Did I stop growing?

Posted by vamp14 @vamp14, Aug 8, 2021

I’m 14 years old and have been 5’6 for about a few months now and I’m not sure if I should be worried or not. I hit my first growth spurt back in 4th grade when I was 4’9 and grew, by the time I was in 6th grade I was 5’1 . Then 7th grade came and I grew 5 more inches. By the time the pandemic started I was 5’6. I started 8th grade and finished 8th grade (currently about to go to 9th) and still haven’t grown a single inch. The doctor says I have a lot of testosterone and should be exercising more so I did but no signs of growth yet. Is there a certain exercise or medication or any remedies I can take to increase my height or maximize it?

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my mom is 5’5 and my dad is 5’8 if anybody was wondering. I’ve been growing at a pretty fast pace until now according to my doctor. I also hit puberty a bit earlier than my friends.

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@vamp14 - Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect!
I certainly understand why you are concerned about your sudden slower growth pattern.
You mentioned 2 important factors- you started puberty earlier than your friends and your parents’ heights.
Traditionally, you would expect to fit in near your parents’ heights, probably closer to your Dad. I don’t believe you are completely done growing, but it will be slower.
Since your puberty started earlier, you had an earlier growth spurt than your friends, who kept growing at a steady rate until they hit puberty.
There is one test that can be used to CVSat 5 see if you are still growing- Bone age test. Your wrists are x-rayed to see if your growth plates have closed.
Please let me know if I can help with more questions.

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@vamp14

I am not a medical person… and can only share what is in my family history.

You may or may not have stopped growing. I stopped growing in height.. 5’6 1/4” around age 12 after being tallest in my classes all through elementary school. My dad about 5’10” and mom around 5’8”. My 3 brothers.. oldest 2 around 6’, next brother 5’10” and my sister 5’9”. Both of my grandmas were about 5’4” and grandpas were a little under 6’. My son and my sister's son are 6’4”. My daughter about 5’6”. .. my husband 5’10”. Both my children grew about 2 inches in their early 20s. Height varies from generation to generation… and the growth spurts can vary and slow down in your teens and you may grow a little when you are in your 20s.

As Ingegerd said there are test available. If you do have a hormonal imbalance that also can be addressed. Your primary doctor should be able to direct your parents and you to appropriate specialist. My sister started having her period at age 9 and me a couple of weeks before my 12th birthday. Sis had irregular, light periods… mine were regular and heavy. Just considered normal back in the dark ages.

ZeeGee

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@astaingegerdm

@vamp14 - Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect!
I certainly understand why you are concerned about your sudden slower growth pattern.
You mentioned 2 important factors- you started puberty earlier than your friends and your parents’ heights.
Traditionally, you would expect to fit in near your parents’ heights, probably closer to your Dad. I don’t believe you are completely done growing, but it will be slower.
Since your puberty started earlier, you had an earlier growth spurt than your friends, who kept growing at a steady rate until they hit puberty.
There is one test that can be used to CVSat 5 see if you are still growing- Bone age test. Your wrists are x-rayed to see if your growth plates have closed.
Please let me know if I can help with more questions.

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Ah I see thank you very much. I was also wondering if things like fixing my posture and exercise also helps maximize my growth. Another question is that since I wake up around 5:30 AM EST in the morning for school what time do you suggest should I try to sleep by?

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@fourof5zs

@vamp14

I am not a medical person… and can only share what is in my family history.

You may or may not have stopped growing. I stopped growing in height.. 5’6 1/4” around age 12 after being tallest in my classes all through elementary school. My dad about 5’10” and mom around 5’8”. My 3 brothers.. oldest 2 around 6’, next brother 5’10” and my sister 5’9”. Both of my grandmas were about 5’4” and grandpas were a little under 6’. My son and my sister's son are 6’4”. My daughter about 5’6”. .. my husband 5’10”. Both my children grew about 2 inches in their early 20s. Height varies from generation to generation… and the growth spurts can vary and slow down in your teens and you may grow a little when you are in your 20s.

As Ingegerd said there are test available. If you do have a hormonal imbalance that also can be addressed. Your primary doctor should be able to direct your parents and you to appropriate specialist. My sister started having her period at age 9 and me a couple of weeks before my 12th birthday. Sis had irregular, light periods… mine were regular and heavy. Just considered normal back in the dark ages.

ZeeGee

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Ah I see! Thank you for your experience I’ll be sure to check that out.

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@vamp14 - Do you have a pediatrician or family doctor that has been monitoring your growth since you were very young? Such a doctor would be able to explain and possibly predict how much more you will grow.
Regarding sleep- more is better at your age! Everyone is different, but I would think you could try to go to sleep by 9 -9:30 at the latest.
Moderate daily exercise is healthy for anyone to help maintain good health.

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I'm a 16 year old female and last of 2021 I was 5'2 and when visiting my mother's country, Colombia, I grew and my whole family noticed I grew but when I came back I was still 5'2 and a year later I've stopped growing.

I'd also like to mention that even though my visit for a physical exam said I was 5'2; my mother is 5'2 yet I'm taller than her. And I have a friend who is 5'2 yet I'm taller than her.

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@yofy

I'm a 16 year old female and last of 2021 I was 5'2 and when visiting my mother's country, Colombia, I grew and my whole family noticed I grew but when I came back I was still 5'2 and a year later I've stopped growing.

I'd also like to mention that even though my visit for a physical exam said I was 5'2; my mother is 5'2 yet I'm taller than her. And I have a friend who is 5'2 yet I'm taller than her.

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Hi @yofy Welcome to the 5’2” club! I’m a member myself along with my daughter and several other family members. Genetics play a huge role in our body structure and girls tend to reach their adult height at around the ages of 14-16.
When comparing your height with others who are also 5’2” and you feel taller, I’m wondering if it has anything to do with shoes you’re wearing or your facial construction. My mom always felt I was taller than she was and yet we measured the same height. If we compared ourselves with pencil marks on the door frame we were exactly even. But our eyes didn’t line up if we were looking directly at each other. My mom’s eyes were about an inch lower than mine and she had longer forehead. So she always thought I was taller even though we were the same and I admit, I always thought that way too because I was looking down an inch when making eye contact. Try that with your mom and friend to see if that’s the case.

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@yofy

I'm a 16 year old female and last of 2021 I was 5'2 and when visiting my mother's country, Colombia, I grew and my whole family noticed I grew but when I came back I was still 5'2 and a year later I've stopped growing.

I'd also like to mention that even though my visit for a physical exam said I was 5'2; my mother is 5'2 yet I'm taller than her. And I have a friend who is 5'2 yet I'm taller than her.

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Thank you, but could I also know why when visiting my mother's country, Colombia, I grew but when I came back nothing changed and I was still the same height?

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@loribmt

Hi @yofy Welcome to the 5’2” club! I’m a member myself along with my daughter and several other family members. Genetics play a huge role in our body structure and girls tend to reach their adult height at around the ages of 14-16.
When comparing your height with others who are also 5’2” and you feel taller, I’m wondering if it has anything to do with shoes you’re wearing or your facial construction. My mom always felt I was taller than she was and yet we measured the same height. If we compared ourselves with pencil marks on the door frame we were exactly even. But our eyes didn’t line up if we were looking directly at each other. My mom’s eyes were about an inch lower than mine and she had longer forehead. So she always thought I was taller even though we were the same and I admit, I always thought that way too because I was looking down an inch when making eye contact. Try that with your mom and friend to see if that’s the case.

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Thank you, but could I also know why when visiting my mother's country, Colombia, I grew but when I came back nothing changed and I was still the same height. Any reason perhaps?

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