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Rapid weight gain and cant find the cause! Any suggestions?

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  • Posted By: Janelv
  • August 26, 2007
  • 00:57 AM

First time poster here. I have a 10 y.o. daughter who has been battling weight gain for the past few years. I thought it was just a matter of diet and excercise. As a family we started improving our diet and walking when we could, but she still gained weight.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine noticed a lump on her back below her neck and pointed it out to me. Not only did I notice the lump (which is about the size of my hand) I also noticed the skin on the back of her neck looked slighty odd. It resembles leather. I immediately took her to the pediatrician. She ordered a 24 hour UFC (Urine Free Cortisol) test to see if she may have Cushing's Sydnrome. The test's came back within normal range. But something still isn't right. She has been gaining weight rapidly. We go walking every other day up and down our hill, her diet is very limited yet she still gains an abnormal amount of weight. She's gained 5 lbs in one week! I gained 2 lbs a week when I was pregnant and I ate EVERYTHING.

Not only is she gaining weight at a rapid pace, she hasn't grown much over the past 2 years. Barely two inches. I know it isnt that abnormal but it's still on the low side.

Obesity doesnt run in her fathers family or my own. My other child who is 8, is rail thin and he eats like a full grown man. I'm at a loss on what I should do. She cries every day because kids in school make fun of her. It hurts me so bad to see her in emotional pain like this. Are there any other tests that I should suggest her doctor testing her for? I've searched the internet to no end and I cant seem to narrow down what these are symptoms of. Please help!!

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