To understand what are the symptoms of neurofibromatosis, let us understand what neurofibromas are:
Neurofibromas are tumors/ outgrowths of the nerve fibres. They are mostly non-cancerous in nature. They grow along the nerve line.
Neurofibromatosis is a condition in which neurofibromas develop. It is a genetic condition, passed on by family members through our genes. But in most of the newly diagnosed cases that have no family history of the condition; such cases arise from genetic mutations (changes). This can later be passed on in the future generation.
Symptoms of neurofibromatosis:
Symptoms of Neurofibromatosis (NF) vary according to the type of Neurofibromatosis – whether it’s type 1, type 2 or type 3.
Type 1- also called von Recklinghausen NF or peripheral NF is the most common type of NF. Symptoms are-
- In this type of neurofibromatosis, symptoms in children are seen very rarely. Symptoms typically appear in young adults or middle aged adults.
- Multiple café au lait spots (patches of light brown skin)-these are flat harmless patches-if more than 6-are strong indications of neufibromatosis.
- Neurofibromas-multiple in number-on or under the skin. With increase in age, number of tumors may increase.
- Freckles in the armpits or groins-these are smaller than café au lait spots and usually appear in clusters
- Tiny growths on the colored area of the eyes are often invisible. They are called Lisch nodules which do not affect the eyesight
- Bony changes-deficient bone minerals or bony abnormalities like twisted spine or bowed legs may be one of the neurofibromatosis symptoms in adults.
- Tumors on the nerve supplying eyes can affect one’s eye sight
- Nerve related pains and aches
- Learning disabilities like impaired thinking, ADHD are common accompanying neurofibromatosis symptoms in children.
- Other symptoms like
- High blood pressure
- Children with NF1 tend to have larger head size due to increased brain volume.
- Children are usually shorter than average in height
Type 2-also called bilateral acoustic NF (BAN) is less common than NF1. Signs and symptoms develop due to non-cancerous, slow-growing tumors in both ears. The tumors grow on the nerve carrying sound and balance information from the ear to the brain. Signs and symptoms of neurofibromatosis Type 2 are as follows-
- Gradual loss of hearing
- Ringing in the ears
- Weakness of the muscles of the face
- Poor balance, loss of co-ordination
- Headaches and giddiness
- Cataract that can develop at an early age
Type 3-also called Schwannomas can develop from NF2 on other nerves of the body. Signs and symptoms are as follows-
- Numbness and weakness of the fingers and toes
- Pains in the body
- Difficulty in balance
- Facial drop
- Cataract or vision difficulties
At Lifeforce, with many years of experience in treating chronic diseases including neurofibromatosis, we have come to the conclusion that neurofibromatosis is a difficult condition to be cured with homoeopathy. In a few cases we have seen that there is a control of the number and size after years of treatment. However, we usually do not recommend homeopathy at LifeForce for neurofibromatosis.
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– Dr Roopal Shukla, Associate Doctor to Dr Rajesh Shah, Team LifeForce.