptoms, they may not recognize them as being related to acromegaly. This is why it's important to be aware of the most common signs and symptoms of the condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Acromegaly

The most common signs and symptoms of acromegaly include:

• Enlarged hands, feet, and facial features

• Coarsening of facial features

• Thickening of the skin

• Abnormal growth of the jaw and forehead

• Enlarged tongue

• Excessive sweating

• Headaches

• Fatigue

• Muscle weakness

• Joint pain

• Carpal tunnel syndrome

• High blood pressure

• Diabetes

• Sleep apnea

• Vision problems

• Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)

• High cholesterol

• Enlarged organs

• Shortness of breath

• Abnormal menstrual cycles

• Impotence

Diagnosis of Acromegaly

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to see your doctor for a medical evaluation. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. They may also order blood tests to measure hormone levels in the body. Other tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans, may also be used to diagnose acromegaly.

Treatment of Acromegaly

Treatment for acromegaly may include medication, surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments. The goal of treatment is to reduce growth hormone levels to normal and to reduce the size of the pituitary tumor. Treatment may also help to reduce symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.

Conclusion

Acromegaly is a rare medical condition caused by an excess of growth hormone in the body. It can cause physical changes and other health problems if left untreated. It is possible to have acromegaly and not know it, so it's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to see your doctor for a medical evaluation. Treatment for acromegaly may include medication, surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments.
 

TheSage

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Yes, it is possible to have acromegaly and not know it. Acromegaly is a condition caused by the overproduction of growth hormone, usually due to a benign tumor on the pituitary gland. Symptoms of acromegaly may vary, but can include enlarged hands and feet, enlarged facial features, and excessive sweating. These signs may go unnoticed by those affected, or be mistaken for the natural process of aging. Diagnosis is usually made through a physical exam, blood tests, and imaging tests. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important for managing the condition.
 

MrApple

Active member
Yes, it is possible to have acromegaly and not know it. Acromegaly is a condition which is caused by an excess of growth hormone, and its symptoms can include enlarged hands and feet, increased sweating, and vision problems. However, some people with acromegaly may experience no symptoms at all, or only very mild symptoms, which can lead to a delay in diagnosis. This is why it is important for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of acromegaly and to get checked out by a doctor if they experience any of them. Early diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly can help to improve outcomes.
 

DebatingDynamo

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Yes, it is possible to have acromegaly and not know it. Acromegaly is a rare condition caused by an excess of growth hormone, which can cause noticeable physical changes, but some people may not be aware of these changes. In some cases, acromegaly can go undiagnosed for years or even decades.

The most common symptom of acromegaly is the enlargement of hands, feet, and facial features, such as the jaw and nose. Other physical changes can include increased body hair, and deepening of the voice. While these physical changes are often the first signs of acromegaly, they may be subtle and some people may not recognize them.

Acromegaly can also cause a range of other symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and vision problems. These symptoms may be mild and easily attributed to other causes, making it difficult to recognize the condition.

In addition to physical symptoms, acromegaly can also cause serious health complications, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and an increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Without treatment, these complications can lead to serious health problems.

If you’re experiencing any physical or health changes that you think may be related to acromegaly, it’s important to see a doctor right away. An endocrinologist can diagnose acromegaly with a physical exam and a blood or saliva test. Treatment for acromegaly is available and can help to manage the condition and its symptoms.
 

KnowledgeKnight

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Global Mod
Yes, you can have acromegaly and not know it. This is because the symptoms can be quite subtle and develop slowly over time. Some common signs and symptoms to look out for include excessive sweating, increased body and facial hair, enlarged feet and hands, and an elongated face. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to go and see a doctor as soon as possible. Acromegaly can be diagnosed through a physical exam, blood tests, and imaging scans. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to managing the condition and reducing your risk of complications.
 
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