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severe lower abdominal pain

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  • Posted By: tjcmom
  • April 28, 2008
  • 04:18 AM

My 16 year old daughter recently had ligament reconstructive surgery on her ankle. She had some mild vomitting for a few days accompanied by lower abdominal pain mostly on her left side. She was taking Naproxen twice a day and Tylenol with Codeine for pain. I thought the meds were making her sick and we discontinued them 4 days after surgery. At this point, the pain was radiating across her abdomen to the other side, in her chest, and her back. I thought she made be constipated from the T3 and she took a couple of laxatives. She then had severe vomitting and diarrhea. I took her to the local ER. She was given Zofran and a green concoction to drink to soothe her belly. None of it worked. We ended up going home with a script for 40mg. of Prilosec twice a day and Zofran for nausea. She got progressively worse to the point that she couldn't get out of bed and everything she ate made her sick to her stomach. We went to the pediatrician's office and were set up to see a GI doctor. She continued to go downhill and we ended up being sent to the ER at Children's Hospital by the GI doctor. Initially they were unable to find anything wrong, but took anx-ray of her abdomen and believed she was still a little backed up and proceeded to give her a mineral oil enema as well as a Fleet. She passed nothing but bright red blood. She was admitted. Morphine did not even touch her pain. Her bloodwork was normal except that her hemoglobin level did drop then rebounded to the low end of normal. She was ultrasounded as normal She had an upper GI scope which found 3 stomach ulcers, but they were very small. In the meantime, the pain in her back had gotten much worse and she had stabbing pains in her side when she urinated. The worse pain continued to be very low in her abdomen. She was discharged with ulcer meds. The pain continues, she still gets sick when she eats, and she is still weak. I believed she might have Celiac disease activated by the surgery. She has a history of multiple fractures, very irregular menstrual cycles, and had reflux-like symptoms about a year and a half ago. She has a moderate-severe hearing loss. My husband has a yet to be diagnosed autoimmune disorder causing severe migratory joint and bone pain, bloody stool, and chronic fatigue. He has been bedridden for months on 2 occasions. My six year old son is also hearing impaired and complains of stomach pain almost every time he eats. I have a 15 year old son with none of these problems. To my surprise my daughter's Celiac tests were negative. Does anyone have any thoughts of a diagnosis? Please help! Thank you.

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