12 year old daughter with IBS

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momofbes
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   Posted 6/21/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
blush  My 12 year old daughter is having some serious stomach issues..last fall she started having vomiting and diarrea about an hour to 2 after meals...this would come every couple weeks and last a day - 2 days.  I took her to dr and they did blood work which showd elevated liver enzymes, then ultrasound on gallbladder (no stones), next was HIDA scan (16% function), we saw a surgeon but then i panicked and decided on 2nd opinion....next we saw pediatric gastro dr and he did upper & lower gi's and both were fine.  this idiot told me not to hog all the anti-depressants for myself (cuz i take zoloft) and get her on some and take away all chocolate, caffeine, breaded food, & fat (yea right)...so we just left it alone to see how she does...it's been 5 months and we are at it again....i've found a new gastro dr i really like and he is currenty giving her meds for ibs ( but hasn't ruled out gallbladder) she has symptoms of both, he ordered new blood work to compare liver enzymes to last year.  she has been on meds for a weeks and 1/2 and skipped a dose fri & sat nite....last nite, she had a very violent vomiting attack....i didn't think vomiting was an ibs symptom.  i don't want to have her gallbladder removed if it's ibs, there isn't a test for ibs tho....i just don't know what to do.  her pain is right above belly button, never over the gallbladder area....it's only diarrea and vomiting...never constipation...once she had severe chills with the attack and was vomiting and had diarrea at same time, she turned as red as a lobster....in my heart i feel like it is the gallbladder....but what can we do with a 12 yr old to keep her symptoms minimal without having surgery....or be sure if it isn't ibs????

shawn12
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   Posted 6/21/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Vomiting is kindof a red flag for IBS, but some people in a lot of pain may cause them to vomit. There is a grey line here, but its not an actual symptom of IBS.
 
You might read this on diagnosing.
 
 
The "severe chills with the attack" can be a nervous system responce.
 
If its IBS there are some things that can really help kids and adults to try.
 
So the new gi doctor has diagnosed IBS?
 
They should be able to tell if its the gallbladder or IBS really.
 
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momofbes
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   Posted 6/21/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply, i will check out that website...our new gastro dr said the vomiting wasn't really a sign that it was ibs, but couldn't rule it out either....he said he will be able to tell more once he gets new lab work back.  i just want to be sure of what it is....her symptoms only come every couple of weeks...and are usually diarrea about 2 hours after a meal....the vomiting isn't that often, it's gotten to where other stuff besides fatty foods bother her, it's so random here lately....we go to the dr tomorrow to find out lab results.

shawn12
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   Posted 6/24/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
let us know the results.

there is also this you might want to read.

Frequent stomachaches in children: a reason for concern?
Miranda Van Tilburg

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/collateral/frequent_stomaches_in_children.pdf
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pelztier86
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   Posted 9/11/2010 2:49 AM (GMT -7)   
please get your daughter tested for gastroparesis/delayed gastric emptying. Vomiting after eating is one sign of this disease but it is very uncommon in IBS.

stepjrn
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   Posted 9/11/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not a doctor, but are there any signs of GERD (acid reflux)? Severe GERD can also cause vomiting sometimes, and many people with IBS have some degree of GERD. Just another possibility to add to the picture, although the gastro MD should be able to pick that up.
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