Patients with Pseudohypoparathyroidism have certain specific physical characteristics/symptoms that are synonymous with this condition. Granted, some of these can vary from person to person, but most patients will have at least some of the same symptoms. It is worth knowing what symptoms to look for if you suspect that you or someone you know has Pseudohypoparathyroidism.
Some common physical symptoms are:
- Cataracts (a clouding that develops in the lens of the eye)
- Dental problems
- Numbness in extremities
- Tetany (a collection of symptoms including muscle twitches and hand and foot spasms)
- Calcium deposits under the skin
- Dimples that can replace knuckles on affected fingers (mainly on the 3rd and 4th fingers)
- Round face and short neck
- Short hand bones, especially the bone below the 4th finger (this is also called Brachydactyly)
- Short stature
- Increased weight
What might be some uncommon or less known symptoms?
The list above details the most common symptoms. I personally have a few symptoms that are not on this list but can and probably do occur in some patients.
They are as follows:
- Scoliosis – A curvature of the spine. Girls are more likely than boys to get this condition, even if they do not have Pseudohypoparathyroidism. It is best to get tested for this regularly at a young age.
- Small Feet – I am 4 foot 10 inches tall and according to my podiatrist, someone my height should be wearing size 5 shoes. However, I wear size 3.
- Bunions Or Crook Toes – The large toe grows inward towards the rest of the toes, it does not grow straight and is considerably larger than the other toes. This does not necessarily hurt but it can make finding properly fitted shoes problematic.
- Flat Feet – Because my feet are too small for my body, they do not have the arch that they are meant to have.
- Arthritic Fists – In the colder months, I wake up in the morning with clenched fists that feel stiff and arthritic when I open them.
- Hypertension – High Blood Pressure. Current research has indicated that there may very well be a link between Pseudohypoparathyroidism and Hypertension, but it is too soon to make a definitive statement.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, please make sure to bring it to the doctor’s attention. Remember, this is not a cookie-cutter condition as there are three different types of Pseudohypoparathyroidism. Just as all people are different, so are the combinations of symptoms.
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