Acromegaly gradually causes excessive bone, tissue and organ growth. Over time, this leads to changes in your appearance and health. However, in the early stages, you can mistake symptoms, such as tiredness and skin changes, for ageing or other common conditions.
Swollen hands and feet are one of the most common symptoms. You may have noticed your shoes and rings no longer fit. You also might begin to notice your face is changing shape: your jaw and brow are beginning to protrude, your lips are thickening and nose and tongue are getting bigger. You teeth may have changed position and your “bite “ is no longer the same. Other common symptoms include: sweating, headache, sleep apnoea and arthritis. Acromegaly also places you at risk of diabetes, heart disease and respiratory disorders as well as thyroid and colon cancers.
Given the list of symptoms, it makes sense that if left untreated, acromegaly can lead to serious illness and even become life threatening.