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12 year old son often sick

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  • Posted By: alhonea
  • January 24, 2008
  • 05:05 PM

I've spent many hours in the er and dr office with my son. He has headaches, muscle aches and stomach pain all the time. The only answer I can get is constipation. I've cleaned him out many times but his pain is still with him. I feel like there is more to his symptoms but do not know what to do.

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  • How do they diagnose the constipation? With an xray? What kind of GI tests has he had? Since he's 12, go over all the suggestions here and see if you can target something. Also, has he had his eyes checked for the headaches and a CT of the head for ditto?Drink more fluids. Drinking enough water and other liquids helps keep stools soft so they can move more easily through the intestines. When you don't drink enough, the stool can get hard and dry, and you might get stopped up.Eat more fiber. Foods that are high in fiber, like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain bread, can help prevent constipation. Fiber can't be digested, so it helps clean out the intestines by moving the bowels along, while a diet full of fatty, sugary, or starchy foods can slow the bowels down. Try getting more fiber in your diet by eating apples, oatmeal, oranges, bananas, baked potatoes, and popcorn.Make sure you get enough exercise. Physical activity helps move food through your digestive system and nudges the bowels into action, so be sure to get plenty of exercise. It can be as simple as playing catch, cycling, or shooting a few hoops.Develop a regular meal schedule. Since eating is a natural stimulant for the bowels, regular meals may help you develop routine bowel habits. If necessary, schedule breakfast a little earlier to give yourself a chance for a relaxed visit to the bathroom before school.Get into the habit of going. Maybe you don't want to use the bathroom at school, or maybe you just don't want to stop what you're doing right then. But if you make a habit of ignoring your body's signals that it's time to go, it can be tougher to go later on.Some medical conditions — like diabetes, lupus, or problems with the thyroid gland — can also cause constipation. If you're worried that your constipation is a sign of something else, talk to your parents and your doctor
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 11:42 AM
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  • I too are wondering how the constipation was diagnosed, did that diagnoses just come about just due to him having stomach pains?? or was it based on something like his bowel habits??
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 00:24 PM
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  • I too are wondering how the constipation was diagnosed, did that diagnoses just come about just due to him having stomach pains?? or was it based on something like his bowel habits?? My son has had a ct and MRI and all is well except for the constipation. He still suffers still after the constipation problem was taken care of.He misses days of school, band, and other activities because of his back, stomach and head pain.
    alhonea 1 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 02:55 PM
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