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Anxiety/diarrehea

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 12, 2006
  • 10:24 PM

My 15 year old daughter has been taking Immodium AD off and on as needed for years. She worries that if she 'needs to go' at school, she will not be allowed to go. They only have a few minutes to switch classes and there is not much time, and the teachers are very strict about allowing a child out of class.

Can't figure out if it's diet related or nerves. She eats very healthy foods - nothing that should cause this problem. Her doctor said to stop taking the Immodium and let nature take its course. She's freaked out at the thought of having diarrhea at school. Any suggestions?

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  • My 15 year old daughter has been taking Immodium AD off and on as needed for years. She worries that if she 'needs to go' at school, she will not be allowed to go. They only have a few minutes to switch classes and there is not much time, and the teachers are very strict about allowing a child out of class. Can't figure out if it's diet related or nerves. She eats very healthy foods - nothing that should cause this problem. Her doctor said to stop taking the Immodium and let nature take its course. She's freaked out at the thought of having diarrhea at school. Any suggestions?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 10:30 PM
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  • She eats very healthy foods - nothing that should cause this problem.Don't be so sure! Some of the "healthiest" foods are also the most likely to cause a food intolerence. Wheat, corn, soy, milk, potatos, and MANY other foods are known to cause specific reactions in certain people. This is probably one of the most common causes of digestive problems that develops around puberty and intensifies with time. If that's what it is, it will get worse without treatment. If they ever told you that she had allergies she would "outgrow," treat it like she's still allergic. Allergies don't get better, they get worse. A lot of doctors repeat that old knowledge that isn't taught anymore because it was considered the truth just 10 - 20 years ago.Either way, its in her interest to get it taken care of ASAP. Its very easy for people to disregard these sorts of problems and anxieties, even if the distress is very real for her. Even doctors tend to say these things are "all in the head" because there is actually very limited knowledge in American medicine about the actual causes of diseases and disorders. Heck, America's #1 food intolerence specialist was born and educated in Ireland. I can personally testify that this lack of medical knowledge directly corresponds to a lack of compassion in the general populace.It wouldn't be a long shot at all to talk to an allergenist about a full allergy screening. You may want to have a seperate Celiac screening because a food intolerence isn't quite the same as an allergy. If they say the intolerence test came back "elevated, but within normal range" you should interpret that to mean "this food is eventually going to ruin her health, but she isn't sick enough yet for me to diagnose."If allergic to wheat, the blood will react to wheat. If intolerent of wheat, the blood will not react - only the small intestines. There are different clues in the blood that can show the chronic effects of an intolerence so a normal allergy screening won't necessarily pick those up. -Oh.. and tell her, if she needs to go, she should ask her teacher once and then get up and go regardless of the answer she gets back. No school in their right mind is going to support a teacher who is trying to prevent a student with chronic diarrhea from going to the bathroom. Her knowing that you support her if she makes this decision will probably help her anxiety a lot. Digestive disorders require a lot of emotional support, but its embarassing to talk about. Either way, I have a good feeling you can be her best ally :)
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 11:31 PM
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