Monday, October 20, 2008

Something old, Something new

Old – the vomiting. It is getting old. I am tired of the vomiting. It seems to be doing more and more damage to his little body. The vomiting looks so violent and painful. The GI doctors have crossed everything off of their list; nothing new to look for, tests or medications to try.

New – cortisol. Last week Brayden had blood work done to check his cortisol. It came back abnormal. What new information does this bring? The test looks for the cortisol levels in the blood, looking for potential problems with the pituitary gland. Just above the pituitary gland is the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus sends signals to the pituitary gland. Over the summer we have started to realize that Brayden’s hypothalamus may not be functioning properly because of his difficulty regulating his body temperature and now his gastric refluxes. The idea is that Brayden’s brain is not sending the proper hormones to regulate his body, some of the results being vomiting and extreme acidity in his stomach.

Our pediatrician talked with a pediatric endocrinologist at Georgetown Hospital, one place we have not been to yet, to review this new finding about his cortisol levels. Brayden is scheduled for an evaluation and an ACTH test for this Thursday, Oct 23.

Same old problem, hopefully a new answer.

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