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worried about dd - what could cause this?

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ThatVikRinA22 Thu 30-Jan-14 00:49:37

dd is 16.
she is almost 5ft 8 but very slim despite eating really well.
a few months ago she had problems with her heart absolutely racing and chest pain - we saw a gp and also went to A&E but the A&E doctor dismissed it as hyperventilation.
this didnt ring quite right for me as dd is very level headed, not prone to panic and very laid back, but we accepted the dx and went home.

yesterday she fainted - she was out totally for a good few minutes. she had eaten breakfast. (2 weetabix with milk and apple juice)
when she got home she ate 2 boiled eggs and 3 slices of toast.

we saw a gp today who says she has low blood pressure and is very underweight. we are taking her for blood tests tomorrow.

dd is baffled - she eats really really well. she says she is always hungry.
despite this she is a size 6.
she is always tired. she comes home and goes to bed most nights. she lays in bed a lot and often looks "peeky" .
she is on iron tablets as she was slightly B12 deficient.
she is on the pill but says she has been on it about a year with no ill effects so far.
she has recently started coughing at night. she used to be asthmatic but grew out of it - recently she has found she has needed an inhaler again and coughs at night.

im resisting the urge to google.....
so im asking if anyone knows what could cause these symptoms - im not sure whether they are all unrelated.
i will confess i am worried and trying not to be. does anyone have any ideas?

eurochick Sun 02-Feb-14 20:09:56

Thyroid issues, anaemia or B12 anaemia are the things that immediately spring to my mind. I hope you both get answers soon.

BTW, when my ferratin levels are low I feel like my breathing is laboured. I notice what you say about the inhaler.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 03-Feb-14 00:17:51

thanks again for all your thoughts on this.

the inhaler is because she is coughing loads - particularly at night again. She hasnt needed one for quite a few years so its a bit baffling.

just going to see if anything come back from the blood tests. i cant recall what exactly was tested for.
if nothing shows i will head back to gp with her and mention POTS, and coeliacs (sp?)...

DazR Mon 03-Feb-14 15:04:23

You said her b12 levels were low - is she supplementing b12? either with injections from GP or tablets, or sublinguals (tablets which melt under the tongue for better absorbency). Ask for copies of all blood tests from your surgery (you are entitled to these - there may be a nominal charge for copying or printing). Check the b12 level and the acceptable range. She needs to be well above the bottom of range. Is she low on vit D or ferritin and what is her folate level? I agree she should have thyroid checks too. My teenage daughter is vitamin b12 deficient and also has low ferritin, folate and vit D. She has regular b12 injections and is on folic acid, vit D and iron supplements. She also fainted a week ago and appears to have a viral infection - currently awaiting more blood test results. Please push for investigations - there is a very good b12 def website called which lists possible symptoms. Good luck.

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 05-Feb-14 16:07:35

well her bloods are back and show nothing.

she is taking iron supplements dazr so not sure what else it could be....

i think i will ask her to go back to the gp and discuss what next.

DazR Thu 06-Feb-14 20:51:51

Did you get a copy of the results as GPs are notorious for saying 'normal' when actually levels are very low.........

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 07-Feb-14 03:15:27

i didnt but am going to get dd to go back to same gp to discuss results.

mercibucket Fri 07-Feb-14 03:29:31

please please please please please please

get the results

we are saying this because we know! we have suffered because we didn't. all we needed to do was ask, then look up ourselves on the internet.

take b12 as an example. why is she b12 deficient? what are her levels now? are they really optimal? ditto iron. i feel awful until they are about 70 ferritin. i sleep in the afternoon. i am knackered. the gp is happy if they are 15 - this is 'normal'. well if normal is needing to sleep all day . . .

also i would absolutely go with her to the gp if at all possible

sunshineandshowers Sat 08-Feb-14 20:38:14

Cold hands feet raynauds syndrome?

DazR Sat 08-Feb-14 23:16:55

Definitely think you should go with her. GP is more likely to listen and you can make a list of things to cover. My 19 is still happy with this and realises it is in her best interests.

ATacticalNameChange Mon 10-Feb-14 12:58:30

Is there any chance at all she could be bullimic?

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 10-Feb-14 13:25:23

definitely not bullimic. She really doesnt seem to bother about her weight at all, she is just naturally very slim but her father is 6ft 5 tall and he only weighed 10 stone for years.
i was also very slight at that age and weighed only 7st 4. (until i hit my mid 30s then it was all downhill from there! )

there are no signs of bullimia at all - her teeth are good, she eats with us a fair bit, and am sure i would hear her if she was making herself sick.

i will ask for the results and also see if she will allow me to go with her back to the gp.
she asked me last night what to do next. i said when she has a free day we will go back to gp.
thanks all.

ATacticalNameChange Mon 10-Feb-14 14:17:08

Your poor DD. Hope you get an answer soon sad

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