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I had a blood test done to check my level of growth hormone.

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I had a blood test done to check my level of growth hormone. The result was 0.3ug/L. Is this normal, or low? I have been having many symptoms associated with Adult growth hormone deficiency.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your concerns today.
I am sorry to hear about your problem.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Do you have the report with you?

If yes, can you please attach the report on here or mention the reference range of the lab.

Was this a random blood test that you had?

Please let me know.

Regards

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this was a blood test for growth hormone levels that I decided to have done because my GP didn't agree with me.
I have attached the report.Regards, *****
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

What are your symptoms?

Please let me know.

Kindest regards

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
symptoms include:
extremely dry skin, incl. eyes
hair loss/thinning
missed periods
extreme fatigue
lack of strength
loss of concentration
low energy levels
low heart rate
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

There are three main possibilities in your case:

  1. Low thyroid hormones -- which I am sure your doctor must have tested. If he has not tested it then I would recommend having this test done.
  2. Perimenopause -- this is in fact the most likely cause of your symptoms as you are around the age where ovaries stop functioning. This would be a proven by a blood test that checks the FSH hormone in the body along with estrogen. If proven, treatment would be with hormone replacement therapy.
  3. Low cortisol levels -- this is an unlikely cause since it is uncommon but if the above tests are normal I would recommend having a test done to rule this out.

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Kindest regards

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you.
I would also appreciate if you could just let me know about the result of the blood test I sent to you. Is this level normal?
Regards
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

It is normal or slightly low.

Nothing alarming though.

I do not think this is the cause of your symptoms i.e. the growth hormone.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
hi, I do appreciate your response. However, I don't think this is the case. The problem is that I have 3 children aged 20-24 who are all experiencing the same problems that I am.
My son began losing hair at 18, my daughters are also losing hair and it's thinning. Everyone suffers from extremely dry skin/scalp. They have all developed pigmentation, their eyesight is worsening, the girls have periods every 4 months or more. They all suffer from lack of concentration which has taken them from being A grade students to lower. If they didn't have these problems I would agree that in my case it could be pre-menopausal, but this cannot be true. Please could you help me try to establish why we are all suffering in this way.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I forgot to mention that I too have developed pigmentation on my face and back, as have my children.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

I understand your concerns but none of what you mention is related to growth hormone deficiency.

However, in your case, there is no harm in using growth hormone injections for a few weeks to see if it would help with your symptoms.

You would need a referral to an endocrinologist by your GP.