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May 11, 2009
debbieb
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
Anxiety make reflux worse in older child?
My 9yr old was diagnosed with endoscopy finally last September after years of trying to figure out what he had. His stomach aches, chest pain, throat pain, coincidentally got worse when we moved into a new house, new school, new town. He had esophagitis, and finally started getting better now that he is on prilosec 40mg 2x/day. The GI doc says it's time to get him off it and put him on anxiety meds(antidepressant). I tried skipping a few days, and my son stopped eating and got throat pain, chest pain back. I think the GI is nuts, but he thinks my sons reflux is due to anxiety, but my son had symptoms before we moved, also. Anyone have experience with this?
May 11, 2009
blueleopard
Pictured: G'mom w/3 kids. I'm mom to 1 angel Melissa (dec'd 11/92 - hypoplastic left-heart syn.)
2 healthy daughters (knock wood) Cory (16), Kim (11) & Eric (4) diagnosed with e.e. (scoped 8/08), GERD & severe food/seasonal allergies, asthma. Cried non-stop first 17 mths. of life Found out he is allergic to cow's milk, soy, eggs, and peanuts. Takes Prevacid, Neocate One Plus & Flovent.
Just wanted to make sure that biopsies were taken and they ruled out EE (eosinophilic esophagitis). If he had EE, emotions would have nothing to do with symptoms. EE trigger foods would have to be removed. If it is "just" a matter of reflux, I'm not sure about the connection between mental health/symptoms, but it is interesting that meds seemed to help. I was having chest pain, throat discomfort, and abdominal issues last summer (lasted about 5-6 mths.) & the GI Dr. tried to put me on anti-depressants too. I didn't take them & eventually felt about 80% better after Jan., but apparently this is something they do. Hope you can figure it out. El
May 11, 2009
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
I am sorry that your son is experiencing some anxiety with the family move. I am blown away that a GI would be suggesting antidepressants for your son.

I would not be considering taking him off of the prilosec if he has just started to get better.

I would keep him on the prilosec for a good while until it seems that his reflux and anxiety are under control.

Yes, anxiety can aggravate reflux but from my very personal opinion I would not be quick to put a nine year old on antidepressants. These types of decisions should only be made under the guidance of a psyciatrist. It may be that your son could benefit from some counseling to help him deal with this transition. The ninth year is a year of personal change that he may need some help working through this.

My son is on medication for his ADHD and it was a last, last, last resort. Medication can be a lifesaver for some kids but I would try all other routes possible first.

Of course this is just my very humble opinion.

May 11, 2009
debbieb
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
They found 15eos. in biopsy, but said it was not EE, no rings, furrows in esophagus, it looked great, I guess. The GI doc was thinking it was more of an IBS type thing, so antidepressant is a treatment they try for that. I'm thinking I will keep him on them at least until school is out, them try weaning down and see what happens. El, did you figure out what caused your symptoms last summer?
May 12, 2009
blueleopard
Pictured: G'mom w/3 kids. I'm mom to 1 angel Melissa (dec'd 11/92 - hypoplastic left-heart syn.)
2 healthy daughters (knock wood) Cory (16), Kim (11) & Eric (4) diagnosed with e.e. (scoped 8/08), GERD & severe food/seasonal allergies, asthma. Cried non-stop first 17 mths. of life Found out he is allergic to cow's milk, soy, eggs, and peanuts. Takes Prevacid, Neocate One Plus & Flovent.
Keep in mind 15 eos. in the esophagus is the cut off for EE. Was he on an acid-inhibitor (like Prevacid) at the time of the scope? If not, reflux could be the culprit. A normal person should have no eos. in the esophagus. They do not go by how the esophagus looks either, as some individuals with EE can have 70 eos. & have an esophagus that looks great. As far as what was causing my symptoms, I am getting blood work done today because of joint pain that has lasted over a year. My other symptoms could have been part of a flare of an auto-immune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. This is my theory, yet to be proved or disproved. The scope I had in Jan. showed nothing. Take Care, El
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