Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (GH). It most commonly affects middle-aged adults. Enlargement of the hands and feet is one of the most common signs of the disease. Acromegaly is a rare disease. People with acromegaly have almost twice the chance of dying prematurely as healthy people.
The most serious health consequences of acromegaly are diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Patients with acromegaly are also at increased risk for polyps of the colon that can develop into cancer. In over 90 percent of acromegaly patients, the overproduction of Growth Hormone is caused by a benign tumor of the pituitary gland, called an adenoma. These tumors produce excess Growth Hormone and, as they expand, compress surrounding brain tissues, such as the optic nerves. This expansion causes the headaches and visual disturbances that are often symptoms of acromegaly.
Causes for Acromegaly
- Excess growth hormone
Symptoms of Acromegaly
- Partial loss of vision
- Thickened skin, especially on palms of hands or soles of feet
- Swelling of tongue
- Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in hands and wrists
- Increase in ring size or tightness of rings (due to hand swelling)
- Excessive sweating
Investigations for Acromegaly
blood tests, GHRH level, CT scan, Cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Homeopathy Treatment for Acromegaly
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The homeopathic medicines used for Acromegaly are Pitutrinum, Baryta carb, Carcinocin, Chrysarobinum, Thyroidinum etc.