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my 11 yr old has had stomach pain and throwing up for a month

Posted by @pinkfaith1979, Fri, May 4 11:49pm

My 11 year old son has that had stomach pains and has been throwing up for a month and the doctors just want to keep giving him meds they’ve done CT scans x-rays MRIs and still no idea what is going on he throws at 4 to 6 times a day he hasn’t lost weight and has no fever and I’m very frustrated that he has missed almost a month of school because of this cuz he can hardly move cuz it stomach hurts

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@pinkfaith1979 I feel your pain. Frustrating and painful to watch your child suffer. Our son was a little older.. 13 I think when this started happening to him (he is 45 years old now..umm time really flies!). My husband was in the Army and they knew very little about conditions of the stomach back then in children or adults. They said there was some surgery they could do, but it could either have diarrhea or constipation the rest of his life. We decided to wait and see how things went. Our son was put on medications to reduce acid .. we had to get away from the pediatrician to get him a proper dosage. He was 6’ tall.. adult size. We tried to help with his diet, but with teens it is difficult.. they can be quite stubborn no matter how mich they hurt. Somehow he managed to get his weight back up.

Years later in civilian life I was diagnosed with h pylori after an endoscopy and as the dr showed us the photos my husband said he had seen it before on his endoscopies. The Army did not put them to sleep to do endoscopies. I was put on the medication for h pylori and my husband also. Our son was married and away from home by then and we told him to get his dr to give him the medications for h pylori. We all got much better… I have had other stomach problems and continue to be on ppi.

Has your son had a test for h pylori or had an endoscopy? They have come such a long way with stomach diagnosis. My granddaughter was having a hard time when she was born.. failure to thrive. She would scream almost contantly with pain. She got an appointment with a specialist in pediactric gastro problems in Macon GA. He knew her problem right off. She was allergic to all the main formulas. Special formula and now she can eat anything.

Your son's symptoms could be caused by many different things. My advice is to find a pediatric gastro specialist. In this world today it is so hard to find good care with our insurance problems in here the USA. There are programs to help and it varies from state to stare and even city to city.

Have they done an endoscopy? You really can't tell anything without it.

Also, my daughter had similar in 8th grade. Took her off gluten and that worked. My son had no pain but tired all the time at same age. Endoscopy showed his stomach was bleeding. Diagnosed with collagenous gastritis.

@pinkfaith1979

I am so sorry to hear of your child's health problems. Not being able to eat certainly affects all aspects of life and that is so tough for a youngster. I'm sure you must be concerned.

Could you tell a little about what sort of tests and/or treatments your child has had so far. Has he been seen by a GI doctor (a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders)? If not, that would be a good first step.

I hope that you post again and let us know how he is doing.

Teresa

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@pinkfaith1979

I am so sorry to hear of your child's health problems. Not being able to eat certainly affects all aspects of life and that is so tough for a youngster. I'm sure you must be concerned.

Could you tell a little about what sort of tests and/or treatments your child has had so far. Has he been seen by a GI doctor (a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders)? If not, that would be a good first step.

I hope that you post again and let us know how he is doing.

Teresa

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He has had seven x-rays to CT scans one with contrast in the IV one with contrast in the IV and drinking liquids MRI of his head been to a GI specialist they have put him on Zantac Zofran never worked for him

We have taken him off of lactose for the last 2 weeks he thinks the world is ending because he can't eat regular bread that's kind of helped we go get GI emptying procedure done on the 8th. Then I guess wait for those results like just keep wanted to put meds on top of meds for an 11 year old and it's ridiculous so I think I will ask about some of the test that you guys have suggested and I greatly appreciate it thank you so much

Since you mentioned dietary issues I am dropping this prepared note into the chain. You may take it for what it is worth or simply delete. If you would like more information I can explain what I did (lots of phone calls and food logs ); you may write me directly if you want any of the back story.
My Symptoms – vomiting, nausea, achy stomach, bloat, weakness. Trouble talking, thinking, listening. Pain in left shoulder. All symptoms started slowly and slowly resolved after vomiting at the three to four hour mark. Had asthma as a child. Recent problems started 3 – 4 years ago. I am in very late middle age. Average weight. My symptoms are almost completely under control now and I can look back and figure what I did wrong and remember for next time.
Medical – Had “every test.” GI doctor finally told me to just “avoid trigger foods.”
Problem: Couldn’t figure out what trigger foods were. Turned out the problem for me was the preservatives IN the food
Solution: avoid preservatives, especially sulphites which are rarely labeled. I am ever vigilant. Note: If I do happen to eat too much or the wrong thing it sometimes helps to stand up, walk around, take a shower, take deep breaths. Sometimes.
What I Can Eat
Beef, organic chicken, eggs, food after removing skins (apple, avocado, watermelon, etc) canned tuna, maybe lamb. Salad bar items not otherwise excluded. Also yogurt, milk, cheese, fresh fruits and veggies (limited quantities), ice cream (yay). Also cookies, cake – all that stuff you want to keep away from. I ask for a cheese plate for dessert . One – two tablespoons of just about anything. Most food in Europe or Africa. TV dinners – Swanson’s Hungry Man, Amy’s Organic. Always small meals and snacks. Sips of liquids at meals only. Between meals, fine. (I have only ever drunk water or coffee, don’t know about other liquids.) Am never hungry and amazingly have lost some weight.
What I Can NOT Eat
Marinated beef, NON organic chicken, PORK!, most seafood. Canned or frozen or otherwise preserved fruits or veggies or potatoes. Eggs that pour from a carton. Cruciferous vegetables (sort of figured this out) – even fresh. Any of these things that come in a package (note: this is a simple question to ask in a restaurant –“is ______fresh or does it come to you in a bag or is it frozen from another location?) Canned food (except tuna), boil in bag rice, large meals, Worcester Sauce (the worst!). Meal kits (especially Blue Apron). Spicy or fried foods. Large amounts of water or coffee – 8 oz or so – at meals. Wine. Don’t know about other alcoholic beverages. My list could be much longer; I have enough food to satisfy me with my “Can Eat” list. You will want to make you own list.
Again, you may write me directly if you want any of the back story.

@marlaxyz

Since you mentioned dietary issues I am dropping this prepared note into the chain. You may take it for what it is worth or simply delete. If you would like more information I can explain what I did (lots of phone calls and food logs ); you may write me directly if you want any of the back story.
My Symptoms – vomiting, nausea, achy stomach, bloat, weakness. Trouble talking, thinking, listening. Pain in left shoulder. All symptoms started slowly and slowly resolved after vomiting at the three to four hour mark. Had asthma as a child. Recent problems started 3 – 4 years ago. I am in very late middle age. Average weight. My symptoms are almost completely under control now and I can look back and figure what I did wrong and remember for next time.
Medical – Had “every test.” GI doctor finally told me to just “avoid trigger foods.”
Problem: Couldn’t figure out what trigger foods were. Turned out the problem for me was the preservatives IN the food
Solution: avoid preservatives, especially sulphites which are rarely labeled. I am ever vigilant. Note: If I do happen to eat too much or the wrong thing it sometimes helps to stand up, walk around, take a shower, take deep breaths. Sometimes.
What I Can Eat
Beef, organic chicken, eggs, food after removing skins (apple, avocado, watermelon, etc) canned tuna, maybe lamb. Salad bar items not otherwise excluded. Also yogurt, milk, cheese, fresh fruits and veggies (limited quantities), ice cream (yay). Also cookies, cake – all that stuff you want to keep away from. I ask for a cheese plate for dessert . One – two tablespoons of just about anything. Most food in Europe or Africa. TV dinners – Swanson’s Hungry Man, Amy’s Organic. Always small meals and snacks. Sips of liquids at meals only. Between meals, fine. (I have only ever drunk water or coffee, don’t know about other liquids.) Am never hungry and amazingly have lost some weight.
What I Can NOT Eat
Marinated beef, NON organic chicken, PORK!, most seafood. Canned or frozen or otherwise preserved fruits or veggies or potatoes. Eggs that pour from a carton. Cruciferous vegetables (sort of figured this out) – even fresh. Any of these things that come in a package (note: this is a simple question to ask in a restaurant –“is ______fresh or does it come to you in a bag or is it frozen from another location?) Canned food (except tuna), boil in bag rice, large meals, Worcester Sauce (the worst!). Meal kits (especially Blue Apron). Spicy or fried foods. Large amounts of water or coffee – 8 oz or so – at meals. Wine. Don’t know about other alcoholic beverages. My list could be much longer; I have enough food to satisfy me with my “Can Eat” list. You will want to make you own list.
Again, you may write me directly if you want any of the back story.

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Omg. We are doing GAPs diet with my son. Basically same. Cut out all preservatives, additives, etc. most things are basic. My son can’t handle nuts either and small dairy. No processed sugar.

Amazing. I never heard of the GAPS diet but will look it up.

Here is my question, because I am still trying to get 100% on top of and stay on top of this – does/did the GAPs diet work for your son? Sounds like not. But does it help at all and do you have anything to add?

Wishing you good luck

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I would request a Stomach Emptying Scan before the endo. It is much cheaper. Testing for Gastroparesis. It is the only test that proved she had it. Not ct, endo, nothing.

This is hitting close to home. I came here to find out information on my 12 year old, otherwise perfectly healthy son. He has been throwing up 5-15 times per day for almost 3 months. It's always clear, he is absorbing food. We've taken him to a pediatric GI specialist at Duke, have our 4th appointment today. He's done the gastric emptying can, upper GI, ultrasound on the stomach, x-rays… bloodwork and urine tests out the wazoo. All is clear! And yet it's only getting worse. We took him to an allergist and did discover that he is allergic to all trees, grasses, molds… basically the state of NC. He's getting two allergy shots per week and on allergy medications until those kick in in a few months. IDK what else to do. I get the honor of dropping my straight A student off at school while he bends over in pain and pukes out the window at least once on the 1.4 mile ride to school.
We are all at a breaking point. He has classic soccer tryouts this week, thank goodness his coaches know him and have been awesome about his health issues. Prior to all of this, he had a severe concussion for 9 weeks, the flu, stomach virus and strep for the first time. It's been a very tough road. He's NEVER had an antibiotic before this year, just hasn't needed them.
I am taking him to a homeopathic doctor as soon as the labs for that appointment get back. Just another $400, no big deal… and I can't work full time at this point and haven't been able to for MONTHS because of his health issues.
I don't know why this isn't being taken more seriously. Just because a pill can't be prescribed doesn't mean they shouldn't work faster to find solutions. NO reason for this to linger on for months and months. I find this unacceptable as I write out thousands of dollars of checks to DUKE, WAKE MED… allergists, homeopaths. I feel like NOTHING is being done or taken seriously.
It took me 4 years and 5 doctors and one homeopath to figure out I actually have hashimotos and celiac… THANKS! We are desperate.

@lhelbling

This is hitting close to home. I came here to find out information on my 12 year old, otherwise perfectly healthy son. He has been throwing up 5-15 times per day for almost 3 months. It's always clear, he is absorbing food. We've taken him to a pediatric GI specialist at Duke, have our 4th appointment today. He's done the gastric emptying can, upper GI, ultrasound on the stomach, x-rays… bloodwork and urine tests out the wazoo. All is clear! And yet it's only getting worse. We took him to an allergist and did discover that he is allergic to all trees, grasses, molds… basically the state of NC. He's getting two allergy shots per week and on allergy medications until those kick in in a few months. IDK what else to do. I get the honor of dropping my straight A student off at school while he bends over in pain and pukes out the window at least once on the 1.4 mile ride to school.
We are all at a breaking point. He has classic soccer tryouts this week, thank goodness his coaches know him and have been awesome about his health issues. Prior to all of this, he had a severe concussion for 9 weeks, the flu, stomach virus and strep for the first time. It's been a very tough road. He's NEVER had an antibiotic before this year, just hasn't needed them.
I am taking him to a homeopathic doctor as soon as the labs for that appointment get back. Just another $400, no big deal… and I can't work full time at this point and haven't been able to for MONTHS because of his health issues.
I don't know why this isn't being taken more seriously. Just because a pill can't be prescribed doesn't mean they shouldn't work faster to find solutions. NO reason for this to linger on for months and months. I find this unacceptable as I write out thousands of dollars of checks to DUKE, WAKE MED… allergists, homeopaths. I feel like NOTHING is being done or taken seriously.
It took me 4 years and 5 doctors and one homeopath to figure out I actually have hashimotos and celiac… THANKS! We are desperate.

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Poor guy!
You mention recent concussion, which makes me think of another cause of vomiting- brain abnormality secondary to brain injury.

@lhelbling

This is hitting close to home. I came here to find out information on my 12 year old, otherwise perfectly healthy son. He has been throwing up 5-15 times per day for almost 3 months. It's always clear, he is absorbing food. We've taken him to a pediatric GI specialist at Duke, have our 4th appointment today. He's done the gastric emptying can, upper GI, ultrasound on the stomach, x-rays… bloodwork and urine tests out the wazoo. All is clear! And yet it's only getting worse. We took him to an allergist and did discover that he is allergic to all trees, grasses, molds… basically the state of NC. He's getting two allergy shots per week and on allergy medications until those kick in in a few months. IDK what else to do. I get the honor of dropping my straight A student off at school while he bends over in pain and pukes out the window at least once on the 1.4 mile ride to school.
We are all at a breaking point. He has classic soccer tryouts this week, thank goodness his coaches know him and have been awesome about his health issues. Prior to all of this, he had a severe concussion for 9 weeks, the flu, stomach virus and strep for the first time. It's been a very tough road. He's NEVER had an antibiotic before this year, just hasn't needed them.
I am taking him to a homeopathic doctor as soon as the labs for that appointment get back. Just another $400, no big deal… and I can't work full time at this point and haven't been able to for MONTHS because of his health issues.
I don't know why this isn't being taken more seriously. Just because a pill can't be prescribed doesn't mean they shouldn't work faster to find solutions. NO reason for this to linger on for months and months. I find this unacceptable as I write out thousands of dollars of checks to DUKE, WAKE MED… allergists, homeopaths. I feel like NOTHING is being done or taken seriously.
It took me 4 years and 5 doctors and one homeopath to figure out I actually have hashimotos and celiac… THANKS! We are desperate.

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@lhelbling You mentioned concussion. I am still trying to recover from one myself. I bumped the bridge of my nose on the first of April. I iced it.. went on with life. No broken bone and nothing but a small knot and a greenish bruise. I kept having a nagging headache, I got worse upon rising and I started to tire sooner on walks. I also became more nauseous than usual. It took me 4 week to remember I hit my nose. I still do not remember exactly how I did it. I did go to my family doctor. With his exam he said had a concussion and ordered a ct scan to rule out any sinus or brain damage. I have had to move slowly and not concentrate on anything for long. Just close my eyes sometimes to shut the world out. My point is he may still be having effects from the concussion.. it can last for months not just a few weeks. I am a little past the 6 weeks and can tell it is going to take a month or so morre to recover. I am older, but your son is at an age where he has to do more.. his school work for one. My son had a concussion when he was 16 or so and it was about impossible to keep him from pushing it. School.. work and interacting with friends. Finally threatened to tie him down and finally he was on his way to healing and he had stomach problems too…. long before they had many of the stomach medications they have now. The flu can take a long time to bounce back from.

Instead of the normal barium swallow test you might ask for one that involves food. There are two.. one involves one containing barium which usually is eggs and bacon and in the South maybe grits or toast. The other is swallowing different consistency foods. Just because what he vomits is clear does not mean he is getting the nutrients. I vomit clear mucus and sometimes it just comes up.. not really vomitting… they say it is stomach mucosa.. mucus containing acid. A type of reflux. I have achalasia, Barrett's esophagus and gastroparesis. All which should show in a barium swallow test and or endoscopy or what they call a bravo test..

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