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My daughter's illness

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  • Posted By: AM1234
  • February 24, 2009
  • 04:11 PM

My daughter has had a very difficult year. She is fifteen years old, and her stomach trouble started after a bad cold last March. She suffers from nausea constantly and burning stomach pain . She has never vomited however, and I suspect that she has a high tolerance for it, as I have family members who are the same. Her appetite is fine as well, but she cannot eat first thing in the morning, as this upsets her stomach. Standing up for awhile makes her sick. She says it feels like her stomach is "falling". There is also heartburn, and headache. She feels sick when she wakes up, but it gets worse about twenty minutes after she gets up in the morning. She is getting ready for school and the stomach trouble hits, and she has to sit down. As a result, she has missed alot of school this past year. Her pain is mainly localized to just above her navel, and the attacks get much worse after she has a cold. I find that even when the cold has gone, it still takes about a week to ten days for her to feel well enough to go to school. She is never totally well, however, having bad days, and better days, no good days. The better days are when she can get to school. My daughter is very upset about this whole business. It has caused her to miss out on her social life, her schoolwork, and the things she loves to do, especially music and art. It affects her sleep greatly. She knows she has to go to school and has no complaints in the morning about getting up and getting ready. She wants to go to school. This morning she was up, dressed, looking happy, and then the trouble hit, as usual. She has had a barium swallow, and it was normal. An endoscopy was fine as well. She says she hates her stomach. Her doctors have prescribed antacids and motility drugs so far. She takes Nexium before bedtime and domperidone before every meal.The one specialist suspects she suffers from gastroparesis, and that she also has a weakened cardiac sphincter. Interestingly enough, one of her older brothers started with the same symptoms at the same age but he has always suffered "silently", saying he can handle it.

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