Anxiety and my son - from vintageCPfanatic

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   Posted 9/30/2008 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
(Hi vintageCPfanatic I put this in a post just for you so more people could read and give you advice. I hope this is okay with you.)
I've been searching the internet for weeks trying to find an answer.  This web site is the closest thing I've found.
I have a 15 yr old son.  He's always eaten breakfast in the morning and about a year ago he said he couldn't stomach breakfast anymore.  After a few months that changed to nausea in the morning and occassionally he said he would vomit in the morning. 
Then summer came and he slept in until about 11am to noon everyday and he would feel fine.  Sometime he would wake up early because the dogs would bark and he would have the nauseas feeling.  If I took the day off work and we would wake up early to go do something fun, he would be nauseas until around midday.
Then school started and it got much worse.  He's had serious nausea and dry heaving to the point of vomiting blood once because he was retching so violently.  I've taken him to a gastroenterologist and so far all his blood work has come up negative, he is not lactose intolerant, his endoscopy was normal (including biopsies).   
Next he's scheduled for an ultrasound on his kidney's and gall bladder. 
He does have proteinuria and is taking lisinopril for this but no signs of kidney disease.  He's stopped the lisinopril until we can get this under control.  He's missed a lot of time at school but it's all been excused because he's seeing doctors.
Of course we've considered anxiety but would he have anxiety even on days he was getting up early to do something fun he loves to do????
He's incredibly bright with a superior IQ but he is dyslexic.  He's had 3 years of the Wilson Reading program and it's made incredible improvements in his reading ability.  He still spells horribly but it doesn't really matter.  His IOWA test rate him at college level even though he was only in 8th grade when he was tested.  He's incredibly bright, sensible and mature for his age but very quiet and restrained.  
He's in honors and advanced classes by his choice and he plans to go onto college.  He had all his classes planned out for high school.  He's a really great kid!  But I'm sick from the misery he's experiencing about every morning.
He's been on Prevacid for a couple of weeks and it helps a little bit but not much.  It makes the difference between retching uncontrollably and major nausea.
Any help anyone can give me would be appreciated.

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   Posted 9/30/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi VintageCPfanatic,

Welcome to HW. I'm really not sure about this to be honest. I am glad you are getting all the physical tests done but maybe you should take him to someone who can assess his anxiety? Although you don't mention it in your post I guess you must think anxiety is involved to be asking. I am so sorry that he is going through so much misery at such a young age. That said, teenagers can be difficult!! Have you sat down with him and really talked about the nausea? It may be that something is going on in his life he hasn't shared with you.

I hope that you get some resolution for this. I'm sure other members will be along soon to give advice. (the ones with teenagers!!). Hang in there,



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   Posted 10/1/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't think it was anxiety but so far the postings here are the closest I've found to symptoms he's having. 

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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell.  This is Kitt.  I am so sorry your son is going through this rough time.  I guess I would seek out a second opinion re the possible cause being  a medical problem.

If you end up with everything normal,  I would then talk to his PCP about anxiety and perhaps get him into some therapy.

Anxiety can present with just about any sx and yes nausea is one but I am not sure if he has anxiety. confused

I like the idea of Megs, talk to him and see if you can find out if anything has changed that he is holding in.

You are so obviously a loving and suppotive Mom.  Your advocating for your son is admirable.

Know we are all here for you so please keep posting.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

I talked to him today about whether he feels stressed or anxious.  He insists that he doesn't.  He says even when he got up early in the summer he had the nausea.

A little more background.  He's a really good kid and smart too!  He was diagnosed in 4th grade with dyslexia.  (not by the school system though.  they wouldn't even use the 'D' word)  I had took the same tests the school gave him to a psychologist and got a independant evaluation.  She did some additional tests and said that he definately was dyslexic.  And like most dyslexics he has a very high IQ; in the superior range. 

I got him multi-sensory phonetic training thru the private Catholic school he attended for 3 years and he has made drastic improvement in school since then. 

The only IOWA test that he took in 8th grade that did not achieve college level was (of course) spelling.  He can't spell worth crap and he knows it. 

He can read just great now and his comprehension and retention is also excellent.  His memory is leaps and bounds better than mine.  He's very visual in his learning style which is another trait of dyslexia. 

I'm wondering if someone can be stressed and having serious symptoms like his and not even know it?

Also, before anyone chimes in about how dyslexia is about 'people seeing words upside down and backwords and jumbled', that a very primitive view of dyslexia.  It goes much deeper than that. 





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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
My Cait is very intellectual and in the honors at school
Always helping others in need especially her friends
THIS puts a great deal of strian on her and it comes home with her
I had to have her see a Pdoc she insisted she was not stressed but I know the SX al too well and it was starting to come between us
I am so glad you talked to your son
Communication is the key IMHO

My Cait is on AD's now and is doing tons better

I wish you all the best
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   Posted 10/1/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm so glad you had a chat with your son. He sounds like a great person. Sometimes at his age it is difficut to identify stress/anxiety. If all his physical tests continue to come up clear (and I really hope they do) then you will need to investigate with a pdoc. As Lyn pointed out, you are not alone in this. It is really common. I know you will get throught this and figure it out. Teenagers!!!


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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there, I'm was sitting here reading some of the post. I'm glad you talked to your son. And, like Meg said it is hard to identify stress/anxiety in teenagers. They handle things different then us "grown ups". I will keep you and your son in my prayers and I hope that everything comes out great. God Bless you and yours.

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