If someone could please help me I would be so very grateful !! My 17 year old son has been suffering with stomach pain & large painful bowel movements for some time. We have taken him to many doctors who said he would grow out of it and drink water. We just took him to another doctor last week and he scheduled a colonoscopy. The doctor told us that he could possibly have Crohn's Disease, but is waiting for the blood work and he scheduled another test for next Monday, an upper GI. He was also diagnosed with anemia. I have been looking on the internet for days and have found some surprising information. My son has a speech problem, he gets caught up on some words and strains to get them out. When he was a baby he could not breath when drinking his bottle and throw his arms back & start screaming. The Pediatrician told us his nose was stopped up and gave us nose drops. He would make up his own words for some objects and people's names. We thouoght it was cute and didn't think anything of it. As he got older in his early teens he started to complain of stomach pain and had very large bowel movements. He ripped his skin because they were so large. The doctor advised us that nothing was wrong and told him to drink more water. He played soccer for a while and was also in Marching Band....he complained of ankle pain both times, he also complained of shoulder pain last month and could not think of anything he did to hurt it. This has been going on for a while also, he would complain of pain and he always associated it with different activites. Two days ago Matthew came to me & my husband and told us he thought he had a panic attack the night before. He described getting very nervous & scared while in bed, his heart started pounding, his breathing changed, and he felt like he was going to die. As we were discussing this he told us that this happened many times when he was younger but he never told us. He said he didn't know why he didn't tell us just that he was younger and didn't know it was anything. Since going on the internet and reading about all the different symptons I am getting very nervous. It seems we had many red flags when he was younger and didn't realize it. We listened to the doctors and never questioned anything. I have read that speech problems associated with different symptons that Matthew has like; stomach pain, large bowel movements, headaches, body pain (different areas), panic attacks, anemia, leg cramps, dizziness, very picky eater, weight loss, can be many different conditions.
If anyone has had similar symptons or knows a conditon that has these symptoms, please let us know. We are so worried and feel so, so guilty that he has suffered for so many years and we had no idea. We should not of listened to the doctors and kept taking him for 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinioins until we got an answer instead of the same old "hes ok, he will grow out it" answer.
I probably left some symptons out becasue I am so very tired. I have been on the internet since his last doctors appointment all hours of the day and night trying to find some information. If you have any questions please send me an e-mail and I will answer them.
Thank you so much for any help you can give !!
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