I was 13 and not growing after a bunch of blood test in the hospital the test came back I had a human growth hormone deficiency I was given humatrope one shot a day for 3 1/2 years for the last year the Dr doubled my dose he told me I was 1 out of a hundred kids trying this method increasing the dose. At the age of 22 I was always sore arthritis pain in within 2 years I've had neck and shoulder surgery I am now 33 with the back of a 90 year old man this was said to me after a surgeon reviewed my MRI I can hardly walk anyways I was wondering if anyone out there that is having the same problems I believe my problems are due to my growth hormone medicine (humatrope) please let me know thanks
I am responding to your question about back pain and arthritis. I started growth hormone injections sourced from pituitary glands of human cadavers at age 5, stopped at age 11, then started again with synthetic growth hormone at age 12. From 12-18 I took growth hormone. I stopped at age 19 when the insurance would not pay for growth hormone for adults, and my doctor also said it was against the law to prescribe to anyone over 18.
I started growth hormone again at age 23 when the insurance and laws changed to approve coverage for growth hormone for adults. From 23 - to present, I have been on growth hormone. I am age 41 now. Sometimes I take a vacation from the medicine but for the most part, I have been on it for most of my life. However, I have had many problems from other medications I take due to other hormones that don't produce naturally in my body. My condition is hypopituitarism. I am taking Cortef, Synthroid, and female hormones Premarin and Provera so that I can get periods. I was told I need to have enough female hormones to prevent osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, I was not on a high enough dose of Premarin during my teenage years, due to a conservative pediatric endocrinologist who wanted to avoid the side effects of Premarin by keeping me on a low dose. Then, I was on a high dose of Cortef at age 22 - prescribed by a doctor who incorrectly converted the dose from Prednisone to Cortef.
I suffered from osteoporosis at age 26. I believe this occurred because of the high Cortef and low Premarin, and ongoing Syntrhoid use, and lack of Humatrope for four years.
Then I was on Fosamax from age 26 to 32. At age 30
I recovered from osteoporosis at age 30, but stayed on Fosamax because I did not want the osteoporosis to come back. A new endocrinologist said it was no longer safe for me to continue the Fosamax, so I stopped at age 32.
When I was 29, I started having back problems. I attributed it to heavy lifting of binders and pulling drawers out of fire-proof cabinets at work. Also, I commuted by public transportation and carried a shoulder bag. This was not good for my back. When I was 23, an endocrinologist had told me that my back muscles were not strong. I was never the athlete so I was not surprised.
But, when I started having back pain, I thought it was because my muscles were not strong, and I was not supporting my back correctly when I was lifting or pulling things. For immediate back spasm pain, I would seek treatment from a chiropractor for several months until my back stabilized. Occasionally, I would seek a massage at a doctor's office too.
Unfortunately, I injured my left knee. I went to an orthopedic surgeon, had x-rays and MRIs which showed nothing but a bruise on the bone. I had a short-term treatment of physical therapy. But, I had so much pain, that I had a hard time doing the exercises.
Eventually, I sought the help of a new orthopedist. I got X-rays. Then, I had an MRI which shows that I have bone spurs and osteoarthritis of the knee joint. He drained my left knee several times, and injected Cortisone in the knee to aid with inflammation. He referred me to a rheumatologist for ongoing treatment of my arthritis. My grandmother had arthritis, so I inherited this. But arthritis can also just develop from injuries that never heal right.
I requested my rheumatologist to authorize x-rays of my back and received them in May of 2014. Nothing is broken. The rheumatologist said that I might have myofascial pain in the spine.
I have to thank my rheumatologist for referring me to a wonderful physical therapy office, where I am getting help for my left knee (osteoarthritis), right knee (tendonitis) and my back pain.
My physical therapist said that I have hyper-mobile joints, which is causing problems (instability) in my knees. Also, my upper back is strained and gets very sore because of problems with my lower back. The upper back strives to compensate for weakness in the lower back. I have a bone spur in my left-side of my neck (shown in an MRI from 2009 when I had an MRI of my throat). So, I have arthritis in my neck too.
My Mom is 74 and has spinal stenosis, disk problems, sciatica, and arthritis. I am 41. I have accepted that I need to be monitored for these conditions so that I can commence treatment early on.
- Humatrope Information for Consumers
- Humatrope Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Humatrope (detailed)
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