I am a 17 year old boy, really short. I really want to get HGH therapy, because I know there is hope it can increase my height. I need a really good reason to convince my doctor to get me the therapy, what should I say? I know just telling him I want to grow a few inches isn’t going to do it, so what is the best excuse? Please help, I’m in desperate need.
Firstly, I’d like to ask how you "know" that HGH will help you. It doesn’t help all short people become taller at all. It only helps some people — those who have a proven deficiency in that hormone.
Have you had blood work that shows that you are deficient in HGH? If not, you really need to have that done before you decide that it would help you. There are also other symptoms of growth hormone deficiency. They are: increased fat around the waist and in the face, looking younger than other boys your age, a delayed onset of puberty — in other words, if you haven’t hit puberty yet, delayed tooth development — do you have all of your permanent teeth?, low energy, decreased strength, decreased exercise tolerance, decreased muscle mass, weight gain, and anxiety or depression.
If you have all or most of the above symptoms then speak with your doctor and ask him to refer you to a pediatric endocrinologist.