I am new and have a question

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Registered: 07-29-2003
I am new and have a question
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Tue, 07-29-2003 - 12:44pm
My 10 yr old son has several different problems and i recentaly found out they may be hormone related. How do I go about having his hormones tested? Has anyone ever had this done before?
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Tue, 07-29-2003 - 3:36pm
Hi and welcome to the board. I have no experience with hormone testing, so I don't know what's involved. If you haven't already, I would talk to your son's doctor or perhaps the local hospital for references and further information. I'm hoping someone else here will be able to give you some good information about this.

You didn't specify what types of problems he was experiencing, but I did find links to information about hormone testing in general: http://www.drlaurathompson.com/OldFiles/hormones.htm and specifically for growth hormone testing: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/tests/testg09.htm

I hope one of these will be helpful, please let me know if they aren't and I can do some more research.

Good luck, I hope you'll hang around and please let us know what you find out.

Best Always,

Sherrie

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Wed, 07-30-2003 - 10:44am
Welcome to our board. I think you should start with your son's regular doctor/pediatrician. If he/she is the one who suspects hormone problems, you should get a referral from there. If there is some other way your suspicions about hormones are raised, I would start by making an appt. with your son's regular doctor.

Glad you found our board and posted. Hope to see you often.

Janet

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Janet


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Wed, 07-30-2003 - 11:53am
Without more specifics, it may be best for you to contact your Ped directly. Personally, I know nothing about hormone tests; however, my son is going through a lot of emotions that are all related to hormones!

Hope you post again!

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Wed, 07-30-2003 - 7:02pm
I did some checking and found some info on Klinefelter Syndrome. Here is some of what I found. I marked the problems my son has..

About 70% of patients have * minor developmental and learning disabilities *. These may include *academic difficulties*, *delayed speech* and *language acquisition*, diminished *short-term memory*, decreased data-retrieval skills, *reading difficulties*, *dyslexia*, and *attention deficit disorder*.

Patients may exhibit *behavioral problems* and psychological distress. This may be due to *poor self-esteem* and psychosocial development or a decreased ability to deal with stress.

What got me thinking of hormones was the fact that he has a very small penis for a 10 yr old boy. Even my 5 yr old's is hard in the morning, but the 10 yr old has never had that happen. He has been tested for everything that could cause hiim to be that size. He has been seeing one kind of dr or another for his many problems since he was 3 yrs old. I am making an appt in the morning. If he has this syndrome he will have to have hormone shots for the rest of his life and he may never be able to have children.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 07-31-2003 - 10:47am
Good luck with the dr. appt. I hope you get good news about your son. Please let us know how you are doing, and someone with similar experience may pop up here or on another board.

Janet

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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 9:25pm
If your family doctor is unable to order the testing, he should be able to refer you to someone who can. I went through something similar when my son was having severe behavior problems several years ago, and our family doctor referred us to some wonderful people. Try that first, as hopefully you trust your family doctor, and if you are unsuccessful there, the Internet is a wonderful research tool. GOOD LUCK!!