(Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada)
At the end of September 2009 my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and graves disease combined. However, they explained that the diabetes was at the very beginning stages and his body was still producing insulin but it was slowly depleting. The graves disease however was quite far along. His heartbeat when we checked into the hospital was 158 and his thyroid blood tests came back at 96. The doctor explained that normal thyroid levels for a 3 year old are 20 and under. Brendan had also lost 10 pounds in 2 months and was down to 29 pounds at the age of 3 1/2. Something is not making sense to me in all this. There is many symptoms that the endocrinologist cannot explain, including a sever rash all over his body(worse on torso) that when scratched turn into blisters. He also wakes up multiple times in the night and has a screaming fit then lays down and goes back to sleep until the next episode. He also has experienced cold sweats since he has started the PTu medication.
This all sounds very simple but there are many points that make me wonder if these doctors are off on their dignosis. I question how they can diagnose someone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. They insist my son has type 1, but he is only on 1/2 unit of NPH in the morning and every week we have to take him off of insulin completely for 2 days so that it can completely flush out of his system. This makes me seriously question his whole diagnosis. I am wondering if anyone else has had similiar experiences and maybe could reassure me that my son is not the only one out there experiencing this.
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