If you think you, your child or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of Fabry disease, the best person to talk to is your doctor. Your doctor can assess your symptoms, may perform a blood test for Fabry disease and/or refer you to a specialist.
Remember – Fabry disease can often go undiagnosed for many years because it’s not common and its symptoms are similar to many other disorders. It’s important to take the first steps and initiate this conversation with your doctor.
If you think you might have Fabry disease, print out this symptom checklist and take it to your doctor to begin discussing Fabry disease. If you are already seeing a specialist for a Fabry symptom, print out the symptom checklist and discuss a possible Fabry disease diagnosis with them instead.
“I often experienced pain in my hands and feet, especially when it was hot in the summer. I had shortness of breath, and I was often dizzy. I was never able to sweat, which made exercise challenging. If you feel any of these symptoms, I urge you to speak to your doctor about Fabry disease. I did and it changed my life. By working together with my doctor, we were finally able to confirm my diagnosis.”