Need help for my little girl??????

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help4us
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   Posted 2/14/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to anyone who may be reading this. I simply am not sure what to do to help my 7 year old with the trouble she's been having. I will give a quick timeline!!!! 2 or more years ago she started having some headaches, which led to naussea, which led to vomitting,and my doctor put her on a migrane medicine that offered little help. A year ago I had enough and I started insisting she get an answer for what was going on. 4 pediatricians later I found out she had a pronounced astigmatism. Case closed!! Not yet!!! The naussea continued but the headaches almost went away.12-23-06 Appendix ruptured and we had to have immediate sugery for her. Case closed!! Not yet!!! Since she has had severe cramping, naussea, and vomitting. Lately she's even been dizzy and lightheaded. She was refered to a GI specialist and had an endoscopy. No major findings. Prior to that she had an upper gi and found out she has GERD. Can GERD make it hurt around the bellybutton in almost a circular motion??? I'm waiting to go to a nuclear medicine test but so far I feel like my kid is getting worse. She's taking prevacid and there isn't much that comforts her. She likes to be glued right to my side and I feel like I'm being smothered. Does anyone know what to do to offer her comfort?Thanks in advance!! help4us

debaser
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   Posted 2/15/2007 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hm. I can't know for sure but I wouldn't think GERD would cause discomfort around the bellybutton. Isn't the stomach higher than that? I hope your daughter feels better soon. It's not fair for children to suffer.

Tummytuck
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   Posted 2/15/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
help4us,

I am so sorry to hear this. I have a 6 year old son and it would kill me if he were sick and I couldn't help. What I am learning about GERD is that it can cause ALL sorts of problems. Sometimes the meds such as Prevacid can cause the stomach pain - 40 mgs of Nexium REALLY hurt my stomach. Please keep us informed and in the meantime, I will say a prayer or two for her.

Tummytuck

help4us
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   Posted 2/15/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to both of the responses I got!!!! I don't have GERD and I just wondered how it feels to have an episode. I don't know what she is going through. I even have people and family who believe she is faking to get attention!!! I don't believe this as she is sick even on the fun days!!!:) I am not sleeping at night as she is up and usually in need of my attention. She is grumpy and tired all of the time. This has been life changing for our whole family. She is the oldest of 3 children and I can't build everyone's life around her all the time. Very frustrating. Thanks again, help4us

debaser
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   Posted 2/15/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
If the doctor thinks she has GERD, people shouldn't accuse her of faking. It can get pretty uncomfortable and can even make people sick.

The good thing about this is that she sounds like she's getting a thorough evaluation. If it's just GERD perhaps she'll grow out of it? Your body changes so quickly at that age...hopefully it will correct itself.

sillylilly
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   Posted 2/15/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My heart goes out to your daughter...my grandon also has GERD at 8 mo, so I understand your frustrations...it's just awful when children get sick.

I have severe GERD and I've never experienced the symptoms you mention but GERD can have a range of symptoms, mild to severe. It wouldn't be the right location at the bellybutton. My thought is that if the Prevacid is not helping, it's possible that it's something else and it was misdiagnosed since the endoscopy didn't show anything. Also, another thought that sounds wierd but it happens sometimes, is that the cramping and nausea started after the appendectomy. She had nausea before, but that was probably the appendix inflamation before it ruptured. But now after the surgery, she has cramping, nausea and vomiting correct. Well, what I'm getting at is that sometimes doctors have been known to leave a sponge or gauze inside after surgeries, which could account for the symptoms.
I mention this, because it happened to an aunt of mine...the doctor left a sponge inside her after surgery and she got sick and nauseous from it.

This is probably not what it is but I mentioned it because of my aunt. Another possibility is that some of these symptoms can be caused by emotions. We often underestimate the power that our mind and feelings have over our bodies. Stress can shut down many of our bodies systems, causing cramping, headaches, dizziness, nausea etc. and it's the last thing we think of. I know that stress stopped my periods for 3 months one time and 15 months another time. There was nothing physically wrong with me...the stress just shut down my endometrial system.

I truly hope you find the answer soon for both your sakes...my prayers are with you.

help4us
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   Posted 2/15/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it was very sweet of you to get back with me again!!!!! I have always had trouble with her , even as an infant. She was very unhappy as a baby and only enjoyed eating. As a first time nursing mother, I did the most logical thing. I fed her a lot!!!! She would spit up all the time. The Dr. said she had reflux but I believed that she was just overfed. 7 years later she had a barium xray and I saw myself the fluid coming back up the esophogus. Keep in mind, she has still never complained of this. She is often saying she either has thrown up or is going to throw up. She still doesn't know when she has had enough to eat. I have to cut her off when I think she's had enough. I am going to take her tomarrow for a RASH test. Some sort of blood test to rule out some allergies. I am willing to do whatever I can to make her feel better. When she was born we had a dog. (siberian husky with lots of shedding fur) We still have the dog but she is 14 now. When she was 3, Santa brought her a guinnea pig (we keep it in her room) In November we got a puppy for her Birthday. She has been sick all along but just recently it has been really bad. Vommiting 3-5 times a day,dry heaving about 10 times, complaining about 20 times a day of pain. These are real averages and not estimations!!!!!! Is it too far fetched to think she may be allergic to something she is eating or breathing?? She is always blowing her nose, ear infections, red eyes, and pale skin.  Wouldn't it be something if she has had like a post nasal drip causing some or all of this!! Anyone think I'm crazy or is it possible. Thanks Again, help4us

sillylilly
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   Posted 2/15/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My grandson also had the test and his mother saw the fluid coming up into the esophagus...they put him on Zantac and he seems to be better for now.

Her symptoms do sound like someone I know who vomited alot with GERD...but the nose, ear infections, etc. sound like allergy...it would be great if it was an allergy and then you could eliminate whatever is causing this.

Bless her little heart..I hope she gets better soon.
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