I am looking for anyone who might have information that will help me help my daughter who has been experiencing pain for over 5 weeks. She is 17 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 14 with IBS and esophagus (reflux). She has also had issues over the past 3 years with painful ovarian cysts. Since March, when she had multiple cysts that burst, she was placed on the pill to balance out her hormones. It seem to have helped with the cysts. Currently, she has been experiencing pain in the upper right side of her abdomin around the bottom of the ribs. Over the past 5 weeks we had her pelvic area sonogramed in search of cysts, a CT of her colon (looking for diberticulitis) and her appendics. All of that came back normal. She had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy a week and a half ago. We are still waiting for the results of the biopsies. The doctor said that she did not see any issues except for the fact that her esophagus was red and she might need more than prilosec. The doctor also has her taking benefiber 2 times a day and miralax 1 time a day. Overall, this doctor believes it is just her IBS reacting. We do not feel the same way. My daughter has delt with IBS for 3 years and says this feels differently.
She recently began taking cymbalta to help calm her down emotionally and physically. She has become anxious and somewhat depressed over this situation. She is a senior in high school and has always been very active in school. She is captian of her cheeleading squad and had to miss out on school and her activities. We are desperate to have the pain end.
We have seen a noticible increase in pain when she eats fattier foods, rather than plain white rice and chicken. She is only drinking water right now also. We did try taken gluetin out of her diet for 5 days, but the doctor wanted her to put it back in, I am guessing it was in preparation for her colonoscopy and endoscopy. We did not notice a great change while we did this. The pain begins around 10 minutes after she eats, when she eats other than the rice and chicken. If she eats fatty food it can take her out of commisson for a da and a half. She does not sleep well and burps a lot. She has not had a bowel movement in several days, which is not unusual for her when she is having IBS issues. However, she is taking a lot of fiber and not eating a lot.
I know this was a lot- sorry- any thoughts? Please, we are going to a new doctor on Tuesday who specializes in gallbladders. I just want to be thoughtful and well prepared for when we meet . We need to get to the heart of this soon. She can't continue missing school.
Thank you in advance for any help