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Addison’s Disease: Periods at 4 years, Menopause at 5

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A five-year-old girl from Australia who started menstruating at the age of four will soon start exhibiting signs of menopause, a result of Addison’s disease.

Emily Dover’s birth was absolutely ‘normal and happy’. By the second week, however, she started growing at an unusual rate. She was the size of a one-year-old by the time she turned 4-months-old. By the time Emily turned 2, she had developed breast buds, body odour and a rash on her skin that was diagnosed as cystic acne.

In addition to Addison’s disease, Emily has been diagnosed with congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Central Precocious Puberty, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing disorder and Anxiety Disorder.

The 5-year-old’s adrenal glands don’t produce enough steroid hormones.

Emily’s mother Tam Dover said her daughter is body conscious and aware that she is different from other children her age, reports Mirror Online. Sadly, the little girl is unable to understand what she is going through.

Constant pain and reduced mobility required Emily to undergo weekly physiotherapy sessions. At present Emily is five years old, and has started menstruating. After she starts a hormone replacement therapy, she will hit menopause, with all the side effects a woman over 50 years of age has to face.

“She hasn’t even had a chance to be a little girl. She’s having to learn how to put panty liners on for menstruating,” Tam tells Mirror Online.

Tam has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover the ‘astronomical’ costs of her daughter’s treatments and medical care.

“Each time her growth was measured it was always way above the 99th percentile, and often 99th percentile for a couple of years above her age,” Tam wrote on the GoFundMe page.

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/health/periods-at-4-years-menopause-at-5-the-little-girl-who-never-got-to-be-a-child/story-p2kkpyd31fvsBzP21LDWcO.html

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Alice’s Daughter, Undiagnosed Bio

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Reading the bios and other information online about Cushings has me very concerned for my 15 year old daughter.

At 5 she developed strong body odor and started rapidly gaining weight. She also grew extremely fast. She was the biggest kid in her kindergarten. We have a very tall family so I did not think the height was abnormal but I did ask the doctor about her body odor and told the doctor I was concerned she was starting puberty at 5. The doctor told me everything was fine. I noticed my daughter had tons of pubic hair at age 7 and I took her to the doctor. The doctor did think this abnormal, she was also already developing breasts.

They did a lot of tests and told me her bone age was 3 years advanced. I cannot remember what they said her diagnosis was but basically early puberty that they said would stunt her growth. She is presently 15 and 5′ 9″.

My daughter’s weight remained too high but relatively steady until about two years ago. She has gained 75lbs in the last two years, her hair is falling out, she is having to shave her face because the sides of her face are completely covered in hair, she constantly complains of aching joints and now in the last 9 months she has developed a huge fatty lump on her back just below her neck.

I have mentioned some of these symptoms to the doctor in the past but the doctor blames the symptoms on my daughter’s weight. Her hair loss the doctor blames on stress. My daughter is not stressed. She has a very laid back personality. I am taking my daughter back to the doctor on Monday and am going to insist she check my daughter’s cortisol levels.

Does anyone know of a good doctor in Colorado? What tests should I request from her doctor? Does this sound like Cushings to anyone else? Thanks for any help.

Alice

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