I am short in height at the age of 20, is there anything I can do?
I am a 20-year-old Turkish male who has a height of 5'7 (around 170 cms). My mother is around 4'11 and my father must be something like 5'9 (around 175 cms). I am one of the shortest guys among my relatives (we can say that at least 5 or 6 relatives are only a few cms longer than I am, but still). Having a short stature influenced my mental health in a bad way even though I have been trying to overcome the thought of it and get more positive with it. I even sometimes get bullied just because of it and it hurts me a lot. Other than these, I am a huge volleyball enthusiast and even though I have good technique and knowledge of the game I can't play it properly because of the apparent and unmodifiable disadvantages I have.
My sister who has a height of 5'1-5'2 (150-155 cms) is also suffering from the same situation but she also has scoliosis so not so sure if our short stature is caused by the same specific reason.
She once was referred to Genetics specialist and that specialist told my sister that if she was referred to her before the age of 21 she could have prescribe some sort of injections that could make her grow taller.
Now my sister thinks that I should get checked by a Genetics specialist and have those shots prescribed for myself but I am not so sure if they will work or not because I am a medical student and I know epiphyseal plates tend to stop growing at the age of 20-25.
I just wondered if there is anything I can do to grow even a few more inches at this point in my life. It will mean a lot to me if there is but even if there is not, I will just accept the truth and move on with it.
***I was on isotretinoin therapy for nearly 5 months at the age 15. I thought it could be one of the reasons why I was not able to grow longer.
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You have a valid concern and want to know if you can expect further growth.
Your sister’s height might be influenced by her spine curvature.
My advice is to see an Endocrinologist- Pediatric if possible. They are better trained, I think, to evaluate growth problems. They can test all hormones involved with growth and puberty in addition to check your growth plates with imaging. They also will question you about your family’s final height.
Since you are a medical student you can request an appointment with Endocrinology at your University Hospital. Pediatric/Adolescent if possible.
Please get back to us after your visit!
Hello there, I appreciate the greeting!
Thank you for the suggestion, I actually was thinking of consulting a family physician before all but I was kind of afraid of the idea that they wouldn't understand the state I am in and actually make fun of me for asking for such thing. An endocrinologist sounds great, I will try to schedule a visit for an endocrinologist and will let you know about the results!
Have a nice day! 🙂