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What are the symptoms of Fabry disease?

Symptoms of Fabry disease include:

  • Episodes of pain and burning sensations in the hands and feet (acroparesthesias) that can be triggered by exercise, stress, fatigue, fever, or changes in weather
  • Small, dark red spots on the skin (angiokeratomas), mostly in clusters from the belly button to the knees
  • Decreased ability to sweat
  • Cloudiness of the front part of the eye
  • Problems with the gastrointestinal system
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Hearing loss
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Frequent bowel movements after eating
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain in the kidney area

Complications of Fabry disease include kidney damage, heart disease and heart attack, and strokes.

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Comment from: Family With Fabry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

My father died at 42 from a kidney problem, he suffered from all kind of sickness his whole life. We just thought he had bad luck. His mom died at 32 in a wheelchair, from severe arthritis. We are 5 sisters and the older one got a brain clog and lost motion in half of her body including her eye. We all suffered from pain in feet and hands when we were children, until we reached our 30s. Three of my sisters' sons experienced the same pain and they are all teenagers. One of them start searching the web for the cause of our sickness and he discovered we have something called Fabry disease. He was diagnosed by a test on his eyes and he is receiving treatment every two weeks and he feels a lot better he can almost have a normal life. We all know now that we have to get tested for the sickness but insurance won't pay for it.

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