I have this one kid. Child X. I've referred to each of my kids at one point in time or another as Child X.
Child X has had a stomach ache for close to a year. Child X has lots of anxiety, and so we all (a couple of doctors + parents = a team in my book) considered that it was a nervous condition and worked on behaviour mods.
We took lactose out of the diet. Didn't seem to help, as in the stomach aches still continued, but oddly enough, grew worse when we reintroduced the lactose - so out it stayed and the stomach still hurt. Child X burped and burped and burped.
Child X had such a tough year at school with bullying and educational issues that I was just certain it was a emotional issue. Child X blew through two industrial size bottles of Tums.
We tested for additional food allergies. Nothing.
We were told to try Prilosec. No help. Went to Prevacid - which helped somewhat. It helped a bit more when the allergist doubled the dose. Still the stomach aches continued. Finally, we were given a gastro consult. Five months away.
And so we waited. And endured. And worked more on behavior mod and kept a food journal and a bathroom habits journal and really tried to puzzle this out. We've got several upper and lower intestional issues in the family - Crohn's, IBS, hernias and ulcers and strictures and whatnot. I mapped it all out in a super handy chart.
I am super organized. Really, I am.
Gastro this week said it's probably one of three things. Celiac, an ulcer or Eosinophilic esophagitis. We went for a huge blood draw this week - oh, yay, that was heaps of fun for me but even worse for the kid on the receiving end of the Vampire squad - nothing quite so much fun as holding your kid down while the screams come in your ears and you know it hurts and burns, but it's super necessary.
Tomorrow is an Upper GI. Child X is RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED that tomorrow will be a glowing, radioactive day.
We've got a, um, containment specimen to obtain and have to double the prevacid AGAIN.
Hello, Child X, who reads here. You are fine. Don't worry about it. I promise. :) Tomorrow means no breakfast for you, but after we have the test, I think you should get a big bowl of lactose free ice cream. Or some cookies.
Answers would be really nice for me tomorrow.