8 year old with stomach pains on and off.

Tammy - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Need some advice my 8 year old was in the hospital last month one hospital said she had appendicitis and transfered her to another hospital for surgery. the second hospital whigh was a childrens hospitalm said it was not appendicitis and after two days in the hospital they said it was Salmonella. Since she came home she has not been herself every 3-7 days she ends up with stomch pains and not feeling well, she usually has a temp between 99-100.4 as well. This weekend was really bad she had the runs, stomach pain and was vomiting on Sat. but by Sunday she was feeling fine but still running a slight temp. I've had her back to the DR. and they say the Salmonella should be out of her system by now. The thing that worries be is before she was in the hospital she was having theses pains come and go as well every few days. Does anyone have any ideas? I'll take any suggestions at this point. Thanks

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Amber - posted on 11/06/2009

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Have you considered the possibility of allergies? Or on a personal note..has your daughter been sexually abused?
My now 9year old daughter has had this issue the past over 3yrs now. Everytime I'd call the ped, she thought it was her appendix, we rush to the hospital, they do the ct scans and u/s's and everytime they say it's not her appendix. It turns out she is very allergic to all milk products, which the blood allergy test did not pick up on. Even a small sip of milk causes her to scream and cry from pain, we only found out by eliminating all dairy products from her diet.
But, sexually abused children tend to have intense stomach pains which can mimic appendicitis or other stomach issues.
Another possiblity is chronic appendicitis, which will continue to cause the intense stomach pains, really be the appendix, but will go away and then return at other times.
Has the dr mentioned anything with your dd's intestines, colon, etc? My daughter's intestines were always looped, swollen, and twisted, she has megacolon (an enlarged colon), and a displaced bladder.

Tammy - posted on 11/02/2009

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Wow no I've never even thoght of that. We were supposed to go to the GI last tuesday but my youngest daughter came down with the flu that morning so I have to reschedule the GI appt. I will definately keep that in mind though.

Michele - posted on 10/21/2009

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Have you talk to the dr. about blood poisoning ? my son 8 yr. old son had done the same thing when he was 4 maybe 5..his dr.s said the same thing about having appendicitis and phnomina. it just a thought hope it helps

Tammy - posted on 10/21/2009

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Thanks Irena, we have an appointment on Tuesday with a pediatric GI so hopefully they will be able to help. My daughter also has some sensory processing issues so I'm not looking forward to another Dr. appt. they are never fun. I will keep a log of her foods from now until then and when the pains happen.

Tammy - posted on 10/21/2009

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Quoting Irena:

I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter being in so much pain. I don't know what your child's history is, has she ever had a history of UTI's, ectopic ureter, reflux? Sometimes doctors are quick to write children off with the most common symptomatic problems and neglect the less common ones. Ask them to do a urine sample and bloodwork.
This could shed light on a possible UTI (can make you sick , fever, and go to kidneys). Also, severe reflux can appear after you eat and make you vomit and have pain in your stomach,come and go), gall stones. Pay attention to the foods she is eating..maybe a possibility of a developed food allergy. My son has had several of these things in the past and many times have to ask Drs to test for. Asking cannot hurt. It might help to have her or you write in a journal from every pain, everything she eats, ect. This might help you/Drs see a pattern or something contributing.
The best of luck to you and your daughter in finding an answer & my prayers will be with you that you can find a doctor that has the wisdom to figure this out quickly!


 

Irena - posted on 10/21/2009

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I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter being in so much pain. I don't know what your child's history is, has she ever had a history of UTI's, ectopic ureter, reflux? Sometimes doctors are quick to write children off with the most common symptomatic problems and neglect the less common ones. Ask them to do a urine sample and bloodwork.

This could shed light on a possible UTI (can make you sick , fever, and go to kidneys). Also, severe reflux can appear after you eat and make you vomit and have pain in your stomach,come and go), gall stones. Pay attention to the foods she is eating..maybe a possibility of a developed food allergy. My son has had several of these things in the past and many times have to ask Drs to test for. Asking cannot hurt. It might help to have her or you write in a journal from every pain, everything she eats, ect. This might help you/Drs see a pattern or something contributing.

The best of luck to you and your daughter in finding an answer & my prayers will be with you that you can find a doctor that has the wisdom to figure this out quickly!

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