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PCOS or something else like Hoshimotos?

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  • Posted By: cao112098
  • December 3, 2008
  • 03:10 PM

My 16 year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with what the endo believes is PCOS, however, I don't feel that is an accurate diagnosis or more should be done to rule out other things.

Health History -- completely normal until she hit age 13 (she started her period at the age of 12 and they were very regular for the first year -- coming every 4 weeks)

9/2005: menstrual cycles became abnormal – went from every 4 weeks to every 2 weeks religiously. Gynecologist ran lab work – everything came back normal. She put her on birth control pills to regulate her cycle which worked for a few months but her cycles went back to every 2 weeks. Over the course of 3 years she was on 5 different birth control pills – all which would work for the first few months but always went back to being every 2 weeks.

9/2005 - 12/2005: At the same time that her cycles starting coming every 2 weeks, she also had significant weight gain in a very short period of time -- around 25 pounds within a 3 month time period

July, 2008 -- decided to stop seeing gynecologist for her problems and took her to an endocrinologist

9/2008 – endocrinologist took her off bc pills. Found that insulin, testosterone, triglycerides and cholesterol were all high. Prescribed metformin – believes that this will bring those levels down, regulate cycle and help with weight loss

9/2008 – kidney stone and kidney infection in right kidney

11/2008 – kidney stone and kidney infection in left kidney

12/2008 -- testosterone and insulin levels are now within normal range, however, cycle is still coming every 2 weeks and weight gain is continuing

She has a follow up appt with the endo next week. I would like a cat scan done of her pituatary, thyroid and adrenal glands. Would you suggest any other tests to rule out or confirm PCOS and/or Hoshimotos?

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