Dear all parents or doctors
I desperately need your advise. I have never felt so stressful in my life and I can no longer live like this. My used-to-be-happy-and-playful 10-year-old boy is no longer himself since the beginning of this year. He always feels like vomitting, nausea, stomachache.... like all the symptoms of a stomach reflux. He was treated with Nexium 20mg for over 3 months. He could not go to school, and even if he went in the morning, he would call home sick again. He is a hockey player and hockey is his life. He would drop anything for hockey, but he can't even play hockey now because of the pain. All these symptoms have dramatically lowered his quality of life in every way, socially, acedemically, mentally, emotionally, physically,.... you name it!! I took him to the sick kids hosptial numerous times, and we were told he is absolutely fine and everything is normal. I took him for scope test, tonnes of blood tests, allergy test, ultrasound.... they all came back negative. Out of all the doctors that we have seen have concluded he has anxiety and depression related physical pain symptoms (PPS), but I am not convinced at all. I did tho take him for pyschological counselling sessions just in case, and I have continued doing it since. I do not believe this is simply PPS because these pain episodes would kick in even during play time when he was fully engaged and did not have a chance for any anxiety or depression to kick in. If these episodes occurred during boring school time or during something that he didn't enjoy, then I could relate them better. For example, he was invited to a birthday party last week, it all went well until all in a sudden, he had to duck down because of the severe sharp pain that just happend in a snap. The nausea wouldn't go away. His face turned pale and hands were all cold. As a single mother, I have totally run out of resources, and I found the doctors totally not helpful because they simply stated there really isn't anything they could do at this point and just threw me out of the door to psychologist. I see no improvements whatsoever from having all these $160/hour psychological sessions. With all these going on, I actually had to switch job for more flexi time (cuz I never know when I would get a call from school and when I have to go to the hospital again), and I still cannot manage. I myself have developed a depression from this. I just can't handle it anymore seeing my son suffering everyday. What does he have, really?!!! Please help me. May God bless you!!!!