Most people who have Paget's disease of bone experience no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, the most common complaint is bone pain. The disease may affect only one or two areas of your body or may be widespread. Your signs and symptoms, if any, will depend on the part of your body that's affected, including:

  • Pelvis. Paget's disease of bone in the pelvis can cause hip pain.
  • Skull. An overgrowth of bone in the skull can cause hearing loss or headaches.
  • Spine. If your spine is affected, nerve roots can become compressed. This can cause pain, tingling and numbness in an arm or leg.
  • Leg. As the bones weaken, they may bend — causing you to become bowlegged. Enlarged and misshapen bones in your legs can put extra stress on nearby joints, which may cause wear-and-tear arthritis in your knee or hip.

When to see a doctor

Talk to your doctor if you have:

  • Pain in your bones and joints
  • Tingling and weakness
  • Bone deformities
Feb. 13, 2013

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