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Gallbladder not working?
Posted by: trkb
Date: February 6, 2009 8:19 PM

My son, age 6, has had different symptoms since before age 1. Presently his stools have been floating for past 9 months, he has been drenching his pillow when he first falls asleep for the past 4 years (rest of night he is usually dry), he looks pale sometimes, he has mild tremors and I have always been curious about 2 bulging veins, one on each side of his neck - every since he was little. Bloodwork Nov '08 showed high liver enzymes & LDH, low iron, ferritin, cholesterol and kidney function. He has seen 3 natural medicine doctors (they all agree that his gallbladder is not working). One of them wants him to take choline & betafood, another wants him to take EFA's and betafood and the last one wanted him to take a Chinese Herb called Li Dan Pian. I keep thinking of my half-brother (same mother) that died young from pancreatic cancer, and I don't want my son to be headed in that direction. Do you have some thoughts in mind to help us figure out what may be going on here to give us a little bit of direction?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at February 7, 2009 12:39 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Gallbladder not working?
Posted by: drron
Date: February 7, 2009 12:54 AM

I cannot render a diagnosis in this context. This is an educational service only. So, let's get educated. The jugular veins can be noticeable in anyone, but really bulging jugulars call attention to the possibility of excess pressure on the right side of the heart. One would want to think of pulmonary hypertension. Paleness and tremors in a child would make a doctor think of anemia and that goes along with the low iron and ferritin. Liver disease can cause anemia and if the liver is diseased that can affect bile production which would account for the digestive problem. There is an empirical association between the occurrences of pulmonary hypertension and liver disease which doctors have noticed. Floating stools mean the dietary fat is not being digested which can be a liver and/or a pancreas problem. An educated guess here would be to focus on pulmonary hypertension and the liver. You obviously need a good doc who will not glibly advise treatments until the basic problem is diagnosed.

Re: Gallbladder not working?
Posted by: trkb
Date: February 9, 2009 2:33 PM

You suggest that we obviously need a good doc. I took my son to a pediatrician in a large city about 1-1 1/2 hours away from us. She looked him over, looked at his bloodwork, and I even had a list of symptoms since he was little, so she could look over carefully. The only thing she told me was that she thought he was fine, and that I (his mother) need to get a hobby, but she genuinely cared. What a joke and how depressing.... Especially when I have seen all of these un-normal symptoms since before he was age 1. I have lost much respect for those doctors since, though we do have good paying HMO health insurance. We have had to pay cash for the natural medicine doctors and are running out of it. What type of doctor do you suggest we start with or which direction should we head? Do you have any suggestions so the doctor will take us seriously?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at February 9, 2009 4:01 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Gallbladder not working?
Posted by: drron
Date: February 9, 2009 4:07 PM

I do not know the basis on which the doctors told you not to worry. If they performed all necessary tests and those tests came out normal, perhaps they are right. However, stories abound of doctors who missed important diagnoses. Sometiems university medical centers come up with diagnoses of rare conditions which other doctors miss simply because these conditions are so rare as to almost never have been seen except in referral centers where puzzling cases tend to land. As I said before, I would want to see proof that there is no pulmonary hypertension and no liver disease. In your place I would ask for a copy of the medical records and ask for these proofs from the doctors.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at February 9, 2009 5:30 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Gallbladder not working?
Posted by: trkb
Date: February 13, 2009 2:13 PM

The Pediatrician that told me to get a hobby, but she genuinely cared, ran no tests - none at all. She looked at bloodwork from his history of high liver enzymes, etc. Also, my husband's supervisor's son died from Burkitt's Lymphoma at age 6, and the same set of doctors kept telling him nothing was wrong with his son. You would think those doctors might take some parents concerns seriously. I am not saying my son has cancer, but something bad will happen if we leave whatever is going on, continue. The other thing on my mind, has been many years, that I would appreciate it if you would please educate me on why/what you think my son drenches his pillow with sweat when he first falls asleep at night, and the rest of the night he is fine (considering all of his symptoms from above). He has done that for almost 4 years. There has been only 2-3 times a month that he does not do that. And almost everytime he has been dry, he has eaten pumpkin seeds.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at February 13, 2009 3:59 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Gallbladder not working?
Posted by: drron
Date: February 13, 2009 4:09 PM

Short answer: I do not know. However pumpkin seed extract is available in pure form. Simply Google "pumpkin seed extract." In general terms what you son has is called "autonomic dysfunction" and some people are more prone to it than others. It is poorly understood in medicine. It can relect a deeper problem and often it stands alone.

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