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Dr.s think 5 yr old has GI reflux??????

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2007
  • 09:19 PM

My daughter is 5 years old with a history of urinary reflux on the left side, level 2-3, that was diagnosed at age 1 1/2 , treated with ¾ tsp of Furadantin and resolved on it’s own at age 2 1/2 . Until recently she has been generally healthy, with what I would say are normal childhood illnesses. In Sept. 2006 she started having a cough, in Oct. 2006 she had tonsillitis and bronchitis at the same time. On October 30, 2006 she complained of sudden back pain became very pale and started vomiting. We took her to the doctor and she had a CBC, strep test and UA, all were normal. Her health has declined since this episode. The back pain has not gone away, she coughs a lot, especially at night. She complains of stomach aches, nausea, pins & needles in her legs, headaches, itching, pain in bladder area, periodically vomits, and the back pain which varies daily in severity. She has become clumsy, spacey, pale, has dark circles under her eyes. In Nov. 2006 she had the chicken pox. All these symptoms are always there, but vary in intensity on a daily basis, it does seem to be worse in the morning. She has lost endurance and looks generally unwell. On December 31, 2006 she had a severe episode of coughing, began complaining of bad back and bladder pain, she complained of nausea and chest pain and then began vomiting. We took her to the ER and they did a head CT, blood tests (Uric acid, CBC, UA, kidney & liver functions, SED rate), chest and abdominal X-rays and she had an MRI of her mid spine this week and every thing so far has come back okay. The doctors do not know what is wrong. She is scheduled for allergy & pulmonary tests next week and may later see a pediatric GI doctor. She has also seen her ped urologist and he does not think it is kidney related.

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  • My son is 5 and has had reflux since he was born basically. It took them 4 mths (at which time he had asperation pneumonia and the dr at the hospital couldn't make him better from) for them to send him to aped GI dr who (after testing for CF) automatically diagnosed him with reflux. At the time, he hd severe breathing problems, coughed a LOT, especially at night), had sores in his mouth, had nemerous brohncitis etc and a very runny nose. Once he got older (because they told me it would g away by the time he was 12 mths; which as he approached the age, it would always change to fit the age group) he would complain his back hurt. Not so severe, but would complain, his throat would get scratchy and would hurt, the sores still come and go depending on how severe his symptoms are. He will get to sounding like he has something in his lungs too. And his stomach hurts and he will throw up. I d know his symptoms are worse at night an first thing in the morning. If your daughter has had reflux and it was never diagnosed, it could have gotten worse. It does sound like she could have it. I would definitely make sure they rule everything out. But my son had a ph probe and a bronsoscopy and it came back positive for reflux. So they can test her for it and if the test comes back positive then that will sum it up for sure. My son was tested at 7mths to be sure that's what it was. Hope that helps some.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 04:51 AM
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  • Thank you so much for your reply. Did your son ever have the pins & needles sensation or itch a lot?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 08:03 PM
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  • Not that I know of, but by the time he could tell me how he felt, his reflux was mostly under control. He does get pale and his eyes look red but I think it's because of lack of sleep. I will hear him tossing and turning and all at night. I am trying to think if there was anything else when he was a baby that might help you. I would definitely get her tested because that will confirm it. Other than the pins and needles, your daughter sounds a lot like my son.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 05:07 AM
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  • I recently saw a show on Discovery or TLC I believe where an infant had similar symptoms for years and was diagnosed with acid reflux at one point but treatment only gave some mild improvement. The child was constantly getting sick, and was always very nauseous and fatigued. It wasn't until an Immunologist ran some test and discovered and IgE deficiency that the problem was finally found. The child was around 5 years old I believe when the diagnosis was finally made but I'm not sure why it was overlooked for so long. I'm just throwing this out there as I don't know if it's related but it seems worth it to look in to if it hasn't been done already. It's just a non-invasive blood test. Best of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 08:41 PM
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  • I would go to the website of Raymond Francis. He wrote a book called, Never Be Sick Again. Get it and read it front to back. You will find the answer in this book.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 09:40 PM
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