Posted By Posting
Apr 02, 2010
@ 2 months ago my 10 year old daughter woke up @ 2 PM with a very bad chest pains. After @ 2 hrs of seeing her in pain I took her that a hospital. They gave us some meds and sent us home. The next day I took her to our reg doctor - he gave us more meds. Things got a little better but she would still get a pain in her chest. Nina has been swimming on a swim team for @ 3 years. And she was due to swim at 4 events at the Thai nationals this weekend. However for the past 6 weeks she has been unable to swim for more that an hour with out getting bad chest pains or throwing up. She has lost 3-4 kgs in this time and is in pain often. For the past 3 weeks she has been going to a gastroenteroist. Who put her back on the meds again she is getting a little better again. Over the past month I have read every thing that I could find on girds/ heart burn. We have made some major changes to her diet, keep a log of what she eats, changed her eating times, raised the head of her bed @ 6'' as well as giving her aloe vera drink at least once a day. We have both learned a lot over the past 2 months. I have come to believe that one of the major factors that that may have created this was her eating patterns due to her swimming. For years she as been eating after her swimming practice @ 8:30pm and then with an hour ( max ) going to sleep. Also she has never been a very big water consumer and has had darker urine and has had some problems with constipation for years. This in combination with what we were eating in those late meals is what I believe brought this on. Also the doctors her in Thailand love to hand out antibiotics for any problems that she has - like her ear infections and this problem. So after all my other reading and reading over your forum info. I have to wonder if she has a digestive system imbalance due to all the strain put on it as well as Gerds. Sorry to ramble on about all this. But as I am sure you know watching you kid going thought a major life chance and in lots of pain, has been hard on us both. I guess what I am looking for is some kind of input on all this. Your Forum area is great! Some of the stuff I read was like – Hey that is just what has happened to Nina. And this is the first place that I have found any good info about a child the same age as mine. Got any ideas if the use of Probiotics really works in the long run ? Thanks Gary Whipp
Apr 03, 2010
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Wow, you guys have been through a lot with gerd. I am sorry to hear that Nina had been in so much pain. It sounds like you are taking all of the right steps to get her back to feeling well again. I have gerd and use probiotics. I believe they help a lot. My younger children (including my child with gerd) also take probiotics as well. We have had a lot of success with them. Acidophillus and biffidus strains have worked well for us. They can also help with the constipation/bloating issues that might be contributing to gerd symptoms. There are a lot of new theories about the imbalance of (or lack of) good bacteria in all sorts of GI issues. It wouldn't surprise me if they end up finding a link to gerd or gerd like symptoms.

Did they happen to test her for hpylori? It is a pretty common infection that can cause a lot of these symptoms. The constipation issue is huge with gerd. I know my daughter has to take miralax daily to prevent being constipated. Otherwise she gets so bad that it really causes a ton more gerd symptoms. Some of the meds for gerd can also cause constipation so you may want to ask about the best way to treat it so that her symptoms will get better.

I am sorry you are dealing with all of this but glad you found our site. I hope Nina is doing better today! Please keep us updated.
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