Hi, I'm Lindsey (posting under my mom's account - and edited by my mom) and I'm 12 years old. Since October of 2008, I have had a persistent headache (sometimes worse, but never goes away), persistent pain in my upper left quadrant of my abdomen that also never goes away and vomiting 2-3 times a day (although I have not lost any weight). I also experience fatigue, extreme at times, insomnia due to my headache and stomach pain, and periods of extreme sleepiness. No diarrhea or constipation and a normal, if somewhat depressed appetite. I've missed so much school this year that I'm not sure I will be able to complete it. Prior to this, I was a happy, healthy normal 12 year old.
Other occasional symptoms that I don't know if they are related: shortness of breath, heart palpitations (this only happened once or twice), numbness in my hands (about once a week) and excessive thirst.
Here's what's been done:
GP first did a urinalysis...negative. Was then refered to a pediatrician. He thought ovarian cyst and ordered an abdominal ultrasound...negative. Blood work...negative. He then thought migraine/IBS connection and tried low dose propranolol (beta blocker) and Nexium. When that did not help, did ECG and put me on low dose amitriptyline. Symptoms seemed to get worse not better, so we stopped this. He has stopped all meds and suggested seeing a psychologist and my mom has set me up for councilling.
Tried treatment by my mom's chiropractor - no help. Have also seen a naturopath who recommends activated charcoal and to eliminate wheat (gluten), dairy and sugar. Trying my best with that, but it's very hard! And so far (it's been a week), and nothing has changed.
Went back to my GP who refused a stool test, but ordered an abdominal x-ray. The day after the x-ray, went to ER as the abdominal pain was severe. They re-did blood work, urinalysis, bp, temp...all normal. They were able to review the x-ray as well...normal. Doctor suggested a stool sample for Giardia which we are in the process of "collecting"...yuck.
Anyone with something similar? Can't find anything in these forums that seem to match up. :confused:
Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
Lindsey (and Cindy - aka Mom)
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