My son was always pretty low on the growth curve, and by his three year pediatric check-up he’d completely fallen off of the chart.
The pediatrician referred us to an endocrinologist who ordered some blood work done and, when the results came back, was a little alarmed that there was an unmeasurable amount of growth hormones in his system. Certain diseases were ruled out (Addison’s Disease, perhaps? I don’t recall their names at the moment), so the next step was an MRI of his pituitary gland. The results of that came back normal, so the doctor, convinced enough that the next appropriate step was to order daily injections, advanced the process by requesting insurance approval… which they denied, citing a need for a growth hormone stimulation test before they’d approve anything.
The endocrinologist had prepared us for that eventuality and was just trying to spare putting a three year old through the lengthy test, but it was to no avail.
We’re still awaiting the results, as he just had the test yesterday, but are fully expecting them to come back confirming the endocrinologists initial diagnosis and for the treatment to be approved by the insurance company. If they’re not, that’s a very expensive bridge we’ll have to cross at that time, but if they are it’s looking like we’re going to have to give our little peanut a daily shot.
Have you gone through this yourself or with a child, or know someone who has? What’s your experience with these sorts of shots? Side effects? Unforeseen expenses? Did they help, and if so, what were the results? Is/was it a lifelong thing or were the shots only required for a certain time period? Were there any cases where it turned out the person was just a late bloomer and the treatment was unnecessary?
His doctors have all been very helpful and understanding, but they’ve also been very optimistic and convinced from what seems like a very early stage that this treatment was required, so we have our reservations and concerns.
So, what’s been your experience with growth hormone treatment?