|My son is now hypo
||[Mar. 26th, 2014|03:23 pm]
This is a very long story but I will spare you all the details that don't pertain to this group. |
A condition that my son (he is 10 years old)had, lead him to the hospital, and on the operating table. Turns out this condition is common with kids that have hypothyroidism and since both my husband and myself have it, they tested him for it before he went to surgery. We found out, right before surgery that he does indeed have hypothyroidism, and it's a rather severe case. I haven't actually known anyone with numbers as low as his are now. According to the lab copy that I got the reference range for his tsh is 0.7-5.4 I'm not sure if the range is that different for children. For adults, I know the range is .3-3. His came back above 300(bad on any scale).The doctor also checked his free t-4 and the range for that is .64-2.20. His tested at .4. Which is so low, I'm not sure how he has even been functioning at all. They didn't check his T-3, but I wish she had.
I was so concerned about my daughter having a high chance of developing it that I was ignoring that my son could too. I feel horrible that I didn't catch it sooner. For his TSH to be that high, wouldn't he have been hypo for years? I wonder if this whole thing could have been avoided if I had tested him a year or two ago.The one time that I did check my daughter's, their pediatrician told me it was unlikely for kids to have thyroid problems. That guy was obviously wrong. That was a big reason why I haven't checked her again. Now the pediatric endo, is telling me that I need to recheck her(because there is a strong family history, she is now the only one in the family that doesn't have it). And even if she comes up fine, she told me that she needs to be checked at least every other year but preferably every year. She made it sound like it's just a question of when she will get it, not if.
Anyway, anyone know anything about pediatric thyroid conditions? I know a lot for adults and have done some research in the past but I have gotten no where with it in pediatrics.
I will trust my gut from now on. Not all doctors know what they are talking about because obviously that pediatrician didn't know a dang thing about thyroid issues in children.