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9 yr old son with multiple issues

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  • Posted By: Aubbie38
  • January 9, 2008
  • 01:17 AM

My 9 yr old son was tested for diabetes, which came back negative, however, his chloresterol was high and his doctor recommended our seeing an endocrinologist.
My question is - would have of the below issues be related to one thing.
A. His is overweight - he outweighs his 18 yr old brother - 113 lbs at 49"
B. His scrotum is extremely small. He's been this way since birth and I almost sued the doctor for cutting off too much during his circumsion:). At 9, I see no difference from when he was 3.
C. Chalky teeth. At 5 he had to have caps put on all of his molars because his teeth were breaking apart.
D. Diagnosed with Keratosis Polarisis - bumby red skin on his back and the backs of his arms.
He has no learning disabilities and we have no conduct issues with him. He's above average at school and is always taking on new things to do.
He eats like everyone else in the house - the same quantities - he just keeps gaining.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • I am going through similar problems with my almost 9 year old daughter. She also keeps gaining weight and the rest of the family does not even though the diet is the same. She also has the bumps your son has. Her cholesterol levels spike and dip. Her insulin was normal the first time, then tripled the second time just 4 months later. Yet her glucose was normal so it is not diabetes. Her face is always red and her hair texture changed to very dry and coarse. She has a moon face and a "buffalo hump". We took her to an endocrinologist but all she saw was a fat kid. I kept a food journal over a two week period that clearly showed a normal healthy diet that still resulted in a 4 pound weight gain. The endo wanted her to see another nutritionist. It is not a food problem. Her skin is dry and she has headaches and stomachaches often. Her bone age also showed a bone age of 11 years but her chronological age was 7 years 10 months. There has to be more to what's going on with our children. Have you had any hormone tests done such as cortisol checks or possible an MRI scan of the brain to check the pituitary? That is what I want done. I also want her adrenal system checked out. Let me know if there have been any recent changes. I am interested in what you find out.
    softballmom73 7 Replies
    • January 20, 2008
    • 07:38 AM
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  • The buffalo hump and weight gain are symptoms of "cushings", which an adrenal issue that you need to push to have the endorcrinologist look into. Good luck, as a mom of a sick child I know what its like. Just keep pushing to see a doctor that will listen
    cascade 25 Replies
    • January 26, 2008
    • 01:28 AM
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