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Old 07-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

My kids (ages 9, 6 and 1) started with these symptoms in October: They would burp the most awful sulphur smelling burps and then eventually throw up (usually at night) and have a day or two of terrible diarrhea. After each episode they would be fine for 3-4 days then it would start all over again. All three kids had the same symptoms.They were tested and retested for all kinds of things including giardia (had an Ova & Parsite test and Giardia antigen test done) , all kinds of parasites, C. Diff, Ecoli, Salmonella and I can't even remember what all. $1000+ worth of tests and NOTHING!!! After getting no where with our regular dr and seeing another Dr. the kids were put on Flagyl and did a little better for a couple of weeks. When the symptoms came back again we were referred to a pediactric gastroenterologist. By this time the kids had been sick for over 2 months. They booked us for an "emergeny" appt which had a wait of over 3 months!!!! I'd hate to see how long we'd have to wait for a non-emergency appt! By the time our appt. came the kids were symtom free for over 6 weeks so I rescheduled just to be sure it was gone before cancelling. The next appt. came and they were all still symptom free so I cancelled. Now they are having symptoms again, although they are milder. I do notice that they all have problems when I give them juice, especially the Wal Mart brand 100% fruit punch blend. We are currently avoiding juice of any kind. That is the only consistet food trigger I have noticed. I am thinking maybe whatever the cause of all this was might be gone, hopefully, and now they just need to rebuild the healthy bacteria in their systems??? Thinking to try probiotics and maybe acidopholus (sp?) Also thinking of doing a 2 week round of papaya seed as a cleanse. Anyone else have any suggestions or similar experiences?
BTW, we tested our well water and it was fine. We also have been drinking and cooking exclusively with bottled water since all this started just in case it was related to the well water. It has been so frustrating and I am very disappointed in the medical community and their lack of interest or concern over our case. One Dr. told me she thought the cause was that I was feeding the kids too rich foods. Right. All of a sudden they all just mysteriously developed an adverse reaction to my cooking? All three kids??? At the same time??? What a waste of a co pay.
I'd love to hear any input. This has been so frustrating! Thanks!

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

My 3 kids have similar symptoms. They have had diarrhea continuously for 23 days. They vomit for a few days and then it takes a break for up to 1 week. My oldest (5 years) was admitted one day for dehydration and low potassium. She still has a ton of pain and her abdomen is hard as a rock from the gas build-up. Her pediatrician has been in contact with a GI specialist and we started her on Metronidazole (antibiotic). We'll see how it goes. How are your kids doing?

 
Old 08-12-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

So sorry that your kids are having such a rough time! That is miserable! Do you have a well or are you on city water? We still don't really have a diagnosis for the original problem but we have discovered that real fruit juice triggers the symptoms so we are avoiding that right now. The kids drink Powerade and water mostly now. They can have fruit just not fruit juice. We haven't had any more episodes in the last few weeks. I still wonder about some star fruit we got REALLY cheap at WalMart right before the diarrhea and vomiting started. I've read that sometime exotic fruits can be contaminated if they come from places where the water or sanitation isn't good. I hope your kids are feeling better soon. It is so hard when they are sick and there don't seem to be any answers.

 
Old 08-13-2012, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

We're on well water. We're in the process of getting it tested. There is no correlation with fruit. We eat organic fruit, so i know there are no pesticides or herbicides on them. The kids are eating dairy-free, but haven't noticed a difference. We've been doing water and Gatorade...and lots of potassium-rich foods. Today is a good day...no vomitting and diarrhea less often. I'm so looking forward to a solid stool though! We're on day 24. Best wishes to you too.

 
Old 10-14-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

We are having the same problem as described above with my son, 6 years old. He has vomiting and diarrhea almost every day with occasionally a couple of good days in between. He has a sister who is perfectly fine. We are currently on day 25 and have been running tests for the last few weeks. I would love to hear if anyone has any answers or updates since their last post. Thank you! Just finding this site is a blessing. I pray your little ones are all well!

 
Old 10-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

Sorry to hear about your son. It's so frustrating that we can't take the sickness on ourselves. I'm still wondering if that drug helped. I'm assuming your son had stool specimens analyzed. We had numerous testing ithe hospital...nothing showed up. I think it would be worth asking.

On a happy note, my kids' illness suddenly disappeared. Hopefully the same goes with your situation.

 
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:00 AM   #7
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

I suffered from the exact same thing on and off as a child. I used to get it once a week, then every couple of weeks, then every month or so between the ages of 6 and 12. The smell of the burps was the worst because they were the first symptom to appear, so I knew I was in for vomiting and diarrhea for a couple of days. Doctors were no help; a few of them thought I was making it up because they had never heard of the condition before.
By the time I hit my teens, the problem had more or less gone away (maybe once a year), but I did have an episode about 5 years ago at the age of 35, although it was nowhere near as severe as it was when I was a child.

You may never find what the trigger is (I never did) but I wouldn't be concerned about any long-term effects. You can safely rule out your well water. I experienced these symptoms in multiple cities I lived in as a child.

Ginger-ale and Kraft Dinner were my best friends during these episodes. The carbonation of the ginger-ale was good because it lessened the smell of my burps, at least temporarily; the Kraft Dinner was easy to eat and easy to throw up.

My heart goes out to your children. I hope the symptoms lessen over time like mine did.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:51 AM   #8
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I have the same symptoms it started yesterday and its still here and painfull http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif

 
Old 11-29-2012, 12:05 AM   #9
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

I have had sulfur burps --> vomiting + diarrhea since I was 13; I'm 42 now. My mom took me for a lot of tests, which showed nothing, and we gave up. I had episodes on average about every 2 weeks. Things got worse at one point during college, and I went to an allergist, just because I had been to every other type of doctor. He did a bunch of skin scratch tests and gave me a list of 20 foods I was allergic to. I didn't quite believe in any of this, but I stuck to the diet and did well. Gradually, I strayed. Gradually, all the episodes came back. It took me until I was 30 years old to understand that yes, my problem is a food allergy. There may be many causes for these symptoms, but in my case at least, it is food allergies. I am allergic to eggs, garlic, dates, cherries, dill, and cantaloupe.

Some may say that what I have is not a true food allergy, but in other, similar cases, all the biological hallmarks of allergy are seen on biopsy. Whether you want to call it a true allergy or intolerance or whatever, the point here is that these foods trigger a predictable, repeatable reaction by immune system.

Another thing to point out is that skin scratch tests are not at all always reliable indicators of food allergies such as mine. Not all such allergies show up on scratch tests, and some extra things can show up on scratch tests that one is not actually allergic to, as well.

Here's what happens to me. (Don't read if this will gross you out.) I eat various foods that I'm allergic to, and my sensitivity to them builds up. Finally, I eat some amount of one of the foods I'm allergic to - the amount varies with each food; I'm way more allergic to some things than to others - and an episode starts. As a teenager and young adult, it could start any time of day. My food wouldn't digest and would sit in my stomach for 10-12 hours. Then come the sulfur burps, and at that point, it's inevitable. I get some stomach and intestinal discomfort, the diarrhea starts, and then I throw up. Each vomiting episode consists of several bouts of retching, with simultaneous diarrhea. I typically have several episodes about 30-60 min. apart, until I have thrown up absolutely everything in my stomach, down to the yellowish bile. Once I've thrown up the bile, I'm done throwing up. I may have a few more episodes of diarrhea, and I'm totally exhausted and can hardly move probably because there's just no nourishment left in me. The nausea may continue mostly at a low level throughout the next 12 hours or so, and I don't eat for most of the next 12 hours. After a few hours, I start drinking 7-Up, and once I can hold that down, my energy starts to come back. When I start eating food, I stick to the BRAT (bananas-rice-applesauce-toast) diet. Then the next day, I'm fine. Nowadays, my episodes almost invariably start in the early morning, and I start throwing up at about 6:00 am. Lately, I've been having more of these, which is why I'm here!!!

I've found that my allergies have changed a bit over time, but not much. I've gradually added more foods to the list, for one thing, and I've never become un-allergic to something. (How do I know? There are always occasional mishaps, where I eat something that I didn't know contained a food I'm allergic to; then I suffer.) And, like I said, my episodes are almost exclusively in the mornings now. I suspect that the reason I'm having more trouble right now is that I'm becoming more allergic to garlic. I had a little ketchup today (very little), and now I'm at the sulfur burp stage. Ketchup, I've just now realized, has garlic, and I used to be able to eat it without difficulty. But now I can forget commercial pasta sauces & ketchup. I had a terrible episode a few weeks ago after eating spaghetti with a marinara sauce from the grocery store.

Another thing: once I eliminated the things I'm allergic to from my diet for a while, together with dairy for a couple weeks because the allergic reaction rips up my stomach lining and causes a temporary (secondary) lactose intolerance, I felt better than I ever thought it was possible to feel. I didn't know that people didn't get low-level nausea pretty much every time they ate. I had never experienced life without chronic, low-level nausea and discomfort.

So, of course, I wonder whether all of you may have allergies to one or more common foods. You could consult an allergist who specializes in food allergies, or a gastroenterologist who knows about such things. In the end, it was a knowledgeable gastroenterologist who solved my problem.

You could also consider trying - in consultation with your doctor - an elimination diet. Try 2-3 days of just boiled white rice, for instance, maybe with a little vegetable oil, because it's really hard to get enough calories eating just boiled white rice. Then gradually add more foods. I'm not medically trained; please do consult your doctor before embarking on an elimination diet.

Now, I'm dealing with related issues in my kids. My older son had a (different) reaction to milk in his first and second years of life. My younger son, now 3, was entering failure to thrive territory (very low weight), and his gastroenterologist suspects wheat allergy, and maybe allergies to other things. His symptoms are also different. As his gastroenterologist says, allergies can be specific to even very small sections of the gastrointestinal tract. His skin test is negative for wheat, by the way, but we and everyone else noticed a huge difference when he stopped eating it.

Anyway, I hope this helps someone. Very best wishes to all of you. I know how unpleasant all of this is.

 
Old 11-29-2012, 09:21 PM   #10
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

I have had sulfur burps --> vomiting + diarrhea since I was 13; I'm 42 now. My mom took me for a lot of tests, which showed nothing, and we gave up. I had episodes on average about every 2 weeks. Things got worse at one point during college, and I went to an allergist, just because I had been to every other type of doctor. He did a bunch of skin scratch tests and gave me a list of 20 foods I was allergic to. I didn't quite believe in any of this, but I stuck to the diet and did well. Gradually, I strayed. Gradually, all the episodes came back. It took me until I was 30 years old to understand that yes, my problem is a food allergy. There may be many causes for these symptoms, but in my case at least, it is food allergies. I am allergic to eggs, garlic, dates, cherries, dill, and cantaloupe.

Some may say that what I have is not a true food allergy, but in other, similar cases, all the biological hallmarks of allergy are seen on biopsy. Whether you want to call it a true allergy or intolerance or whatever, the point here is that these foods trigger a predictable, repeatable reaction by immune system.

Another thing to point out is that skin scratch tests are not at all always reliable indicators of food allergies such as mine. Not all such allergies show up on scratch tests, and some extra things can show up on scratch tests that one is not actually allergic to, as well.

Here's what happens to me. (Don't read if this will gross you out.) I eat various foods that I'm allergic to, and my sensitivity to them builds up. Finally, I eat some amount of one of the foods I'm allergic to - the amount varies with each food; I'm way more allergic to some things than to others - and an episode starts. As a teenager and young adult, it could start any time of day. My food wouldn't digest and would sit in my stomach for 10-12 hours. Then come the sulfur burps, and at that point, it's inevitable. I get some stomach and intestinal discomfort, the diarrhea starts, and then I throw up. Each vomiting episode consists of several bouts of retching, with simultaneous diarrhea. I typically have several episodes about 30-60 min. apart, until I have thrown up absolutely everything in my stomach, down to the yellowish bile. Once I've thrown up the bile, I'm done throwing up. I may have a few more episodes of diarrhea, and I'm totally exhausted and can hardly move probably because there's just no nourishment left in me. The nausea may continue mostly at a low level throughout the next 12 hours or so, and I don't eat for most of the next 12 hours. After a few hours, I start drinking 7-Up, and once I can hold that down, my energy starts to come back. When I start eating food, I stick to the BRAT (bananas-rice-applesauce-toast) diet. Then the next day, I'm fine. Nowadays, my episodes almost invariably start in the early morning, and I start throwing up at about 6:00 am. Lately, I've been having more of these, which is why I'm here!!!

I've found that my allergies have changed a bit over time, but not much. I've gradually added more foods to the list, for one thing, and I've never become un-allergic to something. (How do I know? There are always occasional mishaps, where I eat something that I didn't know contained a food I'm allergic to; then I suffer.) And, like I said, my episodes are almost exclusively in the mornings now. I suspect that the reason I'm having more trouble right now is that I'm becoming more allergic to garlic. I had a little ketchup today (very little), and now I'm at the sulfur burp stage. Ketchup, I've just now realized, has garlic, and I used to be able to eat it without difficulty. But now I can forget commercial pasta sauces & ketchup. I had a terrible episode a few weeks ago after eating spaghetti with a marinara sauce from the grocery store.

Another thing: once I eliminated the things I'm allergic to from my diet for a while, together with dairy for a couple weeks because the allergic reaction rips up my stomach lining and causes a temporary (secondary) lactose intolerance, I felt better than I ever thought it was possible to feel. I didn't know that people didn't get low-level nausea pretty much every time they ate. I had never experienced life without chronic, low-level nausea and discomfort.

So, of course, I wonder whether all of you may have allergies to one or more common foods. You could consult an allergist who specializes in food allergies, or a gastroenterologist who knows about such things. In the end, it was a knowledgeable gastroenterologist who solved my problem.

You could also consider trying - in consultation with your doctor - an elimination diet. Try 2-3 days of just boiled white rice, for instance, maybe with a little vegetable oil, because it's really hard to get enough calories eating just boiled white rice. Then gradually add more foods. I'm not medically trained; please do consult your doctor before embarking on an elimination diet.

Now, I'm dealing with related issues in my kids. My older son had a (different) reaction to milk in his first and second years of life. My younger son, now 3, was entering failure to thrive territory (very low weight), and his gastroenterologist suspects wheat allergy, and maybe allergies to other things. His symptoms are also different. As his gastroenterologist says, allergies can be specific to even very small sections of the gastrointestinal tract. His skin test is negative for wheat, by the way, but we and everyone else noticed a huge difference when he stopped eating it.

Anyway, I hope this helps someone. Very best wishes to all of you. I know how unpleasant all of this is.

 
Old 02-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #11
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Re: Sulphur burps, vomiting and diarrhea: recurring

WOW. As soon as I read the words "fruit punch" I said "NO WAY..."
Fruit punch is one of the few foods I've sworn off because one of my worst sulfur burp/vomit episodes was after I had fruit punch.
I had been having the episodes since I was 10 or 11. They were few and far between but as I got older, they increased. As many others stated, there seemed to be no reason. My older sister and younger brother were fine. When I was 17 I had my gallbladder removed due to stones and these "attacks." I went from having 2-3 episodes a month to maybe once a year.

Just a week ago I had the worst episode that I've ever experienced, which led to me resorting to the internet again. There is actually more about this now than there used to be, which is saying something since there isn't much now either. It is hard for me to say the whole thing is gallbladder related, especially hearing it happened to your 3 children all at once. I DID just read someone with the same problem went to an allergist and it turned out she was allergic to 20 different foods. One of the allergies she mentioned was to dill. This struck me as odd as my grandma had just confided in me that she added dill juice to something we had just ate. Right before I got sick. So now I'm curious and anxious to see an allergist...

It sounds to me like your 3 kids had an allergic reaction to something they ate. I highly recommend making a food journal for whenever your kids get sick and write down EVERYTHING they've had for the past 48 hours or so, since my episodes had very subtle symptoms a day before the burps and vomiting started, which mean it could have been the previous day's meals. Do you remember what your children ate before they got sick? I finally feel like I'm getting closer to answers after reading these posts! I can't wait until I have health insurance in April to go get tested!!!!

 
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I was so glad to find this thread! Two of my children (6 and 8) have started these symptoms this month. I haven't been to the doctor because I figured it was a virus and would be a waste of my money(we have to pay $1500 before the insurance will pay anything). This is making sense. I have food allergies but haven't had these symptoms except the diarrhea with milk and throwing up from Lactaid pills when I was younger.
I would love to hear updates anyone has. I am thinking of having my kids tested at the doctor for food allergies though I know they will not like the blood test. I have at least 20 food allergies or sensitivities and none of them showed up on a scratch test. Most of them did show up on a blood test and bio meridian testing.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:32 AM   #13
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Update: My son, 6 years old at the time, got better after 45 days of throwing up and diarrhea every day/night with the exception of 4 days. It was so bad that I had to sleep with him at night because he would start throwing up in his sleep. Prayer is the only thing that got me through. We ran test after test and found nothing, no gluten or other food allergies, no virus, no bacteria, did a scope down his throat and colonoscopy. All fine. Thankfully he just got better. I read about others where the tests turned up something so I'm not advocating skipping the tests but just wanted to share my experience. It has been several months since then and we have had no episodes. He is a changed boy and has even gained his weight back but that took several months. Thank you to everyone for posting.

 
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