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18 year old male extremely underweight BMI of 15.5 many other symptoms

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  • Posted By: frustrated2007
  • November 19, 2007
  • 03:35 AM

Hello,

I'm an 18 year old male. I'm 5'9'' and weigh about 105 pounds. My BMI is 15.5. That is extremely low! Here are my symptoms: fatigue, depression, anxiety, lethargy, constipation (IBS supposedly), muscle weakness, weak immune system, growth hormone count of 4ng/ml (nanograms/millilter), moderately low thyroid count (nothing too abnormal), and some symptoms of rickets (large dent or groove on top of skull and mild genu valgum).

None of these symptoms are new and I've had them since I can remember.

Something to consider: I was prescribed prednisone much more than I should have been when I was younger for asthma. Each time it was a regular dosage for 1-2 weeks total, but I was probably prescribed it 8-12 times per year for several years.

Anyone have a clue of what I got?

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  • I should also say that I have severe gas and bloating as symptoms in addition to everything else.
    frustrated2007 3 Replies
    • November 19, 2007
    • 03:55 AM
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  • Get tested for Celiac Disease (Gluten intolerance)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2007
    • 07:26 AM
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  • You have many symptoms of hypopituitarism. I would think this as already been looked into? If not, this is what it is: Hypopituitarism is a disorder in which your pituitary gland fails to produce or produces to little of one or more hormones. The pituitary is a small gland located at the base of your brain, just behind your nose and between your ears. It secretes hormones that influence nearly every part of your body.This deficiency can affect any number of your body's routine functions, such as growth, blood pressure and reproduction. It's comes from a variety of causes including tumors, trauma, decreased pituitary blood supply, infection, sarcoidosis (autoimmune) and radiation. The symptoms can be different in different people, it depends on what hormones that are insufficient. Here are the possible symptoms. Fatigue A decline in energy Muscle weakness Nausea Constipation Weight loss or gain A decline in appetite Abdominal discomfort Sensitivity to cold or difficulty staying warm Visual disturbances Loss of underarm and pubic hair Joint stiffness Hoarseness Facial puffiness Thirst and excess urination Low blood pressure Headaches You also state that you have hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be caused when the pitituary gland does not produce enough TSH. This is a rare type of hypothyroidism, and its hallmark is a very low to normal TSH. T4 and T3 can be, but are not always normal. Hope this helps... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2007
    • 00:54 PM
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  • I listed my growth hormone count incorrectly. I said it was 4 ng/mL, but it's actually .04 ng/mL . The 'normal' range is between .01-.97 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter). So I'm in the normal range but pretty low. Keira,Thanks a lot for your post. I had considered hypopituitarism, but dismissed it because I didn't think it could explain the constipation. I'm also not sure if my thyroid is that abnormal or not. I'm should be getting lab results back within a couple of days. If my thyroid is normal, I could still have hypopituitarism considering my low GH (growth hormone) level, however, I haven't done the special test that they do for growth hormone. If my growth hormone and my thyroid are normal, I'm not sure what I have.
    frustrated2007 3 Replies
    • November 20, 2007
    • 11:31 AM
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