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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 13, 2010
  • 06:13 PM

My 20 year old daughter has been complaining about being puffy & gaining weight (along with many other issues) for almost 2 1/2 years now along with unexplained high & low blood sugars. We thought that she was just gaining weight because she isn’t as active as she used to be. Her legs and arms are as tight and hard as a rock & she is starting to have difficulty walking because of pain in her legs and knees. (She has had Type 1, Juvenile Diabetes since the age of 5) We took her to doctors; they did X-rays and sent her to an orthopedic surgeon. He diagnosed her with “Exercise induced Compartment syndrome” and suggested surgery (Fasciotomy). They did a probe test and determined that her muscles are just a tight at rest as after activity, but ruled out this syndrome because it doesn’t change after she exercises, but suggests the surgery anyway (which she hasn’t done). In the mean time we’ve seen all the doctors at Gilbert Center for Family Medicine (all 4) we’ve seen 2 Endocrinologists, Neurologist, and the Orthopedic Surgeon. She has had an X-ray, Ultrasound (on pelvic, thyroid & legs), MRI, CT Scan, nerve tests, needle probe test, and countless blood work. The Ultrasound on her thyroid came back showing nodules on her thyroid. She was given a prescription for her thyroid even though they said that it was borderline, but her calcium level was high along with her testosterone levels and A1C was very high. She has bile in her gall bladder and cysts on her ovaries. Her symptoms have not changed at all. She once was a very strong competitive athlete and now has problems walking from one class to the next. Her skin is breaking out with small boils that heal very slowly. She is very careful what she eats and is still gaining weight. She exercises everyday and experiences hand & leg swelling during and afterward. The doctors don’t know what else to do for her, so they do nothing. In the meantime, she is totally suffering. Can you please help?

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  • No idea of her full issue.. but ONE of her issues appears to be polycystic ovulation syndrome which is a common problem in females. Most with PCOS have or get diabetes (or insulin resistance), causes cysts on ovaries and high testosterone.. and also causes obesity. PCOS also puts her at a high risk for a couple of other things eg heart issues and infertility.
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