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many, many conditions 18 yr old

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 17, 2007
  • 04:27 AM

My 18 year old daugher has a history of many medical conditions that I feel are related, but I cannot get one dr to look at them all comprehensively, as symptoms of one or two illnesses. It feels as if each dr. is treated his speciality condition in his own medical 'silo'. I My daughter's history includes: premature birth (and she is adopted and we have no genetic/medical history or information on her birthparents), asthma and allergies (dx at age 9), high blood pressure (dx at age 16), irregular periods (began at 11 & regular, then became irregular at age 14 and still are), insomnia (longstanding, many years), headaches (recently dx as migraine), acne (moderate), depression, auditory & visual hallucinations (recent - 4 months). Each and every one of these conditions the doctors have done extensive testing for and found no physical cause of - simply saying each must be inherited/genetic (which presents problem with no medical hx known), and so treats each condition. I do not feel anyone is taking a comprehensive, integrative diagnositic approach to see how all these may be related. I understand that there are conditions that can cause hallucinations, other than psychosis or psychiatric dx, but no one seems to want to fully investigate that. It seems easier for all the drs to dx each separately. HELP. She already has a pediatrician, nephrologist, allergist, neurologist and now psychiatrist and psychologist. Should she not be evaluated by a endocrinologist?? (basic hormal blood work has come back normal, but I think a more thorough eval by endocrinologist is warrented. I also see many of the symptoms of her conditions falling under 'Cushings disease/syndrome' but which type of dr would diagnose that? I am at a loss to find dr (internist) who will look at all this 'holistically' (but I do not want to go the 'holistic'/herbal route - more tranditional than that. I feel she is also quickly 'outgrowing' the pediatrician - both in terms of his expertise for all these conditions and simply due to her age. HELP!!!

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  • Well, most of the symtoms are found within the 170 or so that are known for b12 deficiency. A few may not be but those don't rule it out. The hallucinations and mood etc changes can all be caused by b12 deficiency. The easiest, fastest cheapest and only sure test is to take a potent brand of methylb12 and a b-complex at least. Some of the symtoms are likely to respond very quickly if b12 deficiency is underlying any of this.
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