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Feb 06, 2008
bear'smom
looking for answers
My daughter (11 yrs) started having stomach pains along with headaches occasionally in Dec. 07. New Year's Eve, she was diagnosed with strep and was on amoxicillin for 10 days. Stomach pains and headaches became more severe and frequent. Finished all of the amox. and stomach pains/headache continue to worsen - to the point of not being able to function (eating very little, no activity, lots of school missed). Diagnosed with strep again on 1/22. Amox. prescribed again. Since she was starting to feel a little better on the 25th, we went out to have her favorite meal - crab legs. She ate fairly well, but by the end of the meal turned very pale and was having severe stomach pain. Within 1 hour, she had diarrhea/vomiting and hives. We went to the ER and she was given a large dose of Benadryl for an apparent allergic reaction to shellfish. She has never had any type of allergic reaction before. Her stomach pains worsened and I didn't give her the last 3 doses of the amox. because I felt that it was making her stomach pains worse. She saw a Ped. GI on 2/1 and he thinks she has acid reflux. He prescribed Prevacid 30mg. 2x a day for 2 weeks and we are waiting for the call to tell us when her endoscopy will be. She took her 1st dose of Prevacid last Friday night and we saw a lot of improvement initially but now she seems to be worsening again. She missed school again today because she was so nauseated/headache. She has complained of the joints in her fingers hurting the last 2 days, also. It seems like dairy products may cause her more distress. She always turns extremely pale whenever she is experiencing the worst pains. I have some questions and I would really appreciate any input. 1st: Could all of this be related somehow to the strep? (the dr.'s don't think so, but I just have this feeling that somehow its all related) 2: Could her allergic reaction be related to the acid reflux? 3. Am I expecting too much from the Prevacid too soon? 4. Has anyone else had the acid reflux always be accompanied by a headache? I have lots of other questions but I think I'm too frustrated to think of them right now. I've probably written too much, anyway. I just feel like I have been watching what used to be a very athletic and active little girl wither away. She has no energy to do anything and I just don't know how to help her anymore.
Feb 07, 2008
jan gambino burns
Jan Gambino, M.Ed
The Reflux Mom
P.O. Box 171
Arnold, Maryland
21012 USA
Mom to Rebecca: reflux and asthma, post nissen fundo, post g tube, post FTT and Jenna: reflux, asthma and POTS.
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Searching for answers
Dear Bear's Mom, I wish that I knew what was going on but I don't. However, Ican give you some ideas about how to search for answers. You need to keep track of the symptoms and treatments. It may take a bit of time to figure out exactly what is going on. You will be glad to have a day to day record of appts, treatments, symptoms, etc. While stomach pain may be a symptom of GERD, it can be a symptom of many other conditions too. Food allergies and lactose intolerance come to mind. Headache is a symptom that is generally not associated with GERD. It is unusual for GERD to occur in older children suddenly but it is possible. Sometimes the antibiotics can take all of the good bacteria out of the stomach and make a mild case of GERD more severe for a short period of time. My kids have reflux and any illness sets back their eating and digestion for a few weeks. It is always a good idea to rule out common reasons for the symptoms and then look at other causes. I hope your daughter's primary doctor will help you sort out all of the symptoms and help guide you to other specialists if needed. Be sure to let us know what you find out. Let me know if you want to talk again. You can email me privately at refluxmom2@earthlink.net. Best wishes, Jan Gambino The Reflux Mom PO Box 19 Arnold, Maryland 21012
Feb 07, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
wow, sounds very similar to my 11 yr old son! He had been having stomach aches for months, and they had been increasing in frequency until his stomach was hurting all the time. We took him in for the stomach aches, and they found he was running a slight fever and did a strep test...sure enough, strep! So he was on amoxicilin for 10 days. At the same time the said they thought the stomach aches were reflux and put him on 30 mg prevacid. Same thing...he got worse on the Amoxacilin, in fact he had some sort of scary bruising and bleeding during that time. He also had aches in his joints, but all that went away within a week of finishing the antibiotics. The Prevacid seemed to help the first few days, but after a few days his stomach actually got much worse. He was worse for about a week or maybe 2, then slowly started getting a little better every day and now (1 month 1 day after starting) he is much better! Still having a little stomach trouble after dinner, but very much improved. He does turn pale when he is having reflux, it's pretty scary to see how sick he looks. Also, when he has eaten a food he is allergic to or has an intollerance to he will get reflux symptoms really bad. I'm not sure that it's related to the strep (my son's issues started before the strep) but it could be related to stress surrounding the strep, maybe even stress on her body due to antibiotics? I'm not sure. I think that food allergies and intolerances can make reflux worse, so you might look into finding out if maybe she has other food issues besides the shellfish. If her reflux is connected to stress, the headaches could be part of the package maybe? my son doesn't have the headache problem. Strep does cause headaches, is she at all congested still? Maybe sinus issues? Sinus infections and colds seem to make reflux worse and also cause headaches. Just throwing out some ideas here, though. I totally understand...the reflux/strep/flu/cold run that we had has lasted from the 1st week of January until now and he *still* isn't 100%. One thing after another! I think he had the reflux before, but the combination of illnesses plus starting the meds has just taken him down. He is pale, tired, and skinny! We had a bunch of tests run on him last week to make sure his blood count, metabolic function etc. was OK and everything was fine. That was an enormous relief, especially after the bruising and bleeding with the antibiotic! So as sick as he has seemed, it really does seem to just be reflux combined with a nasty run of illnesses. The good news is (well, I took it as good), it took a good solid month on Prevacid to notice a difference but we do see one now. The kind ladies on this site assured me that it can take up to 6 weeks to really kick in, which seems to be the case with us. My kid is much happier, I have started to see his 'spark' come back, and he finally got back to his swimming this week. He was still sort of gimpy and lacked his usual stamina, but I finally feel like he's getting better and things will be fine. Hang in there! Keep in touch with her doctor and don't be afraid to call, ask questions and report symptoms. But I do think there's a good chance you're on the right track and she'll be better soon! I'd be happy to talk more with you if you want, I totally know where you're at right now because I was there all last month! Yesterday was the first day I really felt settled about it.
Feb 08, 2008
scubababy
You've gotten some great advice from some veteren reflux moms! I just wanted to add the use of "probiotics" in conjunction with reflux/virus/antibiotic use. They are a staple in our house now. Our daugther is almost 5, and has battled reflux since birth. She's has technically outgrown reflux, but still has ocassional flareups (like this week!). Anytime she catches a virus, it causes a huge reflux flareup for us. And, anytime she takes antibiotics, it causes a reflux flareup. So, whenever she is sick and/or taking antibiotics, I include daily doses of probiotics. Something as simple as Culturelle which you can find in any drug store. You kiddo is probably old enough to take the capsule. For us, I just break apart the capsule and put it in Annie's juice cup. You can get more "organic" probiotics/acidopholus products in health food stores. Thought I would just throw this out as "food for thought". P.S. I've been giving Annie probiotics since she was 4 months old - per the instructions of her GI doc. It helped so much as an infant, that I've continued doing it.
Feb 09, 2008
bear'smom
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your responses and advice. My frustration level with not being able to help her has been sky high this week and I really needed this encouragement. I took her back to the dr. today because her headache was worse, along with heartburn/nausea and now sore throat. I just knew she had strep again -but the rapid test came back negative (I was actually disappointed - I want meds. so we can get rid of this!) She was also re-tested for mono and it was negative (Thank goodness!). All of her blood work looks great - no viral issues, hemoglobin looks good, etc. The Prevacid might be causing some of this, so it was suggested that I try giving her Zantac 3x a day (75 mg). I am also going to try the probiotics. I'm glad to hear that your kids are doing well now. Thanks again for everything. I hope I'm posting soon to say how much she's improving!
Feb 11, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
I hope she gets better soon! It *did* get worse for my son for a few weeks after it seemed to be getting better. We also had such a run of viral illness that it was nearly impossible to tell what was maybe new meds, or reaction to antibiotics, or maybe just a crummy immune system due to all the problems that had been going on. I'm glad all her bloodwork looks good, that's a big relief! You'll get it working, I know...it just takes awhile and boy do I hear you on it being so darn frustrating in the meantime. The reflux can cause a sore throat. Although, in our case we also had strep and a few weeks later had a viral sore throat with phlegm and a stuffy nose....Sigh. Spring really is right around the corner! Hopefully things will be easier and the rotten colds and flu will leave us alone!
Feb 11, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
Hey! If you ever need another reflux mom to chat with feel free to email me anytime!!

RackleyFIve@cox.net

You got some great info from the other moms already!! Jan is the BEST, she helped me immensely when mine were "in the thick of it". I hope you find the answers you need for your daughter to feel better!!
Feb 11, 2008
bear'smom
making progress!
You "guys" are just awesome! Your support and advice have just been wonderful and I appreciate how you've made me feel like my questions aren't crazy or dumb. Sarah is on her 3rd day of taking culturelle probiotic and I am amazed at the improvement she is showing. She actually got up and played soccer (in the house - but I didn't complain!) with her brother yesterday! Her color has improved quite a bit, too. She is still having some stomach burning/pain, but doesn't seem to be having the wet burps anymore. I'm so glad that I can talk to all of you about this, gross parts and all. She has improved enough that we are going to follow through with a short family ski trip this weekend. Hopefully she won't have any setbacks.
Feb 11, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Yea! So good to hear she's doing better. I relaxed a little when my son started bugging me with active, irritating behavior (with us it's "Rugburn Ball", a creation of their own payed on the living room carpet LOL) and I suddenly realized hey, his energy is coming back! Hopefully the Prevacid is starting to kick in and things will be looking up soon. It takes awhile and there have been a few setbacks for us (days with a tummy ache or two) but boy, the picture as a whole is much better now! I'll have to try the probiotic you mentioned. We've got one, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. Part of it is that trying to time the meds so that they are taken on an empty stomach is tough when they are taking them more than 1x per day...plus trying to eat lots of small meals all day long to help the reflux (and put some meat back on those skinny bones!).
Feb 24, 2008
bear'smom
endoscopy
Sarah had an endoscopy on Friday. Everything looked normal but the dr. took biopsies from several places to try and find a reason for the nausea. He said that about 30% of the time everything looks normal but then the biopsies give him some answers. I don't know if I had mentioned before that we had to take her off the Prevacid because she was having a lot of trouble with dizziness and tingling in her hands. I've started her back on it - but just 1 dose a day instead of 2. She hasn't lost any more weight - but she hasn't gained back what she'd lost either. It seems like every time she starts eating, she quits after a few bites because she feels full & nauseated. Have any of your children appeared normal through the endoscopy camera and then you found out what was wrong thru the biopsy results?
Feb 24, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
Hi again bear's mom! Try posting this in the General Beginner and Infant forums. I think there are several moms who have had endoscopies who might have more info for you!
Feb 24, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Hi! I'm sorry you're going through this! Man, it's rotten to think that everything is OK and then have things fall apart again. We are going through a similar thing...Isaiah's blood work showed his white cells and platelets are down, so we have to go back in for another test. It's miserable, miserable miserable to have to wait and not know what's going on. I will be praying that everything is OK with your daughter, and that the biopsies are just fine. I know how you feel, the waiting and worrying is horrible. I think we will be having Isaiah's blood drawn again tomorrow (assuming he is not still running a fever) and I feel like I can't breathe because of the anxiety. I have had scopes done before, and one thing I think you can feel good about is that generally if anything serious is wrong, it would have been apparent right away. Chances are that the biopsies will be fine, but if there is something up that shows up there and not in the initial scope it is usually something that is not serious. I had a scope last summer (colonoscopy, not endo) and everything looked fine but the biopsy showed a very mild form on inflammation, which is easily controlled by medication. So I would guess that the chances are very good that the biopsies will come back with no problem at all, but even if there's something there it's not necessacerily something to worry about. How long do you have to wait for results? Do you mind sharing more about Sarah? It sounds like you are going through a lot of the same things we are and it would be very nice to have someone to talk to about it. Isaiah's weight is concerning me, too, and this whole experience has been the most stressful thing I've ever had to deal with. If you want, I'd be happy to give you my email address. Also, I second Jen's suggestion that you try the general beginner forum, because it's much busier than this one.
Feb 25, 2008
bear'smom
I'm sorry to hear that Isaiah is having a setback, too. Let me know what you find out with his tests. I will be praying for him, too. Sarah had a rough night last night - up from about 12 am to 2 am with terrible heartburn and nausea. Nothing I give her seems to relieve the pain she is in and that is one of the most frustrating things. She got up and went in to school but she called to go home at lunchtime. At least she made it for her most important classes. Thanks for sharing about your scope results - I'm hoping we will get some answers. The dr. said he would call by midweek with the results. Our kids do have a lot in common and I would like to have someone to talk to more about it, too. You can email me at teradougb@bellsouth.net. Tera
Feb 25, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
I'll email you! Sorry to hear she was up last night...
Mar 10, 2008
chaffeurmum
Looking for Answers
I am new on this site and am so glad I found it. Like Bear's Mom, I have a 10 year old daughter who started having very bad stomach pains with occasional headaches in mid November. She was off school for weeks until we finally saw a specialist who gave her an endoscopy and colonoscopy plus biopsies. She was diagnosed with severe reflux and constipation and given omeprazole (Prilosec) and now is taking Motilium (Domperidone-we live in London where it is available over the counter) The medications have helped immensely but she still has relapses for a day or two (like today) where she is in terrible pain all day. Bowel movements are fine due to All Bran every morning. The doctors are talking about stress at school but I think it is something else. She has always had a bad stomach but I am not sure what to do now. Perhaps changing her diet although we tried that originally (eliminating dairy, wheat etc...) and it didn't help. We have been doing the probiotics daily. Any suggestions?
Mar 11, 2008
maiam
maia m - GERD. Nissen Fundoplication w/hiatal hernia repair.
Mom to
Son (10) GERD(aspiration pneumonias, apnea, tracheomalacia), Food allergy, Asthma
Daughter (6) GERD, Heart Murmur, Food Allergy, Asthma, Mold allergy
(hug) My son is almost 8, and has gone through much of what you talk about. When they did biopsies w/ the scope, did they look for eosinophils? Did they tell you if they found any, and if so, how many? Have you had food/environmental allergy testing done? (RAST or skin prick test, it is called here.... don't know if you have different tests) Have you done a pH probe to see if reflux is the issue? Or if the acid is controlled on the current meds? My son had to go on very high doses of PPIs (Nexium, 80mg) before he finally found relief. Things are going much better for him now.
Mar 12, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Hi! My 11 yr old has had similar problems. He's on Prevacid for reflux and has had a bad couple of months with various other illnesses. I don't know what to tell you about the relapses and the constipation, Isaiah does still have relapses and for the last 3 days he's also had diarrhea...I am also starting to wonder if there could be some allergy issues that we need to work on. It's frustrating when things have been going along fine and then get bad again! I know that stress can make it worse, and sometimes I do see a flare-up when he's under stress...but I'd have to say more often than not they don't seem to be stress related. Maybe keep a food record? Then you could see if the pain is happening in relation to something specific she ate. It could even just be that she's having bad days after eating foods that are hard foods for people with reflux. My son ate pizza for dinner night before last and was sick that night, plus part of the next day. I hope you keep visiting this site, sorry to take so long responding! The Beginner and General forum gets a lot of traffic, so you might try posting there as well. If you get a chance, I'd love to hear more about your daughter!
Mar 12, 2008
chaffeurmum
Update
The Ph probe on my daughter definitely showed relux and her allergy testing showed no problems with any foods (including dairy and wheat) The doctor is convinced constipation is a problem and wants me to give her laxatives twice a day (Movicol) but I am trying to avoid them and just do All Bran. But I did try Movicol this morning. Today, I just sent her to a homeopath (excellent one who cured us all of our asthma) He says she has dybiosis in her stomach and bowel which is basically an imbalance of bacteria. He gave me some homeopathic remedies along with advising that she take a probiotic capsule every day. After 3 hours, her symptoms have worsened with the homeopathic remedies but sometimes those sorts of remedies initially make it slightly worse before it starts to get better so I am waiting until tomorrow. I was really hoping that she would go to school at least one or two days this week as she must be very far behind by now.
Mar 12, 2008
bear'smom
Hello!
I am so sorry for what you and your daughter are going through. All of us here know and feel your frustration. However, this is a great group for advice and encouragement. When I first began my daughter on probiotics, she had terrible pain and diarrhea. However, I kept on giving it to her and within about 2 days we saw a lot of improvement. Her paleness subsided and she had a lot more energy. She had an endoscopy that showed mild gastritis - but not enough to be causing all of this trouble. Tomorrow she goes for a gastric emptying scan. She will eat radioactive scrambled eggs and then the eggs will be "followed" through her digestive tract. If this test doesn't give us any answers, she is going to be diagnosed as having "functional dyspepsia". Fortunately the dr. has told me there is a medication that works well for this and that it would also treat her headaches. I have learned that it takes a long time to narrow down problems in the digestive system. Keep us informed of how your daughter is doing!
Mar 12, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Bear's mom...sorry I haven't emailed you, we had a rough weekend with some sort of GI bug and I have been sort of crazy lately. I will be praying for Bear tomorrow! Please let me know how it goes...I will email tomorrow morning and see how you're all doing. (((hugs)))! Cmom....I have heard the same thing, that you can have a 'healing reaction' to some homeopathic things. I've wondered about bacterial imbalance in Isaiah, esp. since things got worse after a round of antibiotics. I have an aunt who has done this NAET therapy for allergies and swears by it...it sounds a little strange to me, but the theory is that many illnesses are due to reactions to food or to the environment that don't show up in regular allergy testing. I have been considering trying it once we get things more balanced out, if things don't improve.
Mar 13, 2008
chaffeurmum
Gastric Emptying Scan
I 'll be thinking about you today and hope you get some answers with the scan. I wonder if the medication your dr. mentioned for functional dyspepsia is domperidone which assists the emptying of the stomach. My daughter is on that although it is hard to tell which medication works and which doesn't. My homeopath yesterday said that conventional doctors look for pathology and structural defects in all their scans but not imbalances in bacteria which can cause lots of problems too. He said that in France, all doctors give patients on antibiotics probiotics as a matter of course to replenish the "friendly flora". Interestingly, he said that we would all die with no bacteria in our gut so it is very important to replenish after a course of antibiotics. This morning my daughter is nauseous and in pain again so no school. My husband thinks we should force her to go but once she arrives in school, they push her even if she is not 100 percent. It is very frustrating for me as I don't know how pushy to get. In the afternoon, she often feels a bit better but then gets worse soon after so I am afraid to bring her to school. Anyone else feeling worried about missed school?
Mar 13, 2008
bear'smom
Normal results
rissaroo - oh no! I can't believe you've had a GI bug now!?!?! Did all the kids get it? You must be at your wit's end. That was all you needed. You are in my thoughts and prayers! The test results came back normal. I don't know whether to be happy or sad - especially after doing a little more research on the medication her dr. is probably going to want to try next. It is elavil, which is an antidepressant which can also be used for IBS and as a preventative for migraines. SShe does have a history of migraines, so I guess this could be beneficial. Side effects can include extreme weight gain and suicidal thoughts. This scares me. We are going to talk to a homepath very soon. chaffeurmum: I'm sorry to hear your daughter was in pain and nauseated again this morning. We know how helpless you are feeling! Yes, I have worried myself sick over the missed school! In fact, I took her to school today after her scan was completed because I don't want her to miss out on anymore learning. I am a teacher and I have worked hard at keeping her up to speed, but she has missed so many of the hands-on activities that enhance the learning. Her teachers have been great about giving her extra help, but there are some things that just don't get made up. I know how frustrating it is trying to decide if she's ok to go to school or not. One morning I put her on the bus and then just broke down and cried. I looked like I'd been through a washing machine by the time I got to my own classroom! Sarah is always feeling the worst in the mornings, so I just remind her that she'll probably feel better after she gets up and moves around for a while. She likes to be reassured that someone in the family is just a phone call away if she doesn't feel better. I will be praying for you!
Mar 14, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Well I guess that normal is good...but I hear you with wishing there was a clear answer and being able to fix it! Have they mentioned abdominal migraine? I guess that's pretty common at this age, especially when they have headaches too. I hope that you're able to get things worked out with meds ...I know how concerning the side effects are though. I'd be concerned too...maybe they can give her a small dose and see if things will improve? Maybe she won't need it for very long? When my Sarah (middle child) was on Reglan I was really worried because the side effects were serious. We kept her on a tiny dose though and it still worked, and she never had any problems. The GI bug seems to have passed, but Isaiah has been having diarrhea. He comes right downstairs after he wakes up and goes right into the bathroom. It's only happening once a day in the morning and yesterday he was OK, but this morning it's back again. I'm wondering if it's the meds, if it's the remains of the GI bug (which really didn't hit him that hard) or if it's something else, maybe there's some other thing besides the reflux wrong? I am feeling really down right now because this just keeps going on, and he still just doesn't seem healthy. My husband thinks I'm crazy for still being concerned, because the worst of the pain and nasuea seem to be under control...but I just want my kid to be back to normal! As far as school is concerned, I home school so he's not actually missing class....however, the last few unit tests we've done have not gone well and I suspect that a lot of what we worked on in the last few months will have to be relearned. Right now, he's more distractable then I've ever seen him and having a hard time with school. I'm with both of you, I am going to look into homeopathy next. I just don't have the heart to go do more testing right now and I still don't feel like we've got a doctor who understands what to do. I'm so frustrated right now....I am thankful that I'm not working outside the home at this point (I used to teach, too) because I don't know how you do it when your kids is sick so much! You guys are amazing. On the other hand, some days I really wish I could get away from it...I feel like I haven't been out of the house for centuries. I swear, I've cried more in the last few months then in the last few years put together...I feel so helpless! I can imagine how hard it must be to send your kiddos to school and not know how they are going to be or if they will need to come home, that would be so hard....(((hugs))) to both of you guys, I hope that you have support though this and can get some rest and time to decompress!
Mar 29, 2008
bear'smom
Rissaroo and chauffeurmom I hope your families are doing well! Please update me soon about your kids! At our GI dr. visit this week, we decided against putting Sarah on Elavil for her digestive issues due to the side effects it would probably cause. He recommended we just continue taking Zantac 2x a day and hyoscyamine for cramping. On our way home, we decided to stop in to talk to a pharmacist who is also a dr. of natural medicine. He "hooked" her up to a scanning device and the results were interesting. He said that she has an extreme imbalance with the bacteria in her system. He suggested probiotics 3x a day, and for the next 3 weeks no dairy products, wheat products, tea, artificial sweetener and tomatoes. The imbalance is causing stress on her system which then triggers headaches. We are trying it, but this no dairy and no wheat is a big change for us. I am following the diet with her just so she doesn't have to go it alone. We have found that we like soy milk. However, we are definitely missing breads. Any advice on that end would be greatly appreciated!
Mar 31, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Hi! I just saw this, but have to shut the computer off and go to bed...I will try to respond or email tomorrow. Just wanted to let you know I saw it and I'm glad to hear from you...I'd love to hear more about what natural things you're trying!
Apr 23, 2008
zorket
Elizabeth - mom of 5 - 2 with GERD
"joints hurting"
I'm glad to read that your daughter is doing better. You might also want to consider having her tested for Lyme Disease which can cause the joint pain - and be some helped by the repeated doses of antibiotics, but not cured. We went through all of that, too. My own daughter (age 8) is having a very difficult time with her reflux, so it's good to read what other's are doing. I guess she's at the point of needing another upper endoscopy to see where she is at right now. This is a frustrating process at best. Elizabeth (mom of 5 - 2 with reflux)
Apr 23, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Hi, Elizabeth! Sorry to hear about the Lyme disease. Sorry your 8 yr old is having such a hard time, too! What ages are your other kids, and if you have a minute I'd love to hear more about your older kid(s?) with reflux. Has she always had it, or did it appear later on? Hope she's feeling better!
Check with your
doctor first!