My 11 year old DS was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome last week, by the Phoenix Children's Hospital's Pediatric Gastroenterology Dept. He had his first severe left side pain last May. We took him to the emergency room because he was pale, shaking, crying, and doubled over in pain. They did some tests, an x ray, gave him Morphine for the pain, and sent him home.
Since then, we've done blood tests, stool samples, and abdominal ultrasound, x rays, and a colonoscopy. Everything has come back normal. We've seen two different Ped GI specialists, in addition to the Phx Child. Hosp. He can go several weeks in between flare-ups, then it will hit him out of the blue. The pain is in his left side, not in the front, and above his hip joint.
Last week, at PCH, they did another x ray, and said they saw some stool and gas. They diagnosed his problem as IBS. They told us to put him on daily Miralax, fiber, and Activia yogurt (a probiotic) for 3 months, until we go in for a follow-up appt.. They said to limit cheese in his diet.
He has been in the school nurse's office twice this week with severe pain, and stayed home yesterday because the pain lasted on and off for several hours. It's obviously spasming, and when it stops, he's instantly fine and back to normal, until it hits him again.
Is there anything else I can do for him? It's so hard to see him in such pain, and I can't help him!