What are the Symptoms?


Common symptoms include:

  • Extreme tiredness, fatigue and weakness

  • Muscle cramps (tetany), and hand cramps called carpopedal spasm, in which your hands can cramp up in the shape of a claw.

  • Salt cravings for salty foods like crisps, pickles, olives, and chips.

  • Chronic dermatitis (itchy skin and eczema)

  • Excessive thirst- needing to drink lots

  • Excessive urination- needing to pee lots

  • Heart palpations- feeling your heart beating fast in your chest.

  • Gastrointestinal slowing- (Ileus), constipation.

  • Numbness and tingling in your hands, arms and legs or feet.

  • Paralysis and muscle twitching.

  • Joint pain sometimes caused by Chondrocalcinosis, which is when calcium crystals build up in the cartilage in your joints.



How does it affect my daily life?

The symptoms of Gitleman Syndrome can affect everyone differently, and range in severity. But mostly it may make you feel very exhausted and tired, which can affect you in daily activities. It is often best to pace yourself and rest throughout the day if possible. You may experience joint and muscle pain and cramps and these may make exercise and some activities very difficult.