My son is 12. In the past six weeks he became quite ill---they thought he might have appendicitis although the symptoms had lasted for almost a week. After the US and then the CT scan, they decided he did not have it and sent us home from the emergency department.
Here's the thing: they did find irritation at the site where the small intestine beends and the large intestine begins. We were told to go and see his ped which we did. I reminded his doc that I have ankylosing spondylitis and that he is B27 positive (a gene marker for AS in people who have it). His ped ordered an arthritis panel. My son has had various aches and pains---the ones that remind me of what I've had.
My son had that panel over a year ago. I knew the rheumatoid factor would come back negative---it had before and it tends to in people that have AS. In addition, the ANA was negative as was the test that looks for gluten intolerance. It took me several days to trach his doc down and nothing else was said. I wonder if, because my son also has anxiety problems, his doc might be thinking IBS?
Anyway, is it possible for the symptoms to come and go? My son is feeling great at the moment.
I didn't think IBS showed irritation of any kind---esp on a CT scan---is that true? Am I being an over-concerned mother when I think he should see a GI doc?