Living with
Fabry disease is
challenging physically
and mentally.

Living with
Fabry disease is
challenging physically
and mentally.

Fabry disease is an inherited condition with a wide variety of symptoms that can affect many parts of your body and overall wellness, including your mental health.
For example, symptom onset is typically delayed in women, who are diagnosed on average 20 years later than men. While you or the person you care for may be used to Fabry symptoms starting in childhood, some may have gotten worse over time. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you notice any symptoms worsening, including feelings of depression or anxiety.

Physical symptoms can often lead to feelings of fatigue, depression, and anxiety. This can include:


Burning or prickling sensation in hands and feet, sweating, trouble tolerating heat and cold


Kidney damage and advanced kidney disease, protein in the urine


Gastrointestinal (GI) issues
Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, indigestion, nausea


Fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heartbeat, chest pain, high blood pressure


Feeling tired or drained from normal daily activities or lack of quality sleep, ongoing pain, inflammation, and depression


Mental health concerns, such as feelings of depression or anxiety

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Fabry impacts your emotional wellbeing.

There's the challenge of managing the physical symptoms of Fabry disease - and that's a lot. But facing that challenge every day can take a toll on your emotional health as well. Having a chronic, progressive condition can make you feel alone. You may feel sad or mourn activities you find difficult due to pain or other symptoms. You may feel unsure about having a genetic disease and what this means for having a family. All these things have an impact on your overall wellbeing and are just as important to address as the physical symptoms of Fabry.

If you are struggling with your emotional or mental health, you are not alone.

There are resources that can help and community support is available. Click below to find downloadable tools, watch videos, and join free webinars designed by people living with Fabry disease.

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