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  • Posted By: aj1350
  • March 30, 2011
  • 00:54 AM

My younger sister has been sick for approximately 5 weeks now, at first we assumed that is was some sort of flu but she continues to get sick and shows no signs of improvement, and so far the doctors are unable to reach any sort of definitive diagnosis…
- Hx- Previously health 10 year old girl who has always been tiny but that is consistent with my family she is 4’2 and previously weighed 45lbs, no health concerns.
- She has experienced a severe loss of appetite and has lost 9lbs (now weighs 36 lbs.) and sometimes has a sore throat when she eats and sometimes gets a stomach ache (not consistent with any type of food-random), we push food and fluids as much as possible but she states she is not hungery
- Fatigued with minor excursion which is worsening she is unable to go to school and cannot handle more then 30-45 minutes of mild activity without exhaustion
- Her colour varies from pale to very pale upon activity and is sometimes a grey colour, more recently in the last 24 hours minor signs of oral cyanosis (blue colour)
- Vitals show oxygen saturation is not always satisfactory and has varied between 88%-97%, resting heart rate is 105-110 and increases to 120-135 upon mild excursion, blood pressure and temperature within normal limits
- Chest x-ray shows small amount of fluid in lungs and auscultation revels minor crackles in bases
- CBC normal – no increase in WBC’s as would be expected with infection though platelets are slightly raised 541 (norm 400)
- Cough that comes and goes and within the last 24 hours has began to produce white frothy sputum in copious amounts
-they have considered pneumonia but say that the amount of fluid in the lungs in very minor and does not indicate pneumonia….

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  • Has she been to a cardiologist? Not trying to scare you, but a virus can lead to cardiomyopathy, which means the heart muscle has been damaged by the virus and she may be in congestive heart failure. Again, I'm not trying to scare you, but this can damage the heart muscle so badly that a transplant is needed. She needs to get to a doctor who will put together the puzzle pieces and find out what's wrong.
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  • My younger sister has been sick for approximately 5 weeks now, at first we assumed that is was some sort of flu but she continues to get sick and shows no signs of improvement, and so far the doctors are unable to reach any sort of definitive diagnosis…- Hx- Previously health 10 year old girl who has always been tiny but that is consistent with my family she is 4’2 and previously weighed 45lbs, no health concerns.- She has experienced a severe loss of appetite and has lost 9lbs (now weighs 36 lbs.) and sometimes has a sore throat when she eats and sometimes gets a stomach ache (not consistent with any type of food-random), we push food and fluids as much as possible but she states she is not hungery- Fatigued with minor excursion which is worsening she is unable to go to school and cannot handle more then 30-45 minutes of mild activity without exhaustion- Her colour varies from pale to very pale upon activity and is sometimes a grey colour, more recently in the last 24 hours minor signs of oral cyanosis (blue colour) - Vitals show oxygen saturation is not always satisfactory and has varied between 88%-97%, resting heart rate is 105-110 and increases to 120-135 upon mild excursion, blood pressure and temperature within normal limits- Chest x-ray shows small amount of fluid in lungs and auscultation revels minor crackles in bases- CBC normal – no increase in WBC’s as would be expected with infection though platelets are slightly raised 541 (norm 400)- Cough that comes and goes and within the last 24 hours has began to produce white frothy sputum in copious amounts-they have considered pneumonia but say that the amount of fluid in the lungs in very minor and does not indicate pneumonia….Has she ever been tested for gluten intolerance? Gluten is in wheat, rye, and barley. It is a protein, and can cause malabsorption issues. IT IS SERIOUS!!! If it has been this long and she hasn't been tested for gluten, she needs to be. I am not saying that this is the case, but the weight loss, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, and bowel blockages. The real problem is that the body cannot get the iron it needs to build blood cells(this is how it moves oxygen around the body) as well as protein, ect. And unfortunately, a lot of doctors don't bother to check for gluten intolerance, because it is a "hidden" disease, by that I mean it doesn't have any "real signs", and since she is showing so many other critical issues, they assume that it could be something major(which this is, but they seem to miss it, don't know why)
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