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Symptoms of Porphyria
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January - September 27

This is a PS to the message I just posted on porphyria. I copied from the Mayo Clinic site the symptoms of porphyria:

There are two general categories of porphyria — acute and cutaneous. Signs and symptoms depend on the type of porphyria you have.

Acute porphyrias. These include forms of the disease that cause predominantly nervous system symptoms and, in some cases, skin symptoms, as well. Acute porphyria attacks are rare before puberty and after menopause in women. Signs and symptoms may last one to two weeks. Possible signs and symptoms include:

Insomnia
Anxiety or restlessness
Severe abdominal pain
Constipation
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Pain in your arms, legs or back
Muscle pain, tingling, numbness, weakness or paralysis
Dehydration
Excessive sweating
Seizures
Confusion
Halluci
nations
Disorientation
Paranoia
Red
urine
High blood pressure

Cutaneous porphyrias. These include forms of the disease that cause skin symptoms as a result of oversensitivity to sunlight, but don't affect your nervous system. Some forms of cutaneous porphyria begin to show signs and symptoms during infancy or childhood. If you have this form of porphyria, you may experience:

Itching
Painful skin redness (erythema)
Skin swelling (edema)
Blisters
Red urine

When to see a doctor
Many signs and symptoms of porphyria are similar to those of other, more common conditions. This can make it difficult to know if you're having an attack of porphyria. Any of the following symptoms should prompt you to seek immediate medical attention:

Severe abdominal pain, sometimes accompanied by vomiting or constipation
Muscle pain
Confusion
Disorientation
Painful skin redness
Skin swelling
Blisters that appear soon after sun exposure
Red urine

 

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