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What are the symptoms of Paget's disease?

If you have Paget’s disease you may not have any symptoms at all. It’s not unusual for Paget’s to be diagnosed by chance when you have an x-ray or blood test for a completely different reason.

If you do have symptoms, pain is the most common problem, and it’s usually felt in the bone itself or in the joints near the affected bones. There are many possible causes of bone pain in people with Paget’s disease, including:

  • increased blood flow – this often causes the affected parts of your body to feel slightly warmer to the touch, especially if the bone is close to your skin, for example your shin
  • the nerve fibres surrounding your bone becoming stretched as a result of bone enlargement or bending
  • osteoarthritis (a common complication of Paget’s disease), which often causes pain in the joints near the affected bones
  • enlarged bone pressing on nerves, causing pain in your back, neck and legs.
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