My 11 year old daughter complains of stomachache for months

Melodi - posted on 05/28/2012 ( 117 moms have responded )

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My 11 year old daughter has been having tummy trouble for about 6 months now. She describes it as feeling like she is going to vomit or her stomach is about to be upset. Her pediatrician prescribed zantac and prilosec. Neither worked. We went to a GI doctor and they did and xray and found she was constipated. He had her do a cleanse on the weekend and then take miralax everyday for a month. We are now ending that month and she still cries every night. Is this period related? Could she have some sort of anxiety?

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Cindy - posted on 05/30/2012

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Sounds like what my daughter went through in 4th grade. It was horrible. She went through so many medical tests. She was also constipated and on Miralax. I took out dairy from her diet for a while, which eased but not eliminated the problems, but then I found that probiotics did the trick for her. She is off all medications and she eats yogurt with probiotics every morning and is fine and healthy!!! Activia is the most popular brand of probiotic yogurt, but be warned, it is also the nastiest. It tastes just like the after-taste of vomit. My daughter won't eat it either. (She likes a couple local store brands) They also sell probiotics in tablet form, which might be what is needed to get her intestines filled with good enzymes, and then followed up with a daily yogurt. The pills are more spendy and we found once my daughter's intestines were happy, we didn't need to spend $30 a month on them. And my daughter learned that if she quits eating yogurt for a couple weeks she starts up with the irregularity and pains.

Kathy - posted on 05/28/2012

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I'm just putting this out there. I don't know anybody's situation. But make sure they aren't being harmed in any way... the stress of keeping a secret can make them ill.

Katherine - posted on 05/28/2012

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My 6 year old is having the same problem. They put her on Zantac too. She is STILL complaining. Now I think it's anxiety related. Funny that we both have the same problem. I didn't check to see if she was impacted because she poops a lot. Maybe I should look into that too.

My daughter has been going through a rough time since her dad and I split up. So she could very well be having anxiety. Your daughter may be starting to get her period and that's why HER stomach hurts. Does she describe it as crampy, or just sharp pain or what?

Elizabeth - posted on 05/28/2012

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I would start looking at food or dairy intolerance. One of my friends has silliac disease, she can't digest gluten. I am lactose intolerant. An scary isn't enough if she has an ulcer. She needs a MRI. Also, she can be checked for gluten intolerance or H pilori via blood test. May I suggest looking into the physical and emotional possibilities congruently. Just don't give in until you have it resolved. It's not fun to have stomach problems. Hood luck

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Kim - posted on 04/15/2015

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KEFIR by Lifeway, found next to the milk in quart sizes. My daughter has been great since drinking this daily. Much more potent than any yogurt. It is a probiotic and tastes great. Start with 1/2 cup and then as much as she wants. Our doc turned us on to this and we have not gone back!

Kim - posted on 04/15/2015

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KEFIR, KEFIR, KEFIR!!!! Our doc put us on to this probiotic and we will never go back. Twelve year old girl same trouble, and as soon as she started drinking Kefir by Lifeway (next to the milk in quart sizes) she has been great. This needs to stay refrigerated which makes sense because refrigeration keeps active good bacteria alive. We started with a 1/2 cup a day and now she can have as much as she wants. We just write our names on the bottles and drink straight from the bottle. Well worth the price for any age! Worked with many older women that call this their best medicine too!

Shana - posted on 03/03/2015

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My daughter is going through the same th ing. She is 10 and cries every night stating she has to throw up and to feel her head for a fever. I took her for a sonogram, multiple Pediatrician visits, one urg icare visit and nothing seems to be wrong. I am taking her to a psychotherapist this week. I am a therapist myself and see many signs of anxiety and obsessive thoughts. I have tried to teach her to self soothe by drawing or reading but she has a hard time doing it. I think that she has pressure in school to do well and she is at the age where the girls are developing.

Joanna - posted on 02/10/2015

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Not sure if you will get this as it is so long ago, but did you find out what your daughter had, mine is exactly the same. Thanks

Jen - posted on 12/10/2014

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My daughter had bad pain and nausea at 5 was treated for constipation etc. after months of frustration she ended up in hospital for 3 weeks with pancreatitis due to common bile duct obstruction. She had another episode 3 years later and I was again to constipation. I was paranoid though and had labs run. She had pancreatitis again with Nother bile duct obstruction. See a gi doc. I cannot stress that enough. Small children can get adult gi issues.

Dbodden - posted on 11/04/2014

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I have been going through similar problems with my 8 year old. We ended up doing all the tests, celiac, endoscopy, blood work, we even went for counseling. Nothing. FINALLY we went to a nutritionist and found out she was has fructose malapsorbtion. All this time it was what she was eating. She is now on a FODMAP diet and doing much better. We also starting using essential oils. I know this sounds like a sales pitch, but I want you to know that they really do work. I was a desperate parent willing to try anything to make my daughter feel better. If you would like to hear more about how she was diagnosed or how we are treating her tummy aches, feel free to email me at bodden.essentialhealth@gmail.com.
I wish you and your child well.

Christie - posted on 12/06/2012

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My daughter has been having similar issues with gastritis/gerd and nausea/vomiting....mentioned my sister had gallbladder issues...we will be checking on that next week. Found a website called gallbladderattack.com and read up on stomach acid...hope this is helpful....

Cathy - posted on 11/26/2012

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It's not likely 'Period' related.. but.. I would take an opportunity to talk with her AND her Teacher(s).. and find out what her Social time life is like at school...if she is struggling with her fellow classmates..or if there is an issue with her Teacher...Anxiety from a Bully ..or peer pressure or even issues with Not Fitting In...may All cause Anxiety.. and those symptoms.

User - posted on 11/26/2012

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I have that same problem I feel so sick at night I end up in bed for weeks I went to the E.R I was dehydrated even though I drank a lot of water because I'm epileptic I went for a scan and was another patient with the same problem it was all girls too he said I have something called stomach migraines

Ann - posted on 11/06/2012

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If your child is having chronic stomach, choking, reflex issues and doctors cannot find the answer please look into Eosinophlic Gastro-Instestinal Disorders (EGID). You can learn more at www.curedfoundation.org or the Cincinnatti Children's Hospital Eosinophlic Center.

It is a rare disease that has only been studied for the past 10 years.

Venessa - posted on 10/30/2012

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i am 10 and i have this same problem!

i cant sleep, i cant eat and i sometimes have trouble on breathing.

Kaylene - posted on 10/30/2012

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Hi - Since my now 14 year old daughter was about 6 she had what I thought was repeated bouts of Gastro. Over the years it included very bad stomach pain and she often felt she was going to vomit. I put it down to her diagnosed Anxiety. It wasn't until late last year it really esculated. She would be starving but throw up after a few bites. As you all say - hard for a kid to articulate their aches and pains. I was lucky I over heard her say to her sisters that her foot had gone to sleep and she hadn't even been sitting down. It was that one thing that finally meant the specialist diagnosed her with Abdominal Migranes. With medication and taking onion, garlic, citrus & chocolate out of her diet she is a changed person.

Amy Lee - posted on 10/23/2012

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twisted is all i got to say when it comes to how ignorant are medical proffesionals have become, are we saying that the rat is actually a german sheppard,,the cucumber is actually a tomato, those speaking of probiotics,A+,,yogurt A+,lactose and gluten allergy A+,dont beleive the doctor who tells you the the sky is purple and grass is blue, if your child has anxiety..ITS PROBABLY YOUR FAULT,CAN THEY TALK TO U ABOUT ANYTHING IN THE WORLD WITHOUT FACING ANY TYPE OF CONSEQUENCE,,THAT MAY CURE YOUR CHILDS STOMACHE ACHE,TEACH THEM TO STRETCH BREATHE RELAX AND PRAY.THAT HELPS TOO,, DIVORCED,NEVER KEEP CHILD AWAY FROM OTHER PARENT UNLESS HARMFULL AND U MUST REMAIN FRIENDS WITH OTHER PARENT,ONCE A MONTH MAKE A FAMILY NITE TOGHETHER EVEN THOUGH DIVOCED,,HEALTHY RELTIONSHIP YOUR NEW MATE SHOULDNT MIND,,BUT THEY ARENT INVITED UNLESS CHILD INVITES OTHER MATE,THIS IS THE HEALTHY STOMACHE RELIEVER HERE

Shari - posted on 10/16/2012

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Melodi, My daughter has been suffering from the same issues since she was 4. My daughter was small at one time and then her body did a 360. My daughter is 10 now and I know how to manage the pain. My daughter also would sleep walk, be totally out of it and think she was somewhere else, throw up, then run to the bathroom where I would rub her back and watcher her throw up and have a bowel movement. My daughter has taken the miralax also or just a pill softner.



The doctors thought I was crazy, however I am the one who takes care of her all the time and had to figure this out on my own.

My daughter had to back off of the dairy products a little bit,stool softner at night and drinks more water. If my daugher really wants dairy she needs to also take lactade pill and no dairy after 6!. I noticed a world of a difference with the lactade pills! :) I know all kids are different.

Gaynor-Marie - posted on 10/08/2012

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Some of the others have suggested this already but definitely get the doctor to test for cealiacs disease. Also consider other food intolerances. If she is crying every night it is not period related. You may have to be insistent with doctors to look at cealiacs or dietary issues. Good luck finding an answer.

Dora - posted on 10/02/2012

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My daughter had the same issues and was put on all kinds of meds for bowel or acid reflux and none of it worked. We finally got fed up after 5 yrs. of trying to get her tested for Celiac/gluten Intolerance and just did the diet ourselves. Instant relief for her! We found out thru my cousins, that it ran on my Dad's side of the family and told the Dr.s and none would check her for it or just ignored us and said she did not have it. I even had a book along with a check list of her and My symptoms and told them of family history. Then after we did the diet for 2 wks and she was so much better, they of course wanted to test her but you have to be on the diet for correct results! No way did she want to go back to eating Gluten. Dairy is also an issue, so now we avoid both dairy and gluten!

Ruby - posted on 10/01/2012

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I have a very similar situation with my daughter. Her dr thinks its stomach migraines. He has her taking colase every night n miralax every other day n she still has the exact same symptoms but now she's complaining that her body aches n she's gets headaches more frequently. She goes for an ultrasound this week. This has been ongoing since early August.

User - posted on 10/01/2012

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my daughter has been suffering of abdominal pain and vomiting, dizziness, blood in her stool for 3 years and no dr cannot find out nothing, we took her to GI specialist and nothing every test is NORMAL, new syptoms occur now her left eye start to swolling and looking like lazy eye, pain in her joints. we change regular milk to silk, and she is gaining weight.

Karri - posted on 10/01/2012

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My Daughter has missed 3 weeks of school with bad stomach cramps, Doctors thought she was Constipated so they put her on Laxaday and Mettamucal bjt her stomach still seemed to hurt so we went to a Blood Analysis and found out that she had parasites , which seems correct because she has been in a lake before it got blue/green algea, so they gave her some medicine for them. It seemes to help but since shes on this clense her body is tired and her stomach hurts a bit but i think the pills will help her , the Blood Analysis said she would be tired for 5-6 days and before we found out about her parasites she was having some anxiety to go to school which is the first sign i have ever seen of anxiety in her, but when we sent to the blood analysis she said she had quite abit of yeast which plays with the mind abit but can cause some anxiety so we are on medicine for yeast aswell so hopefully she feels better in the next week. Hoped this helped ! And good luck

Ruby - posted on 09/27/2012

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My daughter also had a herniated umbilical. So how did they fix your child?



I've been to the drs now at least 15 times in th last month and my daughter is still sick. Im so fustrated

Amy - posted on 09/27/2012

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My 7 year old son has been having same problem for a year. Finally saw GI Dr. When cleanout with miralax didn't work to stop stomach pain. The new xray showed he was not constipated anymore so that could not be readon of his pain. Dr says it could be the Miralax itself! He switched us to a new medicine. Only one day so far but it is getting better so far. I feel so bad b/c we have been giving him Miralax everyday and his stomach has hurt so much over last year. If u look at side effecta of Miralax - stomach cramping/pain is one

Amy - posted on 09/26/2012

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My daughter too is 11 and I took her to a pediatric gi and he put her on zantac three times a day and now 6 months later since it still hasn't went away they just done a enoscope done on her and she has 4 ulcers in the start of her small intestine. waitting on biopsie taken to find out if it is a infection causeing them or maby a allergy of some sort. I am really nervious but can understand all the pain now. I have read everything online about children with ulcers and everything keeps coming back as hardly ever seen in children.

Christina - posted on 09/01/2012

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My son complained of a tummy ache every day throughout Kindergarten. I took him to the pediatrician who didn't find anything "wrong", but referred us to an allergist anyways. Turned out he had a major MILK PROTEIN allergy. Here I was giving him a bowl of cereal WITH MILK every morning and a CUP OF MILK with every meal. I felt so bad after finding this out, as if I was poisoning my own child! Weird thing is... he can eat cheese, have ice cream, yogurt, etc. It's not a "dairy allergy" it's an actual allergy to straight up cow's milk. So I switched to Rice milk and since doing so he's been fine. The allergy test also found sensitivities to raw onions and fresh strawberries. Never had a reaction, but I limit those now just in case. Doesn't hurt to get your child tested even if there aren't any complaints. This way if they do have a sensitivity, you can catch it before it becomes a full blown allergy.

Rosa - posted on 06/17/2012

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so true jacqueline I was a pepsiaholic but after my last pregnancy I can't drink ANY soda and I've had to cut out juice because it gives me the worst cramps and diarrhea. Sugar is horrible

Lorna - posted on 06/17/2012

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Ask your doctor for information on crohns disease , Does she get a lot of pain in her stomache and bowel

Dora - posted on 06/14/2012

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My daughter was saying the same thing. She described it as nausea and bloating. We tried for yrs. to get her tested for Celiac but could not get the Dr.s to test her. We found out it ran on my Dad's side of the family to and his sister and her 4 kids and their kids all have it. Finally we just did the gluten free diet on our own, after getting help from my cousins. Now she is nausea and bloating free! We also had to take out dairy. That goes along with the Celiac. I would INSIST she be checked for Celiac or Gluten intolerance. Just make sure they do the right test for it. You might still want to do the diet. Sometimes it helps even when you get a negative test result. Good luck.

Brandy - posted on 06/12/2012

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My son was going through the same kinds of things for a few months and we tried many different things, the meds did not work. They did a scope of his stomach and didn't really find anything. We took him off of dairy and that helped some, but after the scope took him off of gluten and that did the trick!! He has been great with a gluten free diet! Even his teacher called after 2 weeks and said his behavior and concentrating has improved so much! it has been over 2 months now and he rarely complains unless he eats something he shouldn't. Was wondering if we would ever get any help!

Kelly - posted on 06/12/2012

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If they were period related cramps they would not be occuring all month long, they would only happen before, after or during the period of mentruation, one week at most. Anxiety could be an issue but look at what she may be anxious about, and a pshycotherapist would diagnose that not just a regular family practitioner, they do not always have all the answers. Try also increasing fibre intake if you havent already and lot's of water and include cranberry juice, it may help. If your daughter has began menstruating, it may be worth it too look into cysts, or fibroids, displasia, endometriosis, things of that sort. Otherwise, offer pain relief, until you find out the root cause and do not stop trying, i hope you find relief soon, and answers!

Jessica - posted on 06/11/2012

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My daughter had similar problems at that age. We cut out dairy from her diet. She has been fine since then. It is a hassle at first, but there are a lot of dairy substitutes. My daughter feels so much better. Sometimes she eats pizza with her friends or something and gets sick again, so thankfully she doesn't like to do that too often.

Bohrdom - posted on 06/11/2012

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I had stomach aches for 18months. Found out it was SUGAR. Sugar is enemy No:1 of the digestive systemm! When I cut it out aches were gone within 30hrs!!!
Google 'sugar stomach ache' or 'sugar digestive system'

RITA - posted on 06/11/2012

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My daugther is now 34 yrs.old . She has made many trips to the hospital with awful stomache pain through the years until she went to a naturalist doctor who after yrs. of being told it was all in her head.is now pain free,and knows the causes. This awesome Doctor tested her and found she had horrible food allergies ,medical doctors aren't Gods that don't want to believe anything but their meds will help you ,they are pill pusher .My medical doctor told me to chose which doctor I wanted treating me because the naturalpath was able to help me with my diverticulist ,when all the medical doctor would just keep me on anitbiotics that stopped helping.Go out side the norm and check out these other types of doctors. My daughter has learned how to live pain free now .

Elizabeth - posted on 06/11/2012

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I believe that she is probably backed up ... probably pretty bad!! That will cause a lot of pain...she may need to be looked at further. It shouldn't have anything to do with a period or anxiety. There could also be certain foods that are causing this. Watch what she is eating and be sure to keep on the Dr. about this! She may need another cleanse.

Debbie - posted on 06/11/2012

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It maybe anxiety. If she is easily stressed out or has issues at home or school, this can cause her to be impacted. I suggest having her see a psychologist or school counselor. If she is starting her period, that could be a stomach pain she maybe having a hard time describing.

Patricia - posted on 06/11/2012

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Have you tried home remedies or changes to her diet? My 10 year old has sufferred from constipation since birth. We are more aware of her diet due to this problem. If constipation is the problem a high fiber diet will really help. Processed foods such as frozen dinners, drive thru meals and such contribute to this problem. I also have her drink chamomile tea hot in the winter and cold/sweetened in the summer. It doesn't hurt to get a second opinion from another doctor in case it could be something else.

Monica - posted on 06/11/2012

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I would look into Celiac Disease (where the body can't digest gluten) and other food allergies.

Monica - posted on 06/11/2012

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FYI: Not sure of your insurance (HMO or PPO) but I took my daughter to Children's Memorial. They knew right away what it was! They were GREAT!!

Monica - posted on 06/11/2012

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2 things to think about: 1) Is she getting headaches too? My 14 year old had the same thing but she had a constant, slight headache most of the time & we came to find out that she had a Gluten intolerance. She felt great for awhile until.... 2) Just recently she was having stomach pain & was feeling nausiated alot of the time. As it turns out, she has an Umbilical Hernia (* More info on: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles...) which is very common in children. She has apparently had it since she was a baby but it is just now tearing enough for fatty tissue to come through. The concern would be that if she is definitley nausiated & she is vomitting....get her in!! That could mean that the Instestine is coming through & could cause constipation & many more problems!! Feel around her stomach for any hard lumps...from the rib cage down. My daughters is literally abouve her belly button & feels the size of an enlarged Pea. It may very well NOT be either of these things but, speaking from experience: It is helpful to have a 'Starting Point' that makes sence. Hope she feels better soon. :(

Marcie - posted on 06/11/2012

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Everything that I've been reading sounds like it may be a wheat GLUTEN allergy, did any of the GI doctors test for it? More and more children are being diagnosed with wheat gluten allergy because our bodies can't breakdown the variety if wheat produced in our country and used in our foods... and it's in everything! It's a very common allergy that caused GI issues including reflux and constipation.

Tracy - posted on 06/11/2012

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My son had all the same problems, except he actually vomited every morning for 8 month straight. We went to many doctors and had all kinds of test done, and tried many different RX's before the second GI specialist figured it out. My son has cyclical vomiting syndrom. It's like migrains of the stomach. He was given amitriptyline and with in three days he felt fine, the vomiting stopped, and by the time we went for the recheck he had gained 28 lbs back. Stress and anxiety cause him to have flair ups, because it aggravates the stomach acid. Good luck, hope everything works out for your daughter.

Jeanie - posted on 06/11/2012

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Some kids need digestive enzymes instead of things like zantac and prilosec. They may have food allergies and sensitivities. And they may have yeast overgrowth and need probiotics and anti-yeast meds and/or supplements. My daughter complained of her belly and the doctor had her take antiacids, then started calling it mental and it turned out she had problems with food.

Of course it can be other things. I assume she had a thorough endocrine test as well? Even subtle thyroid issues can cause constipation.

This link has near the bottom, info about food testing. http://itsnotmental.blogspot.com/2011/08...

Anna - posted on 06/11/2012

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You might check out the possibility of a food allergy; some people who have allergies find that their GI tracts are especially susceptible to upset, and they experience symptoms of nausea, aches, and diarrhea, to name a few. I myself had a case of Infectious Colitis not too long ago (we still have no idea what caused the flare up), and have had a "touchy" tummy ever since. GI issues can be caused by a number of things, other than just stress or viruses.

Alicia - posted on 06/11/2012

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Reflux reflux reflux! Try another PIP or more of one she has tried already. What was her dose? Try to tabs twice a day for two weeks. You are mom. Have faith in yourself and fight for what you feel is right. Alicia

Gaynor-Marie - posted on 06/11/2012

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Sounds not unlike the symptoms I had as a child and that my daughter was having. We were both recently diagnosed as celiac. I would insist on the blood test that screens for Celiacs and consult a dietician rule out things such as lactoseor gluten intolerance. In the U.s some doctors still believe celiacs is much rarer than it really is and are reluctant to test for it.
Good luck

Heather - posted on 06/11/2012

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My 11 year old son is the same way. He was born constipated. And has been since. The stomach pains would get so bad he would work himself into a panic attack. He takes miralax daily. He was tested for a lot if things including celiac and even tho we changed his diet nothing worked. The GI doctor finally said just to give him a high fiber diet. That has worked so far. I have ibs and my stomach aches horribly when it flairs up.

Lindsey - posted on 06/11/2012

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may be abdominal migraines. i had these when i started primary school and they were anxiety related.

Kesha - posted on 06/11/2012

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Possibly ... As my daughter has begun saying the same thing but she has not disclosed this to our family doctor on a recent visit. I am beginning to think as my daughter gets older (12) and realizes her period takes some care she does not want to go out during the initial days. Is your daughter a little heavy as this can bring about more discomfort. I just try and use home remedies without medications such as tea and lots of water and this method has worked for my daughter

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