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preteen son with hunger headaches

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  • Posted By: jennmom
  • November 23, 2008
  • 02:40 AM

I am worried about my 12 year old son. He gets awful headaches if he doesn't eat every two or three hours. He had a 12 hour fasting blood sugar done that was 90. He also has chronic nose bleeds, slow wound healing, and seasonal dry skin on the backs of his hands (looks red and so chapped). He also has dry cracked lips. He is frequently tired with dark circles under his eyes. fatigue and moodiness can coincide with needing to eat. He's a skinny kid, 5' 1'' weighing about 80-85 lbs. What's up? I suggested blood sugar issues to his doc who was dismissive. Any suggestions?

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  • How are his eating habits? Has he had any testing other than blood sugar levels, such as allergy tests or blood tests? How long has he been experiencing the symptoms?
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • November 23, 2008
    • 07:55 AM
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  • Hi there, Your son is gluten intolerant. He should follow a gluten free eatin plan for life. He might be lactose intolerant, too.Does he like more meat, fish, chicken, eggs or more fruits, veggies and salads?Metabolic type eating plan will fix the hunger headaches.You can contact me on skype for an assessment.My skype name is drbulatov. Love, peace and joy, Dr B
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2008
    • 01:40 PM
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  • Sounds like me when I was 12. A gluten-free/casein-free diet helped me. Taking lots of probiotics and taking a little magnesium daily to help with digestion worked just as well so I didn't need the diet. I tried the diet and probiotics to treat Asperger's syndrome but it helped with some of the symptoms you mentioned.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 01:48 AM
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  • He hasn't had any other tests because my doc always says he's fine, just tired, growing boy who is a slow healer and has headaches and nosebleeds - you get the picture. I'm familiar with the gf/cf diet because one of my other kids has been on that for several years for aspergers, highly effective. My son doesn't seem to have any of the digestive symptoms of celiac. We haven't done allergy testing up to now, but that's a thought. I will look into those possibilities. Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanx.
    jennmom 1 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 03:31 AM
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  • You can probably get a doctor to test him for antigliadin antibodies to see whether the diet might help him also. I had very high antibodies to it which means the gluten isn't digested fully and leaks through the gut and the immune system attacks it (which is why diet helped me).Antigliadin antibodies is one of the tests for celiac disease but gluten intolerance and celiac disease are NOT the same thing. I don't have celiac disease or any digestive symptoms from it but I do have gluten intolerance.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 08:51 PM
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  • Boy needs a CBC urgently
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2008
    • 01:53 PM
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