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15 year old daughter with abdominal pain

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  • Posted By: agriffin89
  • February 16, 2009
  • 03:35 AM

Hello everyone,
:(I am in desperate need of answers. My 15 year old daughter has been having terrible stomach pains since September of 2008. She's had ct scans done, pelvic ultrasound, colonoscopy, lots of blood work. No answers. The pain is in her right side, belly button, lower abdomen, and lower back. She complains of a burning sensation, and a pulling or twisting feeling in her stomach. I've read a lot on sphincter of oddi dysfunction. She seems to have all the syptoms except the vomiting. She goes to another GI doctor on Wednesday. Are there any specific questions I need to ask. Any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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  • Hi. I'm not a doctor, but given that 'burning' sensation and the fact that the pain is on both the front and the back (one-sided).....I would suspect a tightening (on one side) or (weakness on the opposite side) of the fascia surrounding her psoas or illiopsoas muscle. It attaches to the lumbar vertebra in the back and then passes through the hip (becoming illiopsoas in the hip) to attach distally to the femur. It's on both sides, but separate, so having one side effected and not the other is common. It flexes the hip--known as a hip hiker. I'm not trying to tell you that it's not oddi dysfunction (I'm no gastro), but that's rare and this problem is not. Also, her liver enzymes or pancreatic function would have probably denoted that whereas this is not detectable by blood test. Many doctors dismiss the muscle function, but in my experience an issue with the psoas is common. It's worth checking out! Best wishes :)
    Harmonium 322 Replies
    • February 16, 2009
    • 04:52 AM
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  • Thank you, I will mention this to her pediatrician. I forgot to add that she has had a high sed rate the last couple of months. It was a 44, now it is 38, which is still high to me. She has not been nauseated, no vomiting, but does complain of feeling tired. I thought maybe it was coming from the pain medicine (vicoprofen -a mixture of lortab and ibuprofen). Her doctor has tried to get me to put her on prozac. He said to relax her and that sometimes it helps with chronic pain. I think he thinks its all in her head. But I know my child, and she was never a complainer until now. Anyway, thanks again for the heads up and I will be sure to mention it to the Dr.
    agriffin89 2 Replies
    • February 16, 2009
    • 05:31 AM
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  • What are her periods like? Are they regular? Are they heavy and painful? How frequent are her bowel movements? Is her pain worse before, during or after a bm? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 16, 2009
    • 05:34 AM
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  • Her periods are heavy and painful. She usually has 2 bad days of cramping. Her bowel movements haven't been as regular as they should be lately because her appetite comes and goes. She has complained lately of pain after bowel movements and after urinating. She has complained of not being able to close her legs because it (vagina area) hurts when she does. She's been having leg pain, not in the joints but just a throbbing feeling. She has to walk slow and soft sometimes because she says her stomach hurts her when she walks. It has been rough watching her be in pain and not be able to do anything about it. I really wish I could take the pain for her. If there is anyone else who has suggestions please respond. Also I live in the Mobile, AL area. If u have any physician referrals let me know. :confused: Thanks,Desperate Mom in AL
    agriffin89 2 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 03:38 AM
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  • Her periods are heavy and painful. She usually has 2 bad days of cramping. Her bowel movements haven't been as regular as they should be lately because her appetite comes and goes. She has complained lately of pain after bowel movements and after urinating. She has complained of not being able to close her legs because it (vagina area) hurts when she does. She's been having leg pain, not in the joints but just a throbbing feeling. She has to walk slow and soft sometimes because she says her stomach hurts her when she walks. It has been rough watching her be in pain and not be able to do anything about it. I really wish I could take the pain for her. If there is anyone else who has suggestions please respond. Also I live in the Mobile, AL area. If u have any physician referrals let me know. :confused: Thanks,Desperate Mom in ALl Please get her to a good gyno who can rule out endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This sounds like a possibility with her painful and heavy periods. Google for more info. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 05:06 AM
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