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21 yo male abdominal pain

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  • Posted By: nenelo
  • March 17, 2009
  • 01:44 PM

My 21 yo son had food poisoning last year around this time, was hospitalized for 4 days and seemingly better when released. He recently told me that he never really got totally back to normal, ie. he is still having abdominal cramping that is sometimes very painful and can't eat spicy foods or greasy type foods. He has lost about ten pounds and really could not afford to lose that, as he is already very thin. He lives in a different state than I and doesn't have health insurance. What could it possibly be? Could it be a lingering symptom of the food poisoning? I'm really scared as he is sooo young and having all these problems. BTW he had an appendectomy in 2004.

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  • Food poisoning is caused by virus, bacteria or parasites which may have not completely cleared his system. Your son needs to see a doctor as soon as possible. There are doctors that provide assistance on a sliding scale. There could be long-term problems from the food poisoning which may be causing his current condition. I would not wait.It is not my wish to scare you, but read the following article and decide for yourself.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,324529,00.html
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  • Beth56, Thanks for your reply. I made my son the first available appointment on April 3rd to have a complete physical. I told him that if his symptoms got worse to go straight to the ER. Thanks for the link you sent on food poisoning, I really do believe either he didn't completely get rid of it or it is the lasting effect of it.
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