The pituitary gland is responsible for human growth hormones secretion. If everything goes right, a personal organism develops naturally and normally; however, there are cases when a benign tumor grows on the pituitary gland. As a result, human growth hormone becomes produced in an excessive amount and this leads to acromegaly symptoms development. It is a rare debilitating illness and is curable. However, it is better that it is diagnosed as early as possible for the serious consequences and complications have got higher chances to be avoided.
It is very hard to diagnose the condition at once as some early signs and acromegaly symptoms can be ambivalent and misguiding. Very frequently the changes in physical appearance are taken for granted and especially in children they are taken as normal alternations and signs of growing.
Acromegaly symptoms can manifest themselves both in men and women and in any age actually. However, in kids if it is noticed, the condition is called gigantism.
As it is evoked by the tumor the symptoms are directly connected with its behavior and appearance – its size and location as well as the rate of growth and also the age of the person. It is however, not only just the presence of the tumor that triggers acromegaly symptoms but also the amount of human growth hormone that is produced as a result.
It is characteristic for a person with acromegaly to experience the following appearance alternations: his sebaceous glands get enlarged as well as facial features. Bones tend to overgrow and hair start growing excessively. Bones around joints swell and skin gets oily and greasy. Feet and hands also swell and a person starts gaining weight unexpectedly and unexplainably.
Moreover, as physical appearance changes, so does a person’s sensations. It is very frequent that a person experiencing acromegaly symptoms feels fatigue in the muscles, sweats a lot and starts seeing badly. With excessive smelling bad odor comes. Women often have menstrual problems. Voice changes and snoring frequently starts. Internal organs can get enlarged – such as liver and kidneys. Headaches are very frequent and pains in joints as well. Acromegaly can cause impotence as well.
It has already been said that acromegaly symptoms are very easy to confuse with the symptoms of some other condition. That is why a person can be diagnosed wrongly or too late. It is very important to treat the following symptoms of the condition as these are really fraught with very severe consequences:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Respiratory problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sleep apnea
Acromegaly symptoms are very well capable of triggering the above mentioned conditions and therefore it is important to be careful diagnosing a person with a suspicion for the disorder.
The surest treatment for acromegaly is surgery. However, it should be done as early as possible in order to be fairly successful. Sometimes, on later stages, surgical removal of the tumor is no longer helpful and other options, such as medical or radiation therapy, are offered.
It is better when the acromegaly symptoms are revealed earlier – the treatment will be much more successful.