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Old 06-05-2006, 07:29 PM   #11
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Thyroid can certainly be a possibility. I know a guy that was 17 years old, 6 foot 7 or 8 inches, and 345 pounds. Definitely getting that checked in due time should be high priority.
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:29 PM   #12
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First things I thought of were glands and thyroids. Secondly the not liking veggies, have a friend with a 7 year old, she's hitting the 100 lb mark and shes not very tall, doctors say its the bad snacks she's having, I recently put her on to fruit and yoghurt, sometimes separate, sometimes together. Also, she had a tendency to help herself to lunch snacks, which were not good ones (how many different kinds of gummy candy do they make for crying out loud). Also, juices and soft drinks are loaded with calories... strict portion control on juices, and soft drinks as a whole are very limited. There's so much out there that kids have access to, and not having developed self control yet, the do help themselves. Unfortunately it tends to lead to obesity both in their youth and as they age because now they have trouble getting rid of it. I would consult a dietician before it goes too out of control.
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Old 06-07-2006, 07:29 AM   #13
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Okay, upon talking to Cristiano, he told me Luci had already been checked on thyroid, as well as the possibility of diabetes and this matters were cleared.
For many of her rather bizzare whims which she inflicted on her children, her mother educated them well on drinking water instead of soft drinks, now Luci, along with her extremely finicky little brother, always asks for water to drink over any sort of sugary drinks. I know in many cases this can play a key role to their obesity, and this point is also clear.
Which deepens the mystery of her problem, though there are always other possibilities like intolerance to certain food item, or hormone inbalance of some sort...and like Trip suggested, I really wish she would start eating more vegetables.
Anyhow the school lets out at the end of this week, so we will try to find right people to examine her and get an appointment. A mother of a friend of ours who we know at the gym is an experienced dietician often counselling children, maybe fixing her up is a good first step...
I really appreciate all the support shown here, wish us luck and I will keep you updated when something comes out!!
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:34 AM   #14
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I am Tattrat's fiance, and I was going online to check my email when I saw this window open. For some reason this thread was the only thing I saw & I felt the need to input some advice. I was never a heavy child or anything, but when I was 20 years old I was diagnosed with a macro pituitary adenoma (large benign brain tumor located on the pituitary). It was diagnosed by my eye doctor, as it was resting on my optic nerve & causing my perifial (sp) vision to be non-existent. Anyway, I had it removed & four years later I not in the greatest health, but I am doing well. I have done a lot of research on this condition & have learned that when it occurs in children their initial symptom is being overweight with no reason why. The reason this happens is due to thevery low amount of growth hormone in the body which not only controls her height, but also disperses the fat throughout the body. I am currently on growth hormone shots to prevent bone loss & heart problems when I get older. The pituitary controls all hormones in the body, even thyroid. If they checked it before, the pituitary may have been still sending a signal to the thyroid, or if it is a tumor it could be making the hormones, which often disquises itself so it is unnoticed. Once the tumor is removed (no scars as the incision is through the gums in front of the top front teeth...and then through the back of the nose to the brain) Now... this may not be the reason for her being overweight, but it may be wise to look into. In fact, last year on "House", they did a show with an overweight child who was diagnosed with this condition. Since I had done some research on the topic for my own interest, I found it a great dramatization of this condition. The main thing to ask for is an MRI with contrast of the brain. This will be key to any brain tumor that could be causing her condition, and the sole proof that this is the pituitary adenoma. I hope that her condition is something not as complicated, but if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them, just let tattrat know. I hope you find the answers soon, as her current condition could prove harmful not only to her self-esteem, but to her health & life.
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:53 AM   #15
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I strongly suggest you take her to a specialist.........endocrinologist

One of my very best friends daughter was in a similar situation. She took her to her family physician and he ran random thyroid test and ultimately he said that her thyroid was fine....turns out that it truely wasn't and she suffered with steady weight gain for many years. Finally her mother was able to get her to agree to go see an endocrinologist. All sort of things were out of whack........thyroid, cholesterol, etc..... He began her on a prescription plan and slowly the weight began to come off. The best thing is that after 5 unsuccessful years now as an adult she was finally able to become pregnant.

I think its great that she has you as a support system.
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Old 06-09-2006, 05:34 AM   #16
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Thanks so much, Sizzlin and (oh, you didn't even leave your name!!) future Mr. TATTRAT, for possibly very helpful informations!!

We will definitely check into them. Mr. TATTRAT's suggestion may not be a very common one but I suspect whatever the cause of Lucilla's condition may be something unusual just as well, so I agree that we need to check into every possible causes. TATTRAT, please relay my gratitude to him for taking the time to help out.

And Sizz, I also felt that she needed a second opinion on her thyroid condition... not long ago there was a horrible news here, one ER patient with a serious heartburn was sent home after diagnosed as a case of indigestion, then died of a heart failure soon after. I think it is the best to double check and make it absolutely sure...

I really appreciate all the input you guys provided to us, thanks again!!
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Old 06-09-2006, 08:10 AM   #17
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You are more than welcome! Please keep us posted on what you find out.
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Old 06-22-2006, 01:16 PM   #18
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Just wondering how Luci is doing? Did she go for testings?
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:03 PM   #19
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Diabetes type one or two. Type two is on the rise almost to epidemic porportions, even in children.


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Old 06-22-2006, 06:33 PM   #20
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We did take her to the dietitian we know (the one I mentioned above). She suggested a possibility of an intolerance to gluten, we need to put her on a special diet for this for a while to see how it goes. We suggested to her mother that she could come here and stay with us for a while so we can monitor her diet, but the mother is not cooperative for this suggestion at this moment. I really think we should persuade her to do it, she tends to feed whatever the kids likes, one day when we stopped by at their dinner time, what they were having was a huge heap of french fries. This type of routine needs to change, whatever it takes...

We also need to fix an appointment to more specialists. She was already tested for diabetes and came out negative, but it happens often that the initial check up misses something vital, so we should make sure of everything.

The problem is that Cris is having a lot of problem with his company right now and it is very difficult for him to take care of everything. I really wish her mother would take more initiative in this matter, but one way or another, we need to accomplish something while she is on the summer break from the school.

Thanks so much for caring, we will keep on trying!!
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