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19 year old daughter needs help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2007
  • 07:59 PM

Could someone please help my daughter. She is 19 and a freshman in college and is going thru pure ***l. She has had severe lower abdominal pain, constipation (no bowel movement since the first of Dec.) major weight loss. She went from 138 pounds to 102 pounds from the end of Sep. to the end of Dec. She does not have much of an appetite because everytime she eats it makes her stomach cramp even more. She has had a colonoscopy, several blood test, a urine test and where they stick the tube thru your mouth to look at your stomach. They still cannot find anything. She is a very social person and when she goes out to a party she is back in her dorm by 11 cause she says it just hurts to much and she does not like to even party. This is so much not like her. She told me last night that this is just not right cause she should be meeting people and enjoying life. Does anyone have any suggestions on what we should have done now. She is seeing a specialist and he is trying to help her but it is just so frustrating knowing that there is something going on but not knowing what it is. Please any suggestions or help will be appreciated.

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  • no bowel movement since then is BAD!!! Go to a different doctor NOW.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 09:29 AM
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  • whow, no bowel movement till then? well i suggests she drinks 3 litres of water a day - not squash though.see how that goes - she needs to look into her diet.maybe food allergies? its very common, but highly missed.does she drink alcohol?i have been suffering from severe abdominal pain and bowel trouble for 5 years now..i have extreme bowel problems from Dia too Consti. i have extremly severe abdominal pain all the time...i have endrometriosis - have a look, research.many women suffer from this dieases. but unfortunatly doctors dont regonise this as yet.many women have taken years to get diagonesed.i had to go through our NHS system in the uk...not great as you may know.8 years ive suffered, but the last 5 have been dreadful.i had to put my life on hold - also dont waste time in going from one specialist to another....and definatly dont let her have a laparoscopy til after a MRI scan.unfornunatly, i have suffered from adhesions after two surgeries, only keyhole but its made a big impact to my life.may bowel has stuck onto others parts of my body, and organs.just look into it....hope all is well for your daughter plus i strongly advise you to change doctors.hope all is well..becky uk
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 11:24 AM
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  • To Becky,Thanks for letting me know that there is someone else out there that is going thru something simular. You do have my sympathy. Thanks for the great advice on food allergies and endometriosis. I am defiantly going to have those to things checked out. I guess sometimes we as patients have to do our own research. Anyother advice from anyone will be greatly appreciated.19 year old's mom
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 03:52 PM
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  • hi becky iread that you have endometriosis and not to get laprascopy but an mri a specialist said i have endometriosis and want to do that laprascopy why the mri what can they see with mri in regards to endometriosis and i am not to sure what this endometriosis is i have not found a site that explained it in simple words please if you have any advice or further suggestions please reply thank you renee
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 11:32 PM
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  • I had the EXACT same problem starting out my freshman year in highschool. Horrible stomach pains, occasional low grade fevers, loss of appetite , no moving bowels, nausea and or vomiting, etc etc etcAfter 9 months of weekly ER trips, being transfered to different hospitals and what not, I was finally diagnosed with IBS, or otherwise known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Take her to a gastroenterologist ASAP, and bring up IBS. if it is, they will either get her to drink a boat load of chalky liquid, or give you the option to be admitted into the hospital to be pumped out. As painful as this sounds, take the second option. You are put in ICU for maybe a day, and they stick a tube down your throat into your stomach. Its really not as bad as it seems. You will be in and out in no time.IBS is a horrible horrible thing. It will never leave your body, but you can learn to control it. In the mean time, stay away from any dairy, wey (bread, pastas, etc) apples, fast food and spicy food. Stick to a LOT of fiber, and ask for a complete diet guide from your dr. I have had IBS for 5 years now, and ive been in remission for 3 1/2 years. Havn't felt this great in a long long time.Please let me know what happens, i am intrested in knowing. Good luck and hope she feels better!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 00:03 AM
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  • Hello:My 18 year old son is going through something similar. I was wondering if you ever got a (correct) diagnosis that has lead to improvement of your daughter's condition.Thanks
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  • i am also a 19 year old freshman in college, i suffer with endometrioisis, i have had the diagnosis since i was 17, so if you are not getting anywhere and your daughters health continues to decline, change doctors, consult with specialist, do everything in your power to make it so she will get treatment that she clearly needs. it took over 4 painful years for me to get my diagnosis, the doctors blew it off as normal teen abdominal pain, but it was so much more.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2011
    • 06:23 AM
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