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    Do I have acromegaly?

    Lately I have noticed an unusual swelling of my hands, feet, lips and ears. At first I thought it was an allergic reaction or something that would go away in time, but it hasn't gone away. Do I have acromegaly?
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  • Dr Kevin Lee

    Endocrinologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician

    Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nuclear Medicine. I am on Twitter @dr_kevinlee. I am on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinleefracp/ I help patients with obesity, diabetes, thyroid, … View Profile

    Usually the changes are very insidious that often it takes a distant friend or relative to notice the facial features. The acral(hands and feet) enlargement are also quite slow and patients usually notice these when the shoes or rings are getting too small.

     

    Other signs include easy sweating, oily skin.

    There can also be other problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, obstructive sleep apnoea, high blood pressure, headache, visual field defects, diabetes, menstrual disturbance.

     

    It is advisable not to try to Dr Google or self-diagnose, as there are also other causes that can cause more sudden swelling. It is therefore strongly recommended that you see your GP in the first instance, who can assess you clinically and also arrange for blood tests and possibly imaging.

     

    Regards,

    Dr Kevin Lee

    Consultant Physician Endocrinologist.

    http://www.banyoclinic.com.au/dr-kevin-lee-endocrinologist/

    http://www.dr-kevinlee.com

    http://www.facebook.com/kevinleeFRACP/

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