We recently moved to Florida from Minnesota. My now 11 year old son (5th grade) has always been healthy. Since moving here he's broken out in hives, been diagnosed w/ asthma, and has tested positive for allergies to certain grass & mold that is highly prevalent in Florida, dogs and hamsters. He's been complaining of horrible pain in his stomach, along the belly button and on his left side. He also fluctuates between constipation & diarrhea. He's had multiple blood work done, undergone an endoscopy & a colonoscopy, had CT scans and some sort of scan that tests the function of his liver & gallbladder. They've found antibodies for Crohn's disease, but yet the colonoscopy came back negative. They tested his stool samples for bacteria, which came back negative, but during the colonoscopy came back positive. He was on a strong antibiotic for 2 weeks, but the pain never got any better. Suddenly the pain went away in November. Now, in the past month, the pain is back. He had horrible diarrhea for about
a week, but since several family members also had it for a day or two, I wasn't too concerned until it continued, so I took him to a general doctor. He thought it may be bacterial and allergy related, so he's on another antibiotic right now. He also told me to put him back on his asthma/allergy meds. I've put him on his asthma inhaler daily, his allergy nasal inhaler daily, and switched from Claritin to Claritin D as of yesterday. (the Claritin D is what has been recommended). I'm hoping that the pain gets under control. I'm more and more convinced that the pain & other symptoms are allergy related. I just don't know what I can do to help it. If anyone else has anything that works, I'd love to hear it. I'm relieved in reading other's symptoms above, knowing that I'm not alone in this. I've felt so helpless.
I should also mention he's tested negative for gluten allergy, but we tried for 2 weeks to be gluten & dairy free just to be certain, but he got worse. We did switch him to lactose free products, however.
Post Edited (bkhast) : 4/22/2010 7:53:22 AM (GMT-6)