Paget’s disease is defined as a chronic bone disorder that is due to irregular breakdown and formation of one tissue. This disease can cause bones to expand and weaken and may result in bone pain, arthritis, bone deformity and fractures. Although it is usually focalized in one bone, there have been occurrences where several bones have been affected. The actual causes of Paget’s disease are still unknown.
Who gets this disease? Usually men and women over 40 years of age are diagnosed with the disease, and both men and women are equally affected. Symptoms of Paget’s disease include:
- Bone pain
- Headaches and hearing loss
- Pressure on nerves
- Increased head size, bowing of limb, or curvature of the spine
- Hip pain
- Damage to cartilage of joints
If Paget’s disease affects you don’t worry, there are treatments available. If treatments is given before major changes in the affected bones then your chances of recovery increase, and sometimes recovery may involve some surgery. Treatment options also include aspirin, other anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, and medications that slow the rate of ‘bone turnover’.
For more information on Paget’s disease go the Paget’s Disease Foundation website.