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Old 11-06-2008, 01:33 AM   #1
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5 year old with abdominal pain

Saturday morning, my 5 year old sister started complaining about stomach pain. She threw up a little bit and after a few hours felt fine. We thought it was over, but Sunday evening she started having pain again. There was not vomiting, no diarrhea and no fever. She felt fine Monday morning, so she went to school. Then later that night, the pain comes back.

The same thing happened Tuesday and Wednesday. She feels fine mornings and afternoons, with some occasional discomfort. The pain on Saturday and Sunday wasn't too bad. She still felt well enough to walk around, but it's gotten worse these past few days. Once it starts, she lays in bed crying about the pain. Since the pain has increased, she'll cry about it for 5-15 minutes then fall asleep for 15-60 minutes. She'll wake up, cry about the pain, then fall back asleep. This goes on from about 6 pm till about midnight.

My mom has called nurse help lines and taken her to the emergency room, but they all say the same thing. They say it sounds like some virus in her intestine that's causing her muscles to cramp. They tested her urine and didn't find anything. The nurse suggested having her drink warm water and keep a warm cloth on her stomach, but that didn't helped much. The doctor at the hospital prescribed children's ibuprofen. When she started having pain this evening, we gave her a dose, but it didn't help much either.

Does anybody know what this is? If it's a virus, how long does it usually last? Do you have any other ideas of something that might help?

 
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:03 AM   #2
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Re: 5 year old with abdominal pain

Is she eating ok? Did they test her appendix? I'd ask my doctor refer her to a specialist.

 
Old 11-06-2008, 02:18 AM   #3
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Re: 5 year old with abdominal pain

She ate dinner with the rest of us and she was in pain tonight just like monday and tuesday. Her appendix is one of the first things we thought of. My 15 year old sister had to get hers out October 07 and my 8 year old brother had to get his out this past July. Their pain was on the side of their abdomen and her pain is more in the center. I didn't go when my mom took her to the emergency room, but I'm sure she asked about appendicitis. I know they tested her urine, would that detect appendicitis?

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Old 02-18-2009, 03:05 AM   #4
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Re: 5 year old with abdominal pain

My son is experiencing the same thing. Night one was complaining of a stomach ache and would wake crying hysterically. Night two I decided to take him to the ER at 1am because he would wake every hour crying. Because of the pain by the belly button we thought it was possible appendicitis. Once at the ER they tested him by pushing down in the area and had him even jump up and down and decided that it's possibily him being constipated.

We are now on night #4 and it's still the same. Yesterday afternoon he seemed a little better but the pain still occurred in the sleep hours tonight.

How long did this virus last for your child? And did you end up getting any answers about what it is??

We suspect the flu but what is strange is there is no vomiting or diahrrea and even no fever. His twin is developing the same symptoms but is not waking as of tonight with the pain.

Would love some input with this. We are at a loss. I plan to take him to the dr. tomorrow just to be on the safe side.

Thank you!

 
Old 02-19-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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We actually never found out what it was. We just tried to comfort her and it went away after a few days.

 
Old 02-26-2010, 12:43 PM   #6
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Re: 5 year old with abdominal pain

I have just come across your comments and Im amazed that I am going through the same thing with my son (5years old) he gets the pain worse during the night and crys until he falls asleep. We have been to the hospital twice as the screaming was awful, then today I have taken him to my Doctor who has no idea and has given him stool softner? His pain is right behind his belly button and comes and goes but when hes got it oh he does cry bless him. Im going out of my mind and am going to have to go back to the doctors monday if this medicine doesn't work. Hes had it two weeks nearly, how long did your littleones have their pain and did you find out what it was??

 
Old 02-27-2010, 01:02 PM   #7
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I have just come across your comments and Im amazed that I am going through the same thing with my son (5years old) he gets the pain worse during the night and crys until he falls asleep. We have been to the hospital twice as the screaming was awful, then today I have taken him to my Doctor who has no idea and has given him stool softner? His pain is right behind his belly button and comes and goes but when hes got it oh he does cry bless him. Im going out of my mind and am going to have to go back to the doctors monday if this medicine doesn't work. Hes had it two weeks nearly, how long did your littleones have their pain and did you find out what it was??
I don't think we ever found out what the problem was. She had the pain off and on for about a week and then it just stopped. I'm sorry to hear your case has lasted longer.

 
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I have just come across your comments and Im amazed that I am going through the same thing with my son (5years old) he gets the pain worse during the night and crys until he falls asleep. We have been to the hospital twice as the screaming was awful, then today I have taken him to my Doctor who has no idea and has given him stool softner? His pain is right behind his belly button and comes and goes but when hes got it oh he does cry bless him. Im going out of my mind and am going to have to go back to the doctors monday if this medicine doesn't work. Hes had it two weeks nearly, how long did your littleones have their pain and did you find out what it was??
Hi,

Sorry to hear that your little one is having problems. Just make sure that it's not his appendix. When I was little I had pain off and on for years, severe stomach pain. The doctors could never find out what was wrong.

It took until I got into my 40's to find out all of that time, I'd been suffering from chronic appendicitis. They never found it because my appendix is retrocecal and hidden behind my colon and other organs. Thankfully it never burst.

 
Old 04-20-2010, 10:50 PM   #9
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I have just come across your comments and Im amazed that I am going through the same thing with my son (5years old) he gets the pain worse during the night and crys until he falls asleep. We have been to the hospital twice as the screaming was awful, then today I have taken him to my Doctor who has no idea and has given him stool softner? His pain is right behind his belly button and comes and goes but when hes got it oh he does cry bless him. Im going out of my mind and am going to have to go back to the doctors monday if this medicine doesn't work. Hes had it two weeks nearly, how long did your littleones have their pain and did you find out what it was??
Did you ever find anything out? My 2 year old (will be 3 in a month) has very similar stomach pain. It has lasted for over 2 weeks now. It comes and goes during the day and seems to wake her up about every hour or so at night, then she will be up for about an hour being very uncomfortable, rolling from side to side etc. We have been to the pediatrician and er. Have had chest x-rays, blood tests, urine tests, even a spinal tap to test her spinal fluid - all test came back with nothing out of the ordinary... During the day she will for the most part just lay on the couch and do nothing. She has no appetite at all and hardly eats anything.

 
Old 04-22-2010, 03:30 AM   #10
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Hi, I was exactly the same my son was tested for everything and the hospitals just sent him home and told me to wait it out -which is easier said than done as you will know, the screaming was awful! After about 2 weeks I went back to the drs and she gave him some stool softner and we thought that was it.... unfortunately not he had the pains for a further week or so and then eventually it just stopped! The only explanation I could give you is that it is some kind of tummy/intestine bug that last a long time?! A few people have told me that they have experienced the exact same thing and that after 3-4 weeks thyere fine. I was worried sick, I know it sounds hard but all you can do is be there until it passes, I hope it sorts itself out very soon, theres nothing more you can do if youve taken him for the tests etc. Good luck

 
Old 01-22-2011, 08:24 AM   #11
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Re: 5 year old with abdominal pain

Just wanted to post a follow up on what we found with our daughter... After weeks of tests and no answers a friend suggested we visit a nutritionist that she knew who does muscle response testing to find what is "wrong" or out of balance with the body. We went - and found out that she had a massive yeast infection going on in her stomach, and that the yeast had pretty much spread everywhere affecting some of her organs causing problems. We put her on a regiment of natural supplements and with in days we saw improvement in her health and she was sleeping through the night. Eventually she recovered fully. We still go every couple months to her and get a check up to make sure all is well - as something like this could have a tendency to flair up again - so far so good, once she tested for a a little yeast coming back, and of course we started her back on the Natural supplements and all is well..... For all those looking for answers out there.. Good luck.....

 
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