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mesenteric adenitis

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  • Posted By: ldenham
  • October 14, 2006
  • 01:20 AM

My 16 year old son has been having on and off again stomach pains for the past two months. He spent 8 weeks in the mountains of Utah and got quite sick the last few weeks (diarrhea and vomiting). It seems like every two to three weeks he's either constipated, vomiting and has diarrhea with stomach pain. These past few days he had all this with intense pain in his lower right quadrant of his abdomen. We thought appendicitis, but after a CT they said mesenteric adentis (inflamed lymph nodes of stomach). I'm concerned there's something more since it's been going on for a while. Wondering if anyone has had similar symptoms and if you had a different diagnosis.

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  • My son is only 11 yrs. of age and has missed 26+ of school because of the pain and discomfort. I am very fustrated and wish it would all go away.Now that we finnally got an appt. to see a G.I. dr. I can find out what to do to cure him or make his life a little more comfortable so he does not stay back. Good Luck to any one with a child suffering with thsi illness and god help us! Signed, Praying for an answer.
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    • January 17, 2007
    • 04:39 PM
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  • My 19 year old son was diagnosed with Mesentric Adenitis.He is in very severe pain all the time,He can't eat.he can't set up for more than 5-10 minutes at a time.I'm very concerned about this Diagnosis.The E.R.Doctor's just simply say it is a infection from a virus and it last for about 2 weeks,They give him a IV of 0.9% of Sodium Chloride with 10mg. Naluphine "Pain Medication" done some blood work and X-Ray's And said for us to just follow up with our family doctor.Sent him home with a prescription of 5mg.Percoset for pain and phenegran for nausea.It don't even help.We need a solution.We need to get more information on this Diagnosis,from what i have found on the internet there could be some serious underlying issues and sometimes Mesentric Adentisis is misdiagnosed,As a parent I'm very concerned for my son.If there is anyone out there that has been Diagnosed With Mesentric Adenitis please reply.mullins963@yahoo.com We dont know what to do.the Dr's at our local hospital just say it is a simple infection of the intestines that cause major pain for about 2 weeks until the Digestive system cleans itself.That just don't make any sense to me,If anyone has any information Please Reply!
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  • I am 23 years old and can now for the first time assuredly say I am rid of this issue. I was traveling through Asia and Africa in the Spring of 2007 when I had my first episode with M.A. and it has been 5 months since my last episode. Do not believe the doctors when they tell you it will be gone in 2 weeks. I have been to several G.I. specialists and they all know very little about the causes and factors that contribute to this problem. All you can do is ease the pain and get better at sensing when a episode is going to take place so you can take pain medication before hand. High milligram dosage of codeine mixed with three tylenol p.m. worked best for me for the most episodes. Some episodes are not entirely severe but others are extremely extremely painful, so I urge parents or loved ones reading this to be sensitive to the level of discomfort of the patient. Some episodes left me completely immobilized and in intense agony for over 36 hours or even worse hospitalization and morphine. My advice to anyone with this is to bear through it... it does eventually pass with time and there are very few cases with permanent damage or long term implications. The episodes are fewer and far between with time and it will eventually subside. The worst part is the pain, but your body can fight and win this issue on its own... and will eventually do just that. I am sorry for anyone going through this and know that it will go away with little to no lasting or residual effects.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 22, 2008
    • 11:48 PM
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  • When I was 18 and in the Marines, I had a sudden onset of acute, severe, gut-wrenching pain and nausea, and went to the ER. The military doctors there did an ultrasound, and pelvic exams, and insisted that I either had a tubal pregnancy (I hadn't had sex in 6 months at the time), or possibly an ovarian cyst that wasn't showing up on the ultrasound. 9 hours, 11 more pelvic exams and 9 rectal exams later, they decided to do an exploratory surgery. When they got in there, they found out I had mesenteric adenitis and removed the offending node. If I can help one person by telling this humiliating story, it was worth it. The pain was absolutely paralyzing, and the exams and implications that I'd been cheating on my overseas husband were beyond humiliating.
    kriscerz 1 Replies
    • February 2, 2009
    • 04:54 AM
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  • I am 17 and I am very surprised to know that other people have what I think that I myself have, Mesenteric Adenitis. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how long it took them to fully recover? Because I have been sick for about the last 3-4 months and have missed a ton of school and I still don't feel better. Back in December I had diarrhea and vomiting for about a night and I never felt the same after that, my stomach and body was always off. Then when I went back to school and I caught a bad cold that took me out of school for about a week. Then in February I felt very nauseous one day at school and I was getting dry heaves and I thought I was going to throw up but I didn't and still haven't since December. I then would have stomach pains and I wouldn't eat or really drink anything because when I did my belly would hurt more until I went to the ER and they gave me 2 litters of IV Fluids. And I have lost about a total of 20 or so pounds.The people at the ER thought that I could of had some stomach acid just coming up from my stomach, but the pain and stuff was still going on. So I went to a GI Specialist recently and have come to the conclusion that I could have Mesenteric Adenitis. The doctor gave me some strong anti-biotics just to make sure that it would kill any bad bacteria and then if that didn't work, then it would mean that it is something viral. And I am done today with the anti-biotics and I still feel the same.So to be honest I have been feeling like I am never going to get better because this has been going on for so long. But can anybody tell me if you can recover from this?Also, I have had the absolute deepest and loudest burps. Has anyone had this too? Thank you to anyone who can reply to this.
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  • My 19 year old son was diagnosed with Mesentric Adenitis.He is in very severe pain all the time,He can't eat.he can't set up for more than 5-10 minutes at a time.I'm very concerned about this Diagnosis.The E.R.Doctor's just simply say it is a infection from a virus and it last for about 2 weeks,They give him a IV of 0.9% of Sodium Chloride with 10mg. Naluphine "Pain Medication" done some blood work and X-Ray's And said for us to just follow up with our family doctor.Sent him home with a prescription of 5mg.Percoset for pain and phenegran for nausea.It don't even help.We need a solution.We need to get more information on this Diagnosis,from what i have found on the internet there could be some serious underlying issues and sometimes Mesentric Adentisis is misdiagnosed,As a parent I'm very concerned for my son.If there is anyone out there that has been Diagnosed With Mesentric Adenitis please reply.mullins963@yahoo.com We dont know what to do.the Dr's at our local hospital just say it is a simple infection of the intestines that cause major pain for about 2 weeks until the Digestive system cleans itself.That just don't make any sense to me,If anyone has any information Please Reply!I am 21 years old, and after several tests and numerous dr. visits I found that I have MA. Like some have already pointed out, the doctors seem to know very little about it. In fact, I have found out more online than I did from the specialist. The symptoms started eight months ago, and I still have "episodes." It's not as often as it used to be. I still do not know what causes the symptoms - they still seem so random. In any case, I have not had any pain for the past 10 days; however, just two weeks ago, I woke up 3 nights in a row with the pain. I really don't know what to do.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2009
    • 00:31 AM
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  • I am 21 years old, and after several tests and numerous dr. visits I found that I have MA. Like some have already pointed out, the doctors seem to know very little about it. In fact, I have found out more online than I did from the specialist. The symptoms started eight months ago, and I still have "episodes." It's not as often as it used to be. I still do not know what causes the symptoms - they still seem so random. In any case, I have not had any pain for the past 10 days; however, just two weeks ago, I woke up 3 nights in a row with the pain. I really don't know what to do.My 11 y.o. son was dx with MA six weeks ago. He has not been able to attend school or participate in any of the activities that he enjoys. He is under the care of a pediatrician and a surgeon, and like you, I found out more online than they appeared to know. His pain appears to have gotten worse in the last 48 hrs. and I have scheduled an appt. with a pediatric gastroenterologist. His "episodes" appear random but this last one has been pretty consistent pain. How do you relieve the pain? I have been giving him ibuprofin but it doesn't seem to help. The dr does not want to give him anything stronger because he is afraid that it will mask other symptoms. He has had three CT scans with no changes in the size of the lymph nodes. I read on another site that someone had been treated with low dose steroids and that seemed to work. Have you ever heard of this as a treatment?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2009
    • 02:14 AM
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  • Well I am new at this, my son is only 5 and for the last several weeks has been experiencing extreme stomach pain and has had to be picked up from school. Now to back-track, he has been diagnosed with ADHD, and on medicine for that, which suppresses his appetite. He refuses to eat breakfast or lunch. We have had to put him on Boost drinks to ensure that he is receiving his nutrients. The lack of eating in turn has caused low blood sugar levels. So they have been monitoring his sugar levels and trying to get him to eat. So then he started complaining of stomach pains, which they instantly attributed to the low blood sugar. Until his readings were coming back within normal range. So now they have started other testing, which has resulted in a preliminary diagnosis or MA. However, they did not order a CT, rather an XRay, not sure really why. But now I am a little worried, that this may not go away as quickly as they anticipated. They want to start him on antibiotics. Anyone have any advise for this mix of symptoms?
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    • December 12, 2009
    • 02:17 AM
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  • As a child of 11 I myself suffered MA, this was not diagnosed for 4 months and I suffered immense pain some times for several hours at a time, waking up in cold sweats and fever like symptoms and the only pain relief we had was disprin 40 years ago, I was finally admitted to hospital and was scheduled for an appendectomy, another doctor put his finger up my **m and said it was MA and they gave me a shot of something in my **m and within 24 hours was all better and never had a relapse again. I do not know what drug they gave me but it worked almost straight away for the pain went away. If they had this available 40 years ago it should be still available nowHope he gets well soonMarcus (New Zealand)
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  • I am a 19 yr old female who was diagnosed almost 3 weeks ago with M.A. It began about two weeks prior with pains in the middle of my stomach and slight loss of appetitie. I thought it was stress but after those two weeks and all i should've been stressed about was over the pain moved into the lower right quadrant and it was intense. I felt sick all the time, had slight headaches, and either couldn't eat at all or very little. I began to do research and diagnosed myself as having appendicitis. After being sent home from work 5 days later I was instructed to go to the dr or hospital. I didn't want to do neither because I had no insurance coverage. I waited a day and spent the next one at three different doctors offices. After doing blood work and a ct scan they diagnosed me with M.A. I took vicodin (or hydrocodone) for the pain for a few days. I still have it. I know it's there and I occasionally have "episodes". My doctor called me today at work saying she needed me to come back in for a followup and possibly more test because they think there is more to it. All I can say is I wish it would go away. I feel fine most times but getting ready to go on vacation knowing there may be something more wrong scares me.
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  • My 15 year old son was just released from the hospital, please, if you have ma try not to take narcotics as th ey slow down the gi tract and can make symptoms worse in the long run. My son was given an IV infusion for two days, and toridol, every 6 hours, which is an anti inflammatory like motrin. IT WORKED. I. have been told to give him 600 miligrams of mot rin (make sure you ask your Dr. For your child's correct dosage ) at the first sign of pain. His fever was 10 5 2 days ago,and his pain was excruciating ,and is now almost normal. Hope this helps. Also, don't let Dr blow you off, if you feel your child needs hospitalization, insist on it. This is very painful, and while it isn't life and death. There is no need to suffer, you can't keep dehydration away, and iv hydration us necessary. Also I highly recommend taking super acidopholis, which will help keep the digestive track in balance so you don't end up with a bacterial imbalace as well. ( heck, as far as I know, becteria, could be the cause to begin with, since this acts a lot like c-difficile. Good luck and post back if it helps.Rebecca
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  • My nine year old twin daughter had this for 8 months 2 years ago the pediatrician did nothing but give pediatric fiber junk which only made it worse every day she was in pain. She lost weight and became pale. Took her to er in other town found out it was ma got antibiotics and it went away just like that! Demand antibiotics. They dont get overused and cause superbugs like the dr fears. Antibiotic soaps cause super bugs r.n mom of 8
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    • December 20, 2010
    • 05:08 AM
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  • Hi, I am 46 years old and have been dianosed with Mesenteric Adenitis. This is so vague so I did a lot of research on it. One of my doctors said it is a viral infection and will go away on its own. If you continue eating and drinking the same thing, then how will it go away on its own. Something triggered it. So the doc thought it was my gallbladder. All of my tests were negative. Blood tests were good. Then my other doctor said I might be allergic to gluten(consists of wheat, barley, rye, and oats) or have Celiac Disease. I got tested for Celiac, but was negative. As I changed my diet and stopped eating even a trace of wheat, I noticed I started getting better. No more nausea and the pain eased up. It has been 1 month since I changed my diet, and it has made a big difference. I am not one to take medications for symptoms. I want to get rid of the problem instead. I hope as I make this change that the inflammation will cease to exist. I'm still waiting on my gluten intolerant test results.
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  • My 16 year old son has been having on and off again stomach pains for the past two months. He spent 8 weeks in the mountains of Utah and got quite sick the last few weeks (diarrhea and vomiting). It seems like every two to three weeks he's either constipated, vomiting and has diarrhea with stomach pain. These past few days he had all this with intense pain in his lower right quadrant of his abdomen. We thought appendicitis, but after a CT they said mesenteric adentis (inflamed lymph nodes of stomach). I'm concerned there's something more since it's been going on for a while. Wondering if anyone has had similar symptoms and if you had a different diagnosis.Hi I was wondering if you ever figured out what was wrong I have been having the same issues which I thought was appendicitis but they told me it was this limph node thing and mine has been ongoing for over a month also
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  • My 15 year old son was just released from the hospital, please, if you have ma try not to take narcotics as th ey slow down the gi tract and can make symptoms worse in the long run. RebeccaRebecca - Thank you so much for your words of encouragment. We are on the 5th week, 6th rx, 8th test and finally some type of diagnose from the GI specialist. She called at 4:59pm this evening and said our 15 year old son has M.A. and we will talk on about solutions (possible hosptialization) at his appt on Monday; today is Thursday. Needless to say, after my husband updated me on their conversation and I tried to call her back - she had left for the day. After my 3 1/2 hours of research on the internet and reading through these posts - yours is the one that has given me the encouragement and support I need. We are calling the Dr first thing in the morning and insist they admit him tomorrow. I have printed your specifics and will be following up with his Dr. We want our son to quit hurting so bad his life has been at a stand still for 5 weeks, quit missing school, get back to his love of playing basketball and quit walking slumpped over because of the pain.I know I will never have the opportunity to say *Thank you* face to face but please know the time you took to post this information about your son was extremely helpful to another very concerned mother.Hope your son is still going well and Thank you.
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  • My 18 year old son had rectal bleeding in Feb., 2010. In March a colonoscopy showed hemorroids. April, he presented with intense right lower quadrant pain. He had a blocked bowel and had emergency surgery. August 2010, he had another right lower quadrant attack. To make a LONG story short he has now been hospitalized 13 times since. With his attacks, he always has pain, vomits, and gets constipated. The pain lasts from 3 to 10 days. Dilaudid is the only drug that helps his pain. We have switched family doctors, seen different GI doctors and surgeons, and no one can find an answer to his attacks. We have been to the Mayo clinic. He has been labeled a "drug seeker" and as having "psychsomatic pain". A psychologist determined he is not a drug seeker and a recent CAT scan can eliminate the psychosomatic pain label. He has had 9 CAT scans. The first one showed a blocked bowel, a couple of others showed "enlarged loops of small bowel", and the rest were negative. Thank goodness a doctor who has never treated my son insisted on another abdominal CAT scan even though I was told to tell them "No". This latest CAT scan showed "enlarged abdominal lymph nodes". This can be from an infection to lymphoma. We do not have a diagnosis yet but I was told the surgeon thought it was mesenteric adenitis. I am going to insist on a CT guided ultrasound biopsy on the enlarged node. I want them to rule out lymphoma. I will keep you posted if he gets a diagnosis but I was glad to read your stories. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Hi, I am 46 years old and have been dianosed with Mesenteric Adenitis. This is so vague so I did a lot of research on it. One of my doctors said it is a viral infection and will go away on its own. If you continue eating and drinking the same thing, then how will it go away on its own. Something triggered it. So the doc thought it was my gallbladder. All of my tests were negative. Blood tests were good. Then my other doctor said I might be allergic to gluten(consists of wheat, barley, rye, and oats) or have Celiac Disease. I got tested for Celiac, but was negative. As I changed my diet and stopped eating even a trace of wheat, I noticed I started getting better. No more nausea and the pain eased up. It has been 1 month since I changed my diet, and it has made a big difference. I am not one to take medications for symptoms. I want to get rid of the problem instead. I hope as I make this change that the inflammation will cease to exist. I'm still waiting on my gluten intolerant test results.My daughter was 9 when she was diagnosed in Jan 2010 with MA. Went to our little rural clinic several days in a row with abd pain, and was told to go to ER as it might be appendicitis. After about 8 hours in ER, including a CT, we were given the diagnosis of MA and told that it was a viral infection and nothing can be given and that it lasts about 3 months to run its course. Was not happy with the treament so saw Pedi GI Specialist #1. He did a huge amount of blood and stool tests (Celiac, IBS, Crohns, and others) and all came back negative. Then a Lower and Upper GI was done (on a 9 year old girl!) with no significant findings. Next comes Pedi GI Specialist #2. This one was even worse! No testing at all, just 5 minute look over and then sent on way. We drove 6 hours each way to see this doc for almost a year! He diagnosed her with IBS and gave her a nerve receptor blocker to take. We were still going to ER about every 2-3 months with the severe pain. Every time she was told that her intestines and colon were totally blocked up and to see to her specialist (who never returned calls after ER Visits). After 10 months, they put my 9 year old daughter on a daily laxative and a colon cleaning after each ER Visit. Even with this see was having attacks every 2-3 months. Went back to my rural doc for the crud and told her about our frustration (may 2011). Her sister as IBS with constipation (same diagnosis she was finally given after MA) and was on a Gluten Free diet. We have been doing our best to keep her on the diet (the schools are definately not helping!) and have not been to ER with abd pain since May! YEA!! I am sure that the initial viral infection did something to tear up her intestines and we are looking into a Functional Medicine doctor (specialist #3) to help determine if there is something we can do to reverse the damage, if there is any. Hope this helps!
    momoftriplets 1 Replies
    • September 24, 2011
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  • my son is 6 and has just been diagnosed with MA. Doctor has said it will go away. Is there anything i can do to help with this pain apart from pamol?? what has worked for your children?? Thanks
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  • My 3 yr old was just diagnosed w/Mesenteric-adenitis about 2 weeks ago. Since that time she has been in & out of the hospital 3 times. They have done numerous ultrasounds as well as x-rays. She is so exhausted w/the excruciating pain in her stomach, not enough sleep & lack of appetite. We don't want a ct scan done b/c of the high volumes of radiation. I absolutely hate seeing my baby in this much pain she's miserable. The dr told us that steriods could be use to help shrink her lymph nodes back to size but that would be ******n her little body. She was prescribed Levsin & over the counter Ibruprofen but as of now it doesn't seem 2 help much. I don't want to have to take her back to the ER to get another IV for dehydration. Please if you have any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated!
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  • I have had a severe pain in my right side that radiates from the front to the back under neath my ribcage and above my waist for three years, since i was 18. I was told at first it was my gallbladder, then two years later was told it was mesenteric adenitis. That was a year ago. I have had this pain for THREE YEARS and every day it hurts so bad i can barely function. I can't shower on my own, walk around the store, clean my house, dance, or play with my child. The pain has gotten especially bad the last four months to where it wakes me up in the middle of the night. I do not have vommitting or diarrhea associated with this pain. I do get nauseous a little bit, but food doesn't seem to make it worse as much as movement. I really don't think i was rightfully diagnosed. I have been to the hospital several times and each time i get a different diagnoses, one doctor even gave me a list of things it could be "chrons disease, auto immune, IBS, ovarian cysts" so on and so forth. I'm lost.
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