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Old 09-14-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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upper respiratory allergies - question

My 5yr. old was just diagnosed w/ upper respiratory allergies....both myself and my 7yr. old daughter suffer from allergies as well.....my daughter's dr. is out of the office this week....possibly next week as well due to a family emergency......does anyone know....are stomach aches (cramping) a possible symptom of allergies? My daughter has been complaining of this lately....last month of so.....I know...this could be anything....but I want to know if it's also common w/ allergies too...w/ all the symptoms that can go along....I mean I think to how I've been suffering w/ my own....on the days where I forget to take my meds....I can feel so bad I can feel like I'm coming down w/ a major cold or even the flu...and then w/in a couple hours of taking my med (rhinocort aqua)....I feel GREAT again.....so I wonder if it's possible that her stomach cramps can be a symptom of her allergies just like in myself I deal w/ symptoms that leave me feeling like I'm getting a major cold or flu. Again....I know one has to be careful because stomach aches can be a symptom of many things....but if one were to say...no....stomach aches could NEVER be a symptom of allergies....well I know I would not to mess around waiting for her dr. to come back .....I would immediatly call and schedule an appt. w/ her pediatrician. We have one dr. ....a pediatrician for certain types of visits....and then we have another dr....a specialist...for her allergies. He will hopefully be in the office next Monday. If not....and it sounds like he'll be out all next week...then yes...I will consider checking w/ our ped. for his thoughts......in the meantime.....any ideas on this one from people dealing w/ allergies?

My thoughts thus far is that this is a symptom and she may simply need a stronger med...right now she's on about the weakest thing possible just to start...dr. wanted to start out low nad work up as need be...............

 
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:18 AM   #2
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Re: upper respiratory allergies - question

Stomach aches could be a food allergy, I'd think.

 
Old 09-14-2006, 01:44 PM   #3
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Re: upper respiratory allergies - question

A food allergy could cause stomach upset as could sinus drainage from the respiratory allergies. But both are usually more upset, queasy type rather than pain, per se. Thought the food allergies can cause cramping. But if she hasn't had this before, I'd figure it was something else.

 
Old 09-14-2006, 07:12 PM   #4
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I thought of drainage as a cause, too. But then I also thought it would be more of a sickly feeling--not cramping pain. I'd go back and talk with the doctor again.

 
Old 09-14-2006, 08:56 PM   #5
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Re: upper respiratory allergies - question

Acid Reflux. The upper respiratory issues are being caused by gaseous acid in the throat and nasal passages. The stomach pains may actually be lower-esophogeal reflux, caused by regular reflux or a hiatal hernia.

I don't have the energy right now to fight for my point of view, so I'm going to ask you to simply visit the acid reflux message board and post more detailed symptoms. Secondly, see your doctor for a prescription of a good proton-pump inhibitor (a type of acid reflux medication). Since you are experiencing upper respiratory symptoms as well, that indicates you have LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux) as well as regular reflux (GERD - the stomach pain). Since you have LPR, you'll need a double dose of a PPI. So you'll need 80 mg of Nexium a day instead of 40 mg, for instance.

Do a little research on "GERD", "gastroesophogeal reflux", "LPR", "laryngopharyngeal reflux", and "silent reflux" and you may be surprised.

 
Old 09-16-2006, 08:36 AM   #6
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Re: upper respiratory allergies - question

well........she does have a sinus infection....and she is just getting over pneumonia as well....she's basically had a really nasty cold since the end of July......basically as soon as the pneumonia was ending....she seemed fine for maybe 2 weeks....then this next round started up and we went to the dr....he diagnosed the sinus infection AND allergies.....so all this was going on (in retrospect) about the same time....pneumonia....probably sinus infection .....w/ what everyone is saying about sinus drainage...that would fit w/ the time frame....I'll talk w/ her dr. next week but I wonder if it all goes together then.......would make sense w/ the timing of her stomach aches starting.........

 
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Re: upper respiratory allergies - question

Funny, my allergist/immunolgist asked me if I have reflux, too. I never knew that it was related to allergies, but he said it was.

It might do to get her checked out for reflux/GERD....

 
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