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How does having acromegaly make you feel?

People with acromegaly have said that it makes them feel old before their time, very low or depressed, alone or isolated, frustrated and embarrassed.

Having a confirmed diagnosis of acromegaly and knowing there is treatment available often provides hope and relief. Talking with your family and friends about your diagnosis or how you are feeling may also help improve low mood. Making others aware of your condition and how it affects you is an important part of your journey and living with acromegaly.

See the practical tips section for advice on how to improve low mood.

What if I get worried or concerned?

If you have any concerns or worries let someone know. Among your family, your friends, your nurse, your hospital doctor or your general practitioner there will be someone there to help and support you. All you need to do is ask.

Make the most of your visits with your doctor. The more you understand about your condition, the more in control you will feel. Take a list of the questions you have to your next hospital appointment and make notes of the answers.

Or take a partner, other family member or friend with you so that they can remind you about the questions you need to ask.

They will also help you to remember comments from the doctor and nurse after your visit.

Talking to others can help

Richard gives advice on talking to other people about acromegaly

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How much or how little you tell your family members or friends about your current health is up to you. Do not feel the need to tell everyone until you are ready, but equally do not feel that you have to keep everything to yourself until it becomes an emotional burden or that you have to protect them all the time.

Remember family and friends should be there to support you as much as you are there to support them.

This patient testimonial reflects only this person’s opinions about their own care. Each person’s case is unique and you should always consult a doctor for information and advice about the diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly.

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Practical tips and tools

Read practical tips to help make your life with acromegaly easier, including tips from others living with the condition

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Support groups

Find an acromegaly patient support group in your country to find out about local activities and events that you may be able to attend

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Learn about acromegaly

Learn about acromegaly including what causes this slowly evolving condition, and the early symptoms and signs

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Please always consult a healthcare professional if you require healthcare advice or if you have any specific concerns regarding your acromegaly, its treatment or side effects. The information provided here is not intended to replace professional advice. This website has been developed by Ipsen in collaboration with those living with acromegaly and the healthcare professionals who care for them. Ipsen would like to thank everyone for their valuable insights and stories. All names used on this website are not necessarily real names. Visit our website for more information about us, or to contact us directly. Website design and development by Kanga Health Ltd. Website reference SOM-ALL-000556