Let me see if I can make a long story semi-short. Back in April/May/June my then 15 yr old daughter got pretty ill. What started as a 'stomach bug' ended in a nightmare. She had a 'bug' for a couple days of throwing up, then seems ok, the following week the 'bug' returned for a few days ... afterward it seemed to go away then the 3rd week the vomiting was so bad she was sick continually -- throwing up everything she ate and at this point she was eating only animal crackers and apple sauce. After her pediatrician tried Zofran (for nausea) with no results we went to a ped. gi dr. He did a wide range of blood tests, stool test, upper and lower GI x-ray. Those were clean and ok. The vomiting continued the weakness got worse so she had an endoscope (throat) and a sig-something to check the lower part of her colon. Those tests were OK. They were just with the idea that "this would pass" and gave her Prilosec. UGH. After a few more days, now like week 5-6 I told them she was really losing weight and not able to get out of bed due to weakness. They admitted her in the hospital, did an NG feeding tube ... and ordered a CT scan. The CT scan was 'normal' except showing a smaller but functioning kidney (unrelated). I felt so frustrated. I mean they found nothing but why was my daughter so ill? She had the feeding tube for about
5 days -- and after it was removed she started to be a little better, over the summer she gained strength and seemed OK. Now, 2 weeks ago, she got a stomach bug, it lasted for a week, she said she felt like she did before (but her younger brother was sick too so I thought it was indeed a bug) -- after a week she seemed to improve but after a few days it came back and came back hard like before. She was throwing up nearly everything she ate, vomiting 5-10 times a day. We went back to the dr on Friday, the gi specialist and they are leaning to IBS. Since all of those test were OK this is what they are looking at. I see vomiting is rare with IBS. The thing is her symptoms are stomach ache, vomiting, feels hot but doesn't run a fever, tho last week it was 99.4, she is NOT nauseas, she doesn't have bowel problems and no cramps, just aches -- she said her sides hurt, like the ribs but could be from the vomiting.
GI dr gave her Prolisec again and an anti depressant (did more blood work and order a snother stool test to be sure) -- we are on day 4 of the meds, no real improvement but to early to say I'm sure. She is missing school, I am extremely worried about her, its so stressful. I don't know if IBS is the 'real' reason she is sick and they said her ibs is worse with stress and since she is now behind in school that is flaring her IBS symptoms. They also want her to seek counseling too. I just feel lost and like I am losing my mind. Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions. I might just lose my mind :(