Thursday, December 05, 2013
How long would you wait to get 2nd opinion?
In this one, a young girl of about 8 was crazy-thirsty all the time--she drank gallons a day, her teachers were sick of her asking to go to the wash room, etc. She hid the water bottles from her parents. She wet the bed. They kept taking her to the pediatrician--they tested for diabetes--nope--OK, go home.
This went on for years.
Then she got a horrible headache--another specialist (finally) and of course, tons of imaging. This doctor had an inkling--it was a rare brain tumor made up of germ cells that should have dispersed in the womb--it was pressing on her pituitary gland and that region and causing the thirst. They did a biopsy and finally chemo and radiation. She will have to take drugs for life--but she is functional--even philosophical about it.
Now--if my kid drank a couple of gallons of water a day, I think I would doctor-shop more. I hope I would.
I know I would put the weird symptoms in a search engine and see if somewhere this computed.
Don't be afraid of offending your doctor--it's your body--get it fixed if you can!