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#1 Anyanswers

Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:36 PM


Mods, move this to a  more appropriate section if you feel the need. I have gone anon as I am on FB and no one know on my friends list what is going on.

Baby girl (14 months) has been really off since October. She was sick then (virus) and hasn’t really recovered. She has been quite sick on and off all her life, always told it is a virus.

  These are her symptoms

  -          Swollen lymph nodes present in her head and neck since October

  -          Swollen right nipple

  -          Excessive crying and sooking, even when asleep (yes, I am extremely sleep deprived)

  -          Constantly holds her head and ears

  -          Night sweats

  -          Low weight gain (officially diagnosed with failure to thrive)

  -          Constant scratching at lymph nodes while whining

  -          Vomiting after feeds

  -          Occasional purple feet

  -          Barely eats, refuses everything I offer her

  -          Falling over more and more

- Gagging on nothing

  My GP was concerned and did a full blood evaluation on her. It ruled out leukemia but not lymphoma as she had a marker for it. Also showed the urea levels are high.

  We were sent for an ultrasound on the nodes in her head today that showed that the nodes are swollen but not looking suspicious. That said, the scan was done in under a minute with no measurements taken of any nodes. I am unsure how they could've properly checked them when she was so wriggly and sooky.
I've done some reading and ultrasounds don't detect lymphoma. I have no idea why they even ordered that test.

  The ultrasound on her nipple back in October showed that it was normal glandular tissue (just seems she has more on that side)

  Our GP is stumped and has sent us to a paed who we have an appointment with tomorrow.

  Anyone have any clues or gone through a similar thing? Like I said, we are seeing the paed tomorrow.

Edited by Anyanswers, 26 January 2013 - 06:59 PM.

#2 roses99

Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

No, but I truly hope you get answers soon. How very frightening  sad.gif

It's good you're going to the paed.

#3 Anyanswers

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

I am beside myself with worry and it is all starting to get on top of me but will push through. Thanks for the reply.

#4 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

I am sorry to hear this, and I have no real answers for you.  But I hope you get some clarity around what it could be soon.

#5 miinii

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

Oh gosh OP how stressful for you and your poor DD i really hope you get some answers soon.

#6 Ice Queen

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

Certainly no answers from me.  Glad you are going to the paed, just keep pushing and trust your instincts that things aren't right.  Specialists are very hard to get appts with so you will need to keep strong and push, push, push sometimes.

Good luck and hope your LO gets better.  It doesnt sound normal by any means.

#7 Bluestocking

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Let us know how you go OP, how stressful.  sad.gif

#8 Quay11

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

Good luck with the paed. I'm on a periodic fevers forum and there are also a lot of undiagnosed diseases out there too. My daughter ended up having Muckle Wells Syndrome, but there are plenty of children without a diagnosis. I hope the paed has answers for you, but if not and you feel something is not right, keep asking questions and recording symptoms and they might be able to work it out eventually.

#9 MumLOA

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

Hi there, sorry you're going through this, it can be very stressfull.

I don't have any answers for you, but my son has some similar symptoms so thought i would share our story so far...

He is 15 months and has had severe eczema since 3 months old, we have had it under control now since about 12 months with only occasional mild flare ups.

He has also had enlarged lymph nodes on his head, neck and body since about 4-5 months, most of these they believe were due to the eczema, but he has a very prominent one on his neck (approx. 1.5cm+ that can be seen at all times) that has never gone way even with antibiotics and no signs of other infection.

He is also low weight at 7.6kg at last check with no weight gained in the last 3months, but our paed is taking a 'wait and see' approach with everything (we are currently in the process of changing paeds :/)

He also has had very blue hands and feet on occasion and was diagnosed with Raynauds phenomenon, although again, no more investigation was done, it was just 'labeled' ...i have noticed lately that they don't turn as blue as often anymore. Maybe your DD has similar? It may or may not be related to her other symptoms?

Another thing could be allergies, is your DD allergic to anything that you're aware of?

This is probably not much help to you, but you wanted to let you know you are not alone and we are currently investigating similar things with our DS...i hope you get some answers soon original.gif

#10 Anyanswers

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

Thanks for the replies!
Here is what his answers were for everything...

Swollen lymph nodes present in her head and neck since October (most babies have this...)
- Swollen right nipple (No answer, ultrasound was clear)

- Excessive crying and sooking, even when asleep (behavioural/attention seeking)

- Constantly holds her head and ears  (behavioural/attention seeking)

- Night sweats (Didn't comment)

- Low weight gain (I give her too much milk/water so she doesn't want to eat)

- Constant scratching at lymph nodes while whining  (behavioural/attention seeking)

- Vomiting after feeds (behavioural/attention seeking)

- Occasional purple feet (cold - even with night sweats)

- Barely eats, refuses everything I offer her (Give her too much milk/water)

- Falling over more and more  (behavioural/attention seeking)

- Gagging on nothing  (behavioural/attention seeking)

Apparently my baby is a naughty attention seeker.

We are travelling to the closest Children's Hospital tomorrow for a further opinion (3 hours away - just going to emergency)

Edited by Anyanswers, 24 January 2013 - 09:44 PM.

#11 FreeRangeMum

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:01 PM

Oh you poor thing sad.gif I hope you get more answers tomorrow. Thinking of you xxxx

#12 F1widow

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

My god, that was his assessment from how much observation? 15 minutes? Yeah, get a second, third, fourth opinion! Good luck! bbighug.gif

#13 solongsuckers

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

Wow, that doctor is a knob. I hope you get some answers tomorrow.

#14 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:04 PM

Those sound to my untrained ear to be ludicrous replies, OP, I am so glad you're getting further opinions.

Good luck tomorrow!

Oh, and if it helps, 2 of my 3 had one swollen nipple for the first 2 years, no idea why, paed said sometimes they're just like that.  They both gradually went more normal-looking.

#15 Coffeegirl

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

Pead sounds like he has no idea so he's fobbing you off.

What 14mth old has the ability to vomit on demand to seek attention?

I hope you get a second/third/fourth opinion!

#16 I'mBeachedAs

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

What a disappointing response! I'm very pleased you're taking her to hospital. Poor little baby, I hope you get some answers soon.

#17 mummabear

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

Good luck tomorrow, you are so doing the right thing, that doctor has no idea! No wonder you are worried sick.

Hope they find something simple and easily fixed...your poor little girl.

#18 TillyTake2

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:09 PM

That dr sounds crap!! Where are you op? Maybe people can suggest a better paed!!

My only thought is ears. It can affect balance, could be related to gagging/vommiting if tonsils etc involved. ENT would be my best guess but a good paed would be ideal.

#19 TheGreenSheep

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Glad your heading to the children's hospital. Hopefully they'll treat you and your child with more respect.

#20 Anyanswers

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

I am in Canberra, we are going to Sydney tomorrow.
Her ears were checked by my GP and the paed today and are apparently ok.
I must say that I am pretty impressed that a 14 month old is already attention seeking! (yes, that was sarcastic)

ETA - He told me to stop giving her fluids between the hours of 8:30pm and 6:30am so she would be hungry for breakfast in the morning. She has to learn to self settle and not bother me. Obviously I am disregarding this piece of advice!

Edited by Anyanswers, 24 January 2013 - 09:15 PM.

#21 *Finn*

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:14 PM

Trust your instinct OP, what a load of crap from the pead. She is a baby for gods sake how can she be attention seeking.

#22 GreenEgg

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:14 PM

It sounds a llike my friends DD who has been diagnosed with Febrile neutropenia

I hope you get answers soon

#23 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

That sucks, OP.  I hope you get some much better answers tomorrow.  Your poor little baby.

#24 Therese

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

Just a reminder that all recommendations for doctors need to be taken off the boards. Feel free to use the pm system. I have removed a post.

Good luck OP, I hope you can get some answers today.

#25 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

I assume someone has listened to her chest and ruled out cardiac anomalies? Some of those features, while generally vague could indicate a circulatory issue (FTT, night sweats, purple feet, vomiting, for example)

I hope you find a good dr in emerg who can rule out things for you in a more methodical manner.

Good luck

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