Having Short Stature/Height Is A Side Effect Of Pseudohypoparathyroidism
As a patient with Pseudohypoparathyroidism, I have short stature (height). I am 4 foot 10 inches tall and I stopped growing when I was 13 years old. My bone age was that of a 15 year old, so according to my bones it was time to stop growing. At the time, I saw a number of specialists about what could be done (if anything) about my short stature. Unfortunately, since the bones had “closed”, growth hormones would have been a waste of time and money. The only other option available to me was leg lengthening but I did not go through with that. I didn’t want to be confined to a wheelchair for 6 months to a year while my legs healed, especially since the end results wouldn’t have made a great deal of difference.
I thought that other Endocrinological disorders would also be a cause for short stature. After doing a little research, it turns out that Endocrine diseases actually rarely cause short stature. However, with Pseudohypoparathyroidism, there is no doubt that short stature is indeed a tell-tale symptom.
Does Short Stature Affect A Person Emotionally?
That is a question that can’t be answered in general, because every individual has their own way of looking at themselves. Some people may fall into a deep depression because they’ll never be a 5’10 supermodel. Others may not give it a moment’s thought and go on with their lives as normally as possible. I tend to fall more-so in the latter category. True, there are certain things I need assistance with (usually reaching items on a high shelf), but most of the time my short stature does not really affect me negatively. Once in a great while I may think to myself “Gee, I’d like to know what it feels like to be of average height” (which in the United States for an adult woman is approximately 5 foot 4 inches tall) but unless someone else makes negative comments about me being short, those thoughts are fleeting.
Are Boys With Short Stature Affected More Emotionally Than Girls?
I do not have any concrete statistics on this issue. My personal feeling is that boys who end up with short stature as adults may possibly have a harder time dealing with the emotional ramifications. After all, the media and other popular culture outlets have always encouraged the ideal of a tall, strong male figure. Whereas girls are easily accepted if they short, because it feeds into certain female stereotypes, boys with short stature may possibly have more social and emotional difficulties. Short stature males may encounter more teasing and harassment from peers and their self esteem may suffer more because they are not living up to the ideal that they’ve seen on TV or other places.
These are purely my thoughts and feelings on the subject. If you have a child whose stature you are concerned about, I would strongly advise seeing a doctor about the issue as soon as possible. I suspect that perhaps if my doctors had done the growth testing before I hit puberty, then maybe the growth hormones may have actually been effective and my short stature would never have been an issue. On the other hand, if my short stature was corrected early, maybe my Pseudohypoparathyroidism would have been harder to diagnose.
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