Acromegaly

What is Acromegaly?

Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that develops when your pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone during adulthood.

Questions and answers on "Acromegaly"

I am 50 years old and have had blood work done 3 times since July 2013 because I have started testostorone replacement because my lab work came back at 192 for test. My IGF 1 levels were at 219. On my 2 blood work my IGF 1 levels were at 234 and the re-test came back at 237 IGF 1 levels. I have had pressure at the back of my head for about a month and it has moved to my eye area. My intern doc tells me it is a tenison headache. He does not know a lot about IGF 1 levels. I am really nervous because of my age and the IGF 1 levels being high. I do not have insurance so I want to be smart but I know my health is very important also. Please give me advice.

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Brief Answer:
Acromegaly must be ruled out

Detailed Answer:
IGF1 is a good screening test to look for a rare condition called acromegaly, which is essentially caused by excessive Growth hormone levels in the body. It is important to perform the next round of testing to confirm or rule out this...

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Hi I have a question that has been bothering me for a while .. Are hgh supplements and enhancers or boosters safe to use for normal guy like me at 20 years of age with normal amounts of hgh? My concern is regarding a specific formula called "Special inductry height growth" which is sold by what seems like a respectable company which owns a site named hgh.com and they claim that it's safe since all it does is stimulate the body the produce more of it's own natural hgh so they say it's pretty safe also with natural ingredients including growth factors and amino acids .. My concern is if at my age it is safe since my hgh levels are pretty normal and all I want is to make sure I'm always at high levels (naturally) and have maybe just slightly more but no to overdose or something you know just maybe the slightest edge. to gain slightly more height and muscle. I've read serious side effects from hgh injections can happen like acromegaly and such and my questions is whether this product is safe or hgh supplements in general? Again I'm reffering to hgh supplements and enhancers which are sold under the category of dietary supplements and not the black marget injections which I know have serious side effects .. Many reviews I've read before I bought the product said it's a great natural product with no known side effects and in general hgh supplements are relatively safe unlike injections. Really thank you for your awesome help and looking forward to hearing from you - XXXX


While thoroughly looking on the net again many reviews say it's a safe and natural product, but then I found this medical journal that was really hard to find but I did that an engineer named XXXXXXX R. Larsen claims that hgh supplements not just injections can cause acromegaly .. Is it true what do you think?? - XXXX

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
HGH

Detailed Answer:
I follow your question.

Human Growth Hormone boosters/ supplements/ enhancers , and all such products are deemed unsafe by experts in hormone treatment (ie endocrinologists) worldwide.

There are very few and select medical circumstances where treatment with...

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My 13 year old son has the following signs and symptoms, extremly large hands and fingers,thumb and pinky overlap around wrist, scolosis, recessed sternum, horizontal stertch marks in middle of back, fatigue, headaches. He has also complained of rapid heart beat, chest pain, abdominal pain (which i took him to the ER and peditrican for and said he was fine) my question is what is the chances that he has Warfan Syndrom?

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Brief Answer:
could br marfan or acromegaly

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Large hands or long hands ?

If arms and hands are long , then the other features you described could fit with marfan syndrome, but this needs confirmation by genetics. Usually they also have...

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I have a question about the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. This has been driving me crazy. Please tell me if I'm missing something painfully obvious. Ok so I had the glucose tolerance test done to check for acromegaly and these the results: Baseline GH: 0.2 30 minutes: 0.1 ng/mL 1 Hour: <0.1 ng/mL 1.5 Hours: <0.1 nh/mL 2 Hours <0.1 ng/mL. In the lab report it says: Acromegaly is ruled out if at any point in the timed sequence GH levels are <0.4 ng/mL. Here is where I'm confused. My baseline GH level was already below 0.4 ng/mL. I know my GH did suppress, but I'm worried that what if my GH is partially suppressible and I have acromegaly. I read on the internet that sometimes people suffering with acromegaly have partially suppressable GH, that doesn't suppress below 0.4 ng/mL, but does suppress, just not enough. My IGF-1 is normal at 289 (115-355 ng/mL) by the way. If baseline GH is already below 0.4 ng.mL does that mean that if at that level the GH suppresses at all acromegaly is ruled out(because it is less than 0.4 ng/mL) or does it mean that baseline GH has to be higher than 0.4 ng.mL and then it has to suppress below 0.4 ng/mL to rule out acromegaly? Thank You!!!!!

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Both are true.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone through your query and understand your concern.
You have to understand that Growth hormone measurement by Oral Glucose Tolerance Test is GOLD STANDARD for diagnosis of Acromegaly.
Both are true.
Your base line value is normal.
In...

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I have been gaining weight at nearly 1 lb per week for the last 8 weeks. I have increased my exercise to at least 60 minutes a day and reduced my food intake. I do take thyroid meds and have not changed my dosage. I have been getting swollen feet frequently as well, with edema appearing to be a major factor. While it certainly feels like I could be pregnant, I have been getting irregular periods and any urine tests are negative. I am horrified by this unusual weight gain and do not know what else to do to curb it.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Weight

Detailed Answer:
Sorry to note your weight gain

FIrst of all your thyroid lab results are abnormal. They are typical of what I see when people take armour thyroid. This can be harmful to the heart and bones. That is why experts do not recommend the use of anything other than...

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I completed my Hep C treatment 4 months ago.

I am exercising above average(7 days a week of crossfit and running,alternating) ,eating below or at 2000cal a day and have gained on average 1/2kg a week-in total now 8kg.I am 49y old female.

Please what do I do and how do I get back to my normal weight?

Natasa Groenveld

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Weight gain

Detailed Answer:
I understand what you are saying.

Sorry to not your challenges with attempts to lose weight.

The thyroid blood test results that you are awaiting will be helpful. If the thyroid is abnormal ie in the under active range as suggested by an elevated TSH...

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I am 26 yr old male suffering from excessive sweating / Hyperhydrosis from past few years. I am thin and tall and not overweight at all. From past one year my problem has become unbearable, if i walk or do any physical activity, I start sweating profusely. If I walk in the afternoon sun for even 5 seconds, I just start pouring all over my body. Once I start sweating I cant concentrate on anything and cannot do nothing at all. Recently after much searches on the net on the causes of sweating, I came across the few causes, with thyroid problems being one of them. I got thyroid profile test done and it showed normal results. Also fasting blood sugar is also normal. I have also read that high Cortisol levels can also cause sweating. Should I get this test done also. Other tests I am planning to do are for - pheochromocytoma , acromegaly . Since all this info are from the net, I am not sure if it will be useful. Yes I have seeked the advice of a doctor but their answers/solutions have not been helpful. Please do not advice on food, or deodorants, yoga or stuff like that cause I have already tried everything. I seriously feel this could be a underlying medical condition . Please advise any types of tests that I should do to find the root cause of this unbearable problem.

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Hi friend

Accordong to your history ur suffering with excessive sweating. You said thyroid function test is normal, already used many treatments. Dont worry about ur problem, some persons have hyperactive sweat glands it may lead to over sweating, disturbance of personal life. One of the most...

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i want to gain weight fast my weight is 50kg and i am 169 tall what can i do can i use growth Hermon if yes what brand is recommended ?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for your query.

Growth hormone taken at your age would not help you much, but may sometimes cause harm instead. It can lead to a condition can Acromegaly. Hence, I suggest you to avoid taking such hormone preparations.

Do try natural and safe method of gaining weight by exercise and...

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Sir, My sister s son is diagnosed with Growth Harmons problem as his height growth is lower than normal. He is around 12 years of age. Test result shows following; Growth Hormone 0.045 ng/ml 0.10-8.80 INTERPRETATION:Low levels which are not able to be stimulated to a level achieved by normal subjects occur in pituitary dwarfism in children.High or normal levels cannot be suppressed are found in gigantism and acromegaly .lGF-1 is a better screening test for acromegally and gigantism. REFERENCE: Simard MF.Neurosurg Clin N Am 2003;14(1):41-54 Please advise what should we do. Thanks Ram

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