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Help! Can't get a satisfactory diagnosis of stomach/arm pain with my 6 year old

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  • Posted By: darrengreer
  • April 21, 2010
  • 02:41 PM

Looking for any help or pointers here. My 6 year old had what we think was a stomach flu about 4 weeks ago now. He had vomitting (once) and diahrea (spelling?) for a couple of days. The problem seemed to go away, but he continued to have diahrea for about a week off and on. In addition, he would get random fits of severe pain in his stomach (all over, not usually localized to one spot), which was usually followed by diahrea.

The doctors said it could last a while, and that we should put him on floristor (spelling again?) to help build up good bacteria in his stomach. We did that for 1-2 weeks, which seemed to help a little, but if he ate certain foods (soda, acidic juices, pizza), the pains would come back very severe.

The diahrea seems to be gone now, but he is still having random stomach pains. And now, in the last week, he has been complaining of pain in his left arm, which is not always accompanied by the stomach pain. The pain in his arm appears to be getting worse, now up to his arm pit.

We've seen 3 doctors now, and have been given multiple "solutions". The floristor was mildly successful. He was recently placed on something for acid reflux, which doesn't apear to be helping (that doctor thinks the arm pain is just nerves).last doctor seemed to think it could be stomach spasms and recommened a drug that scared us with all the potential side effects (some barbiturate I think), or some cammamile tea?

Anyway, we've had no bloodwork recommended or done, and I am getting very upset with doctor advice to date, and am looking for any recommendations or help. I'm worried that something greater is going on, and my child may be in trouble.

Please help!

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  • I can understand being frusterated with doctor's diagnosis as I'm know I am and many on here as well are. Its rough and I actually can understand why the one doctor put him on something for acid reflux as you stated it was by what he ate that the stomach pains would come on by. Sounds like a sound ideal diagnosis except for the arm pain which might suggest another cause. What antiacids was he put on? he definately should have some tests done and unfortunately it seems doctors rather just guess instead of doing any real evaluations. One thing I must ask was he at least tested via swab for bacteria? Anyhow my suggestion is take him to an ENT and/or cardiologist. I hope your son gets better soon.
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