Paget’s is a rare disease that causes bones to grow larger and weaker, which results in a deformity. Paget’s disease does not affect the entire skeleton but the most common bones are the skull, spine, pelvis, or leg bones. It can affect one bone or several. Paget’s disease is common among the middle-aged people and the elderly and affects men over the age of 40 more than women,
Definition of Paget’s Disease
Paget’s disease is a chronic condition meaning that it is a permanent disease that causes the bones to be abnormal in growth. The bones are constantly being recovered as bone tissue is broken down and consumed into the body and the bones are being rebuilt constantly. However, it leaves the bones weaker and brittle and able to break more easily.
Signs and Symptoms of Paget’s Disease
Paget’s disease can affect people differently and then some people do not even know they have the disease at all.
- Bone pain
- Deformed bones
- Skull – Headaches, hearing problems
- Spine – nerve roots are compressed caused pain, tingling, numbness in arm or leg
- Leg – become weaken and can bend more easily causing you to become bowlegged
- Enlarged bones add extra stress on joints which can cause arthritis in your knee or hip
Paget’s disease can be treated with diet, exercise, medication and sometimes surgery. However, if it is left untreated it can lead to other health problems such as kidney stones and heart disease. It is not a fatal disease and most people can lead a healthy, normal lifestyle.