One of the most common symptoms of acromegaly is the abnormal swelling of the hands and feet. This symptom sets in early, as patients notice a change in ring or shoe size. Gradually, the patient's facial features changes because of changes in the bone. For example, the brow and lower jaw protrude, the nasal bone becomes large, and even the teeth space out. The overgrowth of bone and cartilage can lead to arthritis.
Some other common symptoms of acromegaly:
- Enlarged lips, nose, and tongue
- Coarse, oily, thickened skin
- Excessive sweating and skin odor
- Joint ache
- Small outgrowths of skin tissue or skin tags
- Enlarged sinuses and vocal cords leading to deepening of the voice
- Obstruction of the airway resulting in sleep apnea-breaks in breathing during sleep
- Headache and fatigue
- Impaired vision
Normally, acromegaly develops very slowly, even the patient’s family members may not notice the gradual physical changes that occur. An early diagnosis is critical for the patient to receive proper care.