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sudden weight gain in chlld

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  • Posted By: Mom of 4
  • December 12, 2006
  • 01:10 AM

I have a 9 year old daughter who has always been on the chubby side. However, she just gained 18lbs in 3 months. We noticed her abdomen getting large although she also has hefty thighs. The doctor just did blood work and we are awaiting the results. She has also lately been complaining of brief but bothersome headaches. These last a short time (5-10 minutes) but can recurr again shortly later. She does not have these every day. Her nosebleeds (only occurs on the right side) have also started again- these she has had on and off for a few years. She had one cauterization which lasted for about 6 months. She uses saline spray nightly which usually helps. I think the nose bleeds are due to the dry winter air but not sure about the head aches. The weight gain has us especially concerned. Any suggestions while we await the blood results? Otherwise she is happy and healthy.

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  • Did you get the results back?!
    girlfromipanema 12 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 05:40 AM
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  • Yes- all that came back was that her cholesterol is high 251 and her trigylcerides as well. Thyroid is ok. Dr said it could be pre-thryoid and not showing up yet and to re-test in 3-6 months. We were referred to a nutritionist for counseling. All my girls (including me) gained weight as children and lost it as teens. Oldest is normal wt now and second is now a teen and starting to slim down. The 9 yr old however, has really gained alot of wt fast. She's good on veggies but does not like fruit. She's loves pasta. I try to limit snacks and she takes lunch to school most of the time. I'm just concerned that she gained so much wt so fast. Any input? Thanks-
    Mom of 4 1 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 10:20 PM
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  • I had been to a doctor who said everything was fine, and then I got second opinion, and they finally understood something was very wrong. If you are comfortable with the doctor, and feel confident this is just genetics, then I wouldn't worry too much. But the 18 pounds in 3 months is a lot, and that is a big red flag. Doctors are VERY reluctant to test further, but I would suggest a IGF-1, GH, LH, FSH, Estradiol and Cortisol checked. THe best way to check the Cortisol is a 24 hour urine collection, but I remember being nine and that could be a challenge. These are just some suggestions~ Keep me posted, and I wish you and your daughter the best.
    girlfromipanema 12 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 03:51 AM
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  • I got Cushing's syndrome from steriod injections. Gained 15 pounds in 8 weeks. Edema, fatigue, moon face, pot belly, buffalo hump. Classic Cushing's. My internist referred me to Endocrinologist. Neither could figure out why my blood cortisol was ZERO while I looked like a steriod patient. CAT scans, MRI's, blood work, blah blah blah. Finally went to the Mayo Clinic. Immediately diagnosed Cushing's syndrome AND secondary adrenal insuffiency (Addison's). I wish I had gone to Mayo sooner. You can't believe how FAST everything is. And many of the tests were cheaper than the local hospital. You can make your own appointment, or get in sooner with a referral from your doctor. My insurance covered everything at Mayo as "out of network" but believe me, I had already met my out-of-pocket maximum. (sorry for the rambling.) I was also plagued by nosebleeds only on one side of my nose. I had the same spot cauterized 2 or 3 times within 8 months. A simple blood test for coritsol sounds reasonable to me. Also the 24 urine collection. It's not too much trouble. You get a sitz-bath like container that sits on the toilet. Then empty the urine into a big plastic jug with contains a preservative.
    oklahomagal 14 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 07:48 PM
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  • What doctor did you see at Mayo? Was it Mayo in MN?
    girlfromipanema 12 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 07:09 AM
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  • Best way to do cortisol is by blood work early in the am from 7 am to 9 am: or from three to 5 pm. That way you don't have to bother with the urine.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 02:38 PM
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  • Dr. Dana Erickson is the endocrinologist (sp?) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is fantastic. Also Dr. John Hagan in immunology and allergy. If you'd like to hear more at the Mayo, let me know. She's your child and you know if something is wrong. Don't let a doctor talk you out of it. Morning and evening (AM and PM) blood tests are the eaisest screening for blood adrenal levels.
    oklahomagal 14 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 08:26 PM
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  • That was very disturbing have you gotten the test for your daughter?.. I know what you feel because I am a mother too.. I will pray for her health and don't forget to call for help from God.
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  • How is it back there?I really hope you get this straightened out.Not to be all negative but it really pays to have 2nd or 3rd opinion. Especially if you have that gut feeling as a mother that something is really wrong...youve spent more or less nine months with this girl in your womb.. you are connected by a certain bond that lets you know.. "something is not right"
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  • Best way to do cortisol is by blood work early in the am from 7 am to 9 am: or from three to 5 pm. That way you don't have to bother with the urine.Agree.. As long as there are no foods or even liquids intaken.. Urine can also be done the very first thing in the morning..
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