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Old 01-15-2014, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question Endocrine and G.I. Problems 16 yr old son

Looking for any comparables to what my 16 yr old son is experiencing; first I can advise he's been an aggressive football and baseball player since he was 6 yrs old, never had any horrible illnesses other than the norms that kids get, has had very mild asthma, and is a very trim but HUGE kid at 6ft 4in 238 lbs. Since last Spring he's had strange chest pains which he blew off as strained muscle. This fall he began with mid-line stomach pains, which he also blew off as related to sports. The pain has continued to the point where a kid who otherwise has an abnormally high tolerance for pain, has these "attacks" of abdominal pain which bring him to tears. Doctor has thus far indicated the following: H Pylori infection in stomach, elevated liver enzymes, elevated gallbladder enzymes, elevated white blood cell count, no hypertension, four bilateral adrenal gland tumors initially believed to be pheochromocytoma...but the catecholamine hormone test was negative. Doctor says the elevated enzymes have nothing to do with the turmors, but is now referring him to an Endo and GI specialists at a nearby Children's Hospital. He has drank alcohol a few times, has smoked marijuana a few times, but states that's been it. Anyone with any similar experiences? Please advise...I'm driving myself mad by trying to research illnesses online, and it's making me even more crazed having to wait now for more appointments, more tests, etc.

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Re: Endocrine and G.I. Problems 16 yr old son

Hello KC...I think you are wise in pursuing follow-up with Endocrinologist and GI specialist. Did I miss it, or had he seen a Cardiologist? My intent is not to intensify your fears, but in reading your posts, I recall recent "football field sudden deaths". I'm sure you are overwhelmed with the possibilities. I can only send you HUGS and support as you await his appointments and further testing. The GOOD NEWS is that you'll have some answers soon. We are here for you=)

Old 01-17-2014, 07:37 PM   #3
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Hi kc, Im a mom of sons that are very athletic too & have so much empathy for you because i would get so worried when my boys were sick. The high wbc caught my concern first because it indicates an infection. With my boys those body building supplement powders, drinks, capsules from the health food store would always cause so many health problems! The ones they would buy & insist were good for them had some kind of plant that made their heart race, fiber that tore up their stomachs & caused gas cramps, bad diarrhea,& creatine that they insisted wasnt anabolic steroids but it made them so irritable & angry acting in spurts ( not like their normal teenage selves but out of character for them) that i wondered about that. And i cant remember all the stuff that was in it but protein powder included made my son sick. We would get them well & then there would be a new one & it happened again & my tall, very thin son did have hypertension & had acute colitis & ulcers & had to be scoped so we banned those supplements from the house & them. Our coaches & trainers insisted that what they were taking was safe & optional for players but they both wanted to keep drinking that mess after cardiologist & gi drs so i wondered again but they had no more of that while in high school but college i dont know about. The gi dr did say that the elevated liver enzymes would go back to normal after the inflammation in stomach & colon went away & they did & also he said no more ibuprofen that they took for aches & pains associated with sports. The cardiologist did do an echocardiogram & ekg to rule out heart defects & thank God they were fine. Its just a thought & I dont know if this is relevant in your sons case but back then i didnt know one boy that was training in a gym that didnt drink this stuff. I hope he gets better soon!

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