16 year old female sick for almost 6 months

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   Posted 5/23/2012 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter was an elite volleyball player, AP student. 
She has missed the last half of school and club volleyball.
All she does now is lay in bed, work online for some class work.
Started with abdominal pain and vomiting blood.  After upper GI, sonograms, blood work and Hydascan it was determined the Gallbladded only functioned at 6 percent.  Feb. Gallbladder was removed.   Continued having abdominal pain, nausea, not feeling well, headache.  After many trips to the ER, it was determined she had a abdominal migraine.  Treated with IV and pain relief for a few days.  Migraines on the edge for about 2 weeks.  Went to school , caught stomach virus.
back down for a week.
Tried- Amitriptyline , reacted to it with seizure like behavior, Lexapro (generic) weak , light headed, seizing in hands and feet
Attended school for a week, caught strep, down a week.   major amoxil and vitamins, Back to school caught stomach virus
taking augmentin and vitamins.
For nausea, taking Zofrain and Promethazine
Feels weak, light headed nausea all the time, trouble sleeping,  throwing up food
Facts Known : No celiac or Crohns disease.

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   Posted 5/23/2012 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
OH also had Brain MRI, nothing showed .

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   Posted 5/29/2012 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey :)
I'm a 17 year old girl, and I wish I had an answer for her.
Has she gotten tested for anything else? Like Lyme Disease, Anemia & other blood tests? I'm not sure what other tests are on that panel.
I've been sick for almost a year, home schooled too. My Neurologist put me on Amitriptyline for migraines and it made me feel depressed, believe it or not, and muscle spasms got worse.
I completely understand how frustrating it can be when all you want is an answer. Six months is too long :/ I'm still looking for my answer too.
Continue going to doctors to rule things out is the best advice I can give. Tell her to hang in there and try to keep your head up, as hard as that may be. Good luck!

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   Posted 5/29/2012 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
We are awaiting blood test results from last week. He thinks once she got back to school she was exposed to Mono. Timing of it all seems right, her migraines are not so bad now. She keeps nausea and has trouble keeping food down. We are living on anti-nausea medicine. You too keep the faith. Good Luck.

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   Posted 5/29/2012 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I had mono two years ago too. That definitely does knock your immune system down and can leave post viral problems.

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   Posted 6/1/2012 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leslie, could it be anxiety now? The reason I say this is that my 16 year old daughter suffers from anxiety and feels sick and sometimes dry gags. She can also gets lighthead and dizzy and she gets an upset stomach. Often this starts with an illness especially a sickness virus. They then fear feeling like that again and feel 'unsafe' and worry about the day ahead and so feel nauseous. It's a vicious cycle and feels very real to them ("I am ill"!). One way to tell is that usually they feel worse on waking and start to feel better as the day goes on. Mine has been school phobic for the last four months and has also been doing her school work at home. She has just managed to go in for a few exams though (put in a separate room) so there is progress!
It's just a thought, good luck with it all, I know you must be very worried about her.
Poppy x

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   Posted 6/12/2012 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Check the side-effects of the meds they are giving her especially P.
Also, do a trial of dairy.
I have a friend whose son missed 3 years of school because he vomited every day and was nauseated. Everyone thought it was psychological. Even Mayo Clinic couldn't help. They spent $$$$$
Finally found a good GP who looked at things holistically.
He diagnosed dairy allergy.
Sure enough, took away the milk and no more nausea, no more vomiting.
He went back to school and graduated.
Don't rely on IgE allergy testing as that is unreliable.
Need to do elimination diet of all dairy -- strict --and read labels.

It's worth a try and who knows but that just might be her issue.
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