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help me brainstorm what could be wrong with him!!!

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here is the scoop. My 8 year old son seems to have intermittent episodes for two months or more where he has diarrhea and/or vomiting for a day or two each week.  IT IS NOT THE STOMACH FLU, even thought the doctors keep trying to pass it off as that.  he is not sick at all, no fever, just stomach cramping and severe diarrhea (like consitancy of urine).  this will last for at least a month, then will resolve for a few months and return again.  i'm taking him into the doctor again tomorrow and will not take anything less than scheduling for an endoscopy or colonoscopy.  anyone have any ideas on what the hell could be causing this?

Last week he was in the dr and diagnosed with a sinus infection. we were basically "promised" that the antibiotics will resolve the problem. within 2 hours after being seen by the dr, I had to call an ambulance because he was doubled over in pain, lethargic, weak and didnt want to move at all.  the ER diagnosed him with severe dehydration and a viral stomach flu. the next day he was almost 100% better ,back to normal energy level, vomiting done, but STILL had severe diarrhea!!!  now less than a week later (the diarrhea went away after friday last week) he was "sick" again!!! 

He cant keep missing school, and I cant keep missing work and school over this!!!! I need suggestions to look into so that I dont feel so blind about what it could possibly be!!

by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM
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BeAmour
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I vote either IBS or Celiac's
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grey7399
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Get mean.

My son is having gastro issues too.  Its driving us nuts.  He's missed a week of school already.

He's had X-Rays, U/s, and he's up for a catscan.  I'm insisting a specialist.  I'm sick of this.

amyrw
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM
He should see a gi doctor. Could be IBS. also, has he been on antibiotics between the times he's had the stomach issues? Antibiotics can cause diarrhea for weeks or months after being taken. I have GERD, since infancy, and IBS. The GERD just caused severe reflux where stomach acid would come up and fill up in my mouth. But now that I'm older they believe the acid has caused ulcers which are causing stomach issues. They are also suspecting gall bladder issues bc the cramps and diarrhea don't come after specific foods. I can have a salad one day and be fine and have the same thing the next day and have almost immediate diarrhea after I've finished eating. They can give meds like Zantac for GERD and antispazmatic drugs for the cramping such as bentyl. Not sure if that one is safe for children though.
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jbbrom
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:38 AM


Quoting amyrw:

He should see a gi doctor. Could be IBS. also, has he been on antibiotics between the times he's had the stomach issues? Antibiotics can cause diarrhea for weeks or months after being taken. I have GERD, since infancy, and IBS. The GERD just caused severe reflux where stomach acid would come up and fill up in my mouth. But now that I'm older they believe the acid has caused ulcers which are causing stomach issues. They are also suspecting gall bladder issues bc the cramps and diarrhea don't come after specific foods. I can have a salad one day and be fine and have the same thing the next day and have almost immediate diarrhea after I've finished eating. They can give meds like Zantac for GERD and antispazmatic drugs for the cramping such as bentyl. Not sure if that one is safe for children though.

no antibiotics.  the only thing that he has regularly been on is oral steroids for his asthma. of course i'm being told that these will not cause his symptoms.  i'm also giving him probiotics with the antibiotics that he is currently taking.  

they also thought that I had gallbladder issues when I went to the er last summer. I was so afraid to eat for so long! ultrasound and bloodwork came back normal, so they did and endoscopy and boom-saw ulcers. automatic diagnosis that they must have been caused by advil! I was super careful about what I ate for the last 6 months (one day I was literally shaking I was in so much pain from chicken and rice soup and raspberries). pain went away for months until i tried to eat raspberries again and bam instantly doubled over (this was pain though, not cramping diarrhea or anything, felt like my liver was giving birth) tried meds because nothing would touch that pain and out of desperation I took one of my sons benadryl. 10 min later stomach was completely better not even residual pain! now i'm sure that eating raspberries all summer was causing the issues and ulcers!!!

jbbrom
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM


Quoting grey7399:

Get mean.

My son is having gastro issues too.  Its driving us nuts.  He's missed a week of school already.

He's had X-Rays, U/s, and he's up for a catscan.  I'm insisting a specialist.  I'm sick of this.

I know it is making me so mad!! oh he just has the flu......um no I know my kid and he is not sick!! 

face84
by Bronze Member on May. 3, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Gallbladder maybe?  i do that sometimes even though im on med for my gallbladder

annanonnymommy
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:43 AM

my first thought was gluten intolerance. my second was have you tried probiotics?

jbbrom
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM


Quoting face84:

Gallbladder maybe?  i do that sometimes even though im on med for my gallbladder

in an 8 year old? would they have checked that at childrens hospital? I know they checked his appendix.

amyrw
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Hmm, when I was on oral steroids it said on the paper given to me at the pharmacy that it could cause diarrhea, indigestion, and in rare cases peptic ulcers. And that you should see a doctor if those side effects were persistent. Tmi, but when he has it what color is it?

Quoting jbbrom:


Quoting amyrw:

He should see a gi doctor. Could be IBS. also, has he been on antibiotics between the times he's had the stomach issues? Antibiotics can cause diarrhea for weeks or months after being taken. I have GERD, since infancy, and IBS. The GERD just caused severe reflux where stomach acid would come up and fill up in my mouth. But now that I'm older they believe the acid has caused ulcers which are causing stomach issues. They are also suspecting gall bladder issues bc the cramps and diarrhea don't come after specific foods. I can have a salad one day and be fine and have the same thing the next day and have almost immediate diarrhea after I've finished eating. They can give meds like Zantac for GERD and antispazmatic drugs for the cramping such as bentyl. Not sure if that one is safe for children though.

no antibiotics.  the only thing that he has regularly been on is oral steroids for his asthma. of course i'm being told that these will not cause his symptoms.  i'm also giving him probiotics with the antibiotics that he is currently taking.  

they also thought that I had gallbladder issues when I went to the er last summer. I was so afraid to eat for so long! ultrasound and bloodwork came back normal, so they did and endoscopy and boom-saw ulcers. automatic diagnosis that they must have been caused by advil! I was super careful about what I ate for the last 6 months (one day I was literally shaking I was in so much pain from chicken and rice soup and raspberries). pain went away for months until i tried to eat raspberries again and bam instantly doubled over (this was pain though, not cramping diarrhea or anything, felt like my liver was giving birth) tried meds because nothing would touch that pain and out of desperation I took one of my sons benadryl. 10 min later stomach was completely better not even residual pain! now i'm sure that eating raspberries all summer was causing the issues and ulcers!!!

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jbbrom
by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM


Quoting annanonnymommy:

my first thought was gluten intolerance. my second was have you tried probiotics?

could gluten be intermittent? plus the last time it started was after chicken and rice soup! he actually vomited it 18 hours later (eating nothing inbetween)!! I was starting to worry that he could have had a bowel obstruction because it was still whole!!!

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