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  • Posted By: isabellaxx
  • April 1, 2008
  • 07:35 AM

Hi everyone :)

Im a 13 going on 14 year old female and I have a long history of abdominal problems.

I was born without a sphincter around the lower esophagus, which resulted in severe reflux and then eventually a fundoplication.

Last year, I went to the ER for appendicitis and when they operated they found a bag of infectous fluid surrounding the appendix.

After I had my appendix out I continued to have crampy abdominal pains and constipation, however no cause, except constipation was found for this.

4 months ago I had an endoscopy as a checkup and was told that my esohpagus was inflamed, scarred and covered in mucus.

For the past few months I have been experiencing weird symptoms. I get bouts of loose stools and then constipation, some stools are completely covered in mucus.

I have been having on and off upper abodominal pain that can range from sharp, to dull to crampy. The pain mostly comes between the top of my ribs.I feel pressure and fullness under both ribs, and have pain under both ribs. Also am having random pains in the upper abdominal right area and it is tender to touch.

My doctor is looking into the possibilty of gall bladder problems, and has ordered an ultrasound for next week. However Im only 13 and dont see how I could possibly have a problem with my gall bladder. Im healthy, fit and active.
This is all he has told me and we cant seem to get a accurate diagnosis.

I've been having irregular periods and salt cravings also.

Does anyone have any ideas on what could be wrong?
My reflux is playing up, so Im guessing the left side pain is from heartburn, but the right side and upper abdomen is very strange.

Sorry this is so long, but I am really hoping if anyone has experienced or knows what these symptoms are. Im so sick of being sick! The crampy pain from last year still comes sometimes and Im jsut tired of all of this. I want a diagnosis and some medicine that can help! Im on omeoprazole and mylanta for the reflux, but they dont help.

Thanks very much
Izzy x

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  • Hi Izzy-- Please have your family take you to a geneticist. This kind of doctor knows how to look at your birth problems in a way that other doctors may not notice. Good luck!
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with Aguila, but would also suggest you may be having food intolerances contributing to your symptoms. What foods do you eat on a daily basis? What do you drink daily? Celiac disease can cause some of your symptoms. Consider a good naturopath or Oriental Medicine practitioner to help your symptoms. Acupuncture works, and can really help gastro intestinal problems. Also look into a treatment called NAET. Chinese herbal medicine is extremely effective, please consider these alternative, more holistic, choices for your health. Western meds just don't work that well for GI issues IMO, and often have toxic side effects. Get yourself a good quality PROBIOTIC to help balance the flora in your intestines. Consider slippery elm throat lozenges (Thayer's brand - you can find these at any healthfoods store) to help with the reflux symptoms. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
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