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

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  • Posted By: Janelv
  • August 26, 2007
  • 03:21 AM

My daughter is 10 and has been gaining weight rapidly the past few weeks. She gained 5 lbs this week alone. It isnt her diet or lack of exercise. We've cut out all fast food, soda, candy and so on. She walks for 40 minutes every day.

A few weeks ago I took her in to her pediatrician becuase I noticed a lump on her back below her neck (buffalo hump). She also has leathery looking skin on the back of her neck. The Dr ran a 24 hour UFC (urine free cortisol) test to see if it might be Cushing's Syndrome and the results came back within normal range. I also noticed she's only grown 2 inches in the past two years, which isnt unusual but a bit on the low side. She's also been tested for diabetes and she doesnt have it. The Dr cant figure out whats wrong and instists she's fine. I know something isnt right though.

Any suggestions as to what it might be? I feel so bad for her. She's constantly made fun of in school and she cries all the time. No one in either side of our family has obesity problems so I wouldnt think it's genetic. My son is 8 and he's rail thin, the boy eats like a grown man!

Please help me try to understand what might be going on with her. What other test should I ask her Dr to perform??

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  • Try Turner Syndrome.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 06:29 PM
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  • I did some research and it isn't Turner's. Thanks though.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 07:30 PM
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  • Don't accept the doctor's non-chalance. As a mother, you know when something is not right. You should try to get your daughter an appointment with an endocrinologist if possible. This type of doctor will be much more familiar with these symptoms than a pediatrician.
    lsoroosh 51 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 09:00 AM
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  • Adreno-cortico carcinoma? Does she have a mass in her abdomen that you can feel? Is she starting to develop masculine features? Signs of Cushing syndrome are present in about 10% of affected children. These signs include a round face, a double chin, buffalo-hump fat distribution, generalized obesity, failure of growth velocity, and hypertension. Hope this helps. Take her to a pediatric endocrinologist.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 11:31 AM
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  • I'm going to bring that up to her doctor. I cant take her to a endocrinologist unless referred by her pediatrician (HMO red-tape is a pain!), but I'll definitely ask. Thank you for the suggestion! :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 01:29 PM
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  • Adreno-cortico carcinoma? Does she have a mass in her abdomen that you can feel? Is she starting to develop masculine features? Signs of Cushing syndrome are present in about 10% of affected children. These signs include a round face, a double chin, buffalo-hump fat distribution, generalized obesity, failure of growth velocity, and hypertension. Hope this helps. Take her to a pediatric endocrinologist.Thank you for everyone responses! Theres no mass that I can feel. No masculine features either. I dont know if this helps, but one year ago she was spotting like she was going to start her period but never did. It started and stopped as abruptly as it began. Also, I took her in for an eye exam and they found a tiny cataract in her left eye. They said some kids are just born with it but I take her in every year for eye exams, why didnt they see it all the other times? So it has to be something new she just developed. All these weird things are happening to her and no one can offer me an explaination. So frustrating. :(
    Janelv 2 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 01:40 PM
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  • I'm wondering if the masculinization would stop female puberty...or maybe a pituitary tumor? Sorry to keep guessing all these dire diseases, but is she going to a pediatric endocrinologist? not just a pediatrician? Have them do a simple xray for bone age. Just a flat palm image. Yes, something is going on.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 11:24 AM
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  • Just curious-- did you decide it wasn't Turners Syndrome, or did your doctor? I don't mean to push, but people can have partly normal cells, and partly cells that are missing an X chromosome. Leathery neck skin and uveitis (eye problems leading to cataracts) as well as shortness are associated with Turner's.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 04:02 PM
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  • Have you looked into Cushing's Disease?? It is very rare but sounds alot like it.My daughter is 10 and has been gaining weight rapidly the past few weeks. She gained 5 lbs this week alone. It isnt her diet or lack of exercise. We've cut out all fast food, soda, candy and so on. She walks for 40 minutes every day.A few weeks ago I took her in to her pediatrician becuase I noticed a lump on her back below her neck (buffalo hump). She also has leathery looking skin on the back of her neck. The Dr ran a 24 hour UFC (urine free cortisol) test to see if it might be Cushing's Syndrome and the results came back within normal range. I also noticed she's only grown 2 inches in the past two years, which isnt unusual but a bit on the low side. She's also been tested for diabetes and she doesnt have it. The Dr cant figure out whats wrong and instists she's fine. I know something isnt right though.Any suggestions as to what it might be? I feel so bad for her. She's constantly made fun of in school and she cries all the time. No one in either side of our family has obesity problems so I wouldnt think it's genetic. My son is 8 and he's rail thin, the boy eats like a grown man! Please help me try to understand what might be going on with her. What other test should I ask her Dr to perform??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 08:40 PM
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