From Boise, Idaho, USA:
Our seven year old son, who has Down's syndrome and Graves' disease, is behaving badly (edgy), eating/drinking constantly, not sleeping at all, and has lost five pounds in two months. On a hunch, I borrowed a blood glucose meter from my neighbor who has diabetes and his blood sugar is crazy (from 80 to 232 mg/dl [4.4 to 12.9 mmol/L]). Is this common with Graves disease? Is this common with Down syndrome? Is it totally unrelated? No one seems to be able to tell us why he has such extreme mood swings, headaches, etc.
You should talk to your son's endocrinologist and set about some detailed blood glucose monitoring to decide how to proceed so that he does not get very sick, dehydrated, etc. None of what you describe is normal, so please do not wait.
Original posting 9 Jan 2002
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:30
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