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Old 01-25-2005, 10:56 PM   #1
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9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Well after dealing with my son's upset stomach for nearly 3 years, they have diagnosed it as IBS. He has been on Zantac for the past year and now it doesn't work for him. They have switched him over to a new medication, I wanna say Prevacid or something. I don't have it in front of me right now. But this isn't working either. I know that some of it is his diet, but alot of it is anxiety. It's not like we are strict parents, as a matter of fact, we aren't strict enough. We spoil him to no end. He is an only child. But he's also a really good kid. Never in trouble, good grades, loves Tae Kwon Do and drums. He is a perfectionist though. He gets really disappointed in himself easily. How do we get him to relax? We are the kind of parents that have always told him "You do your best and we will be happy". Even if he brought home a D, we would tell him the same thing. The IBS seems to be a big problem in the morning before school which causes him to be late or absent. He's not a faker, because I make him show me what's in the toilet and it's usually stool mixed with yellow stomach acid.

I just bought a couple of books on IBS. So I am still in the process of reading about it. But I would rather ask you guys, who deal with it all the time, what you would do in my situation.

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Old 01-26-2005, 01:46 PM   #2
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Hi Sixx,

Welcome to the board!

First, I want to tell you that there are other meds in the same catagory as prevacid. Two of them are Nexium and AcipHex they are all PPI's. They may work better for your son. Everybodies different. Ask your doctor about them. I have heart burn and GERD and the Prevacid works for me but, I know other people who it did help at all.

I've never heard of the Yellow acid being part of IBS.

I sorry about your sons anxiety problem. Though it doesn't cause IBS it can sure contribute to it. This might sound strange because he's so young but have you tried relaxation exercises? He can learn them through a therapist or I believe there are some on the tape that you could help him with at home. Some people have tried hypnosis and had some luck. Those tapes also can probably be found on sale. That's the only insight I have. I hope it helps.

I personally have tried the relaxation exercises with good success. I've not tried them for IBS yet but they do help with the anxiety.

Thanks for the post you got me thinking.

I almost forgot chamomile tea it helps with anxiety. It's very calming. You can get it with honey and vanilla in it and it tastes pretty good. There is also a tea call Tension Tamer it has chamomile in it but has more flavor.

Love,

Jamie

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Old 01-28-2005, 10:17 PM   #3
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Jamie,
Thanks for responding to my post. Thanks for the tip on the tea, my husband and I picked that up for our son tonight. Unfortunately, my husband has joint custody of our son, so he is with his mother for the next few days. We have found a hypnotherapist in our area as well. We are going to set up a consultation with her to see if she can help in anyway. Right now, I am not sure if he has any "trigger" foods that cause an attack except for chocolate and donuts. Otherwise almost all of his attacks are brought on by anxiety or stress. It can range from good and bad. Whether it be a test at school or Christmas morning. This is just so frustrating and we feel so helpless. It's horrible being a parent of an IBS child. It breaks your heart. I have been reading everything possible on IBS to see if I can find anything to help. I will write down the medications you listed and ask the doctor about them. Thanks again.

Kelly

 
Old 01-29-2005, 12:05 PM   #4
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Kelly,

I'm thrilled I could help in some small way! I hope your son feels better soon.

By the way I corrected a typo above. The meds are PPI's not SSI"S. I'm sorry for the mistake.

Love,

Jamie

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Old 01-29-2005, 08:04 PM   #5
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

The "yellow acid" you refer to could and probably more than likely is mucous..... which is quite common in IBS patients....

I don't know about the PPI's that princess pea suggests unless he has heartburn problems, which at his age, is quite unlikely.... To tell you the truth, I was put on Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium before I was officially diagnosed w/ IBS... I didn't even have heartburn problems.. And these medicines can cause diarrhea, which was one of my main problems.. funny.. I would suggest your son NOT taking these...

I'm not saying they didn't work for you princess, you give great advice...

A very simple thing to combat the "d" is to take Imodium A-D.... I don't know if you have allowed him to try these, but they are quite safe as far as medicines go... They don't cross the blood-brain barrier, so they are safe for long term use...
Here are some natural therapies... Calcium... It helps bulk up the stool... Give your son papaya enzymes w/ meals, or digestive enzymes... they help ease the digestion process.
You could even start him on a fiberful diet... possibly supplementing w/ something like metamucil.. starting off small, and working to a dose thats best for him. It will helps his intestines to start functioning more properly.

As far as anxiety, he is only 9, so a lot of the anxiety meds are outta the question.

I think if you get the IBS under control, the anxiety will subside and/or it won't effect the IBS as much...

Here is another suggestion of mine for future warning... You said he is only 9... Well, if he develops acne in the pubescent years, DO NOT go to a dermatologist and go on a long-term course of antibiotics... This messes with the digestive system soooooo sooooo much! My gastro doctor and nutrionist both said this could be one of the reasons I started to show symptoms!
Again, its just a warning for the future, because I know you are really concerned about him...

 
Old 01-30-2005, 03:01 PM   #6
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Hi Kelly,

BulletinBoards post made me think of something. There a good book out there called First Year IBS by Heather Von Vorpus. You might find it helpful.

Love,

Jamie

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Old 01-31-2005, 03:48 PM   #7
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Hi guys,

I've heard of "Heather Von Vorous", but this is the first time I've heard of "Jenniffer Von Vorpus". I suppose it is a popular naming scheme because patients are attracted to those kinds of names - just like "Pamela Anderson" or "Leo***** Dicaprio"...

The yellow your son sees in his stools could be due to excess bile dumping too. It could explain the diarrhea. The gall bladder's primary function is to add bile to the digestive process to help in the digestion of fats and to act as a laxative as well as to help control the absorption of water from the stools. However, in IBS patients the gall bladder often misbehaves either adding too much or too little bile to the process. If there is too much bile, water gets unabsorbed and it can lead to watery episodes of diarrhea. If there is too little, you can have too much absorption of water leading to hard stool constipation. Either case can be painful - since too much bile irritates the large intestine, and hard stools are hard to pass.

In order to find out if this is the case, you could ask your doctor to see if he is willing to prescribe cholestid or questran - one is the powder form of the other. Both of these products are used to control cholesterol absorption, but also absorb bile. It may help you.

Cheers, - Raju -

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Old 02-02-2005, 09:08 AM   #8
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

I picked up that book you two were telling me about by Heather. I believe it's the first year with IBS or something. I am mid way through it now. It has been alot of help especially since she brings up children alot in her book. We are trying to talk his mother into letting us take him to hypnotherapy, but for some reason she doesn't want him to go. So, I don't know what to do as far as that. Also, I bought the IBS digestive enzymes online, but I will start him on those as soon as they arrive. It does seem like most of his problems are brought on by stress or anxiety. It's always in the mornings too and always on school days. He seems to be ok on the weekends or at night after school. Every morning is a struggle with him. We get him up early so he can digest his food before school. But about 5 minutes before the bus comes, he heads for the bathroom. My husband and I thought that maybe someone is picking on him at school, but he swears up and down, that's not the case. He is also in Tae Kwon Do which would give him some confidence if that was going on. He also seems to be pretty popular at school as well. I just can't figure out what is going on there that he works himself up over it. The teachers and the principal are very friendly and have told us that they will accomodate him by letting him go to the bathroom whenever necessary. My husband and I are at wits end. If anyone else has some advice, we are willing to try anything.

Thanks,
Kelly

 
Old 03-17-2005, 01:17 PM   #9
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Kelly, I know just what you are going through. My daughter (9) has been having the stomach aches. Finally a doctor has told us she has ibs, but finding out what she needs to do besides taking Metamucil and mineral oil is so frustrating. She is having bms she is not constipated but she seems to not get rid of all of it , she doesn't have d. The pains she is having is hard for me to understand especially when it is school time and she doesn't want to go, but then during the late afternoon she will have a softball game (still has the pain)but will play to get her to go to school is a chore. I understand the pain comes and goes. I am at a point for any suggestions. This is so hard for her and hard for her to explain exactly how she feels. What can we do???? Midge

 
Old 03-18-2005, 12:47 AM   #10
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Midge,
I believe someone on here told me to try these enzyme pills. I believe they are called Digestive Advantage for IBS. If the link doesn't work. Go to ************** and type in IBS in the search bar.

http://www.**************/products/prod.asp?pid=137727&catid=9322&trx=PLST-0-SRCH&trxp1=9322&trxp2=137727&trxp3=1&trx p4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-SRCH

We have had our son on it for probably about a month now and his stomach pains have been completely gone for the past week. This isn't really a medication but more like an enzyme supplement. But there are quite a few 5 star reviews on the product. I went out on a limb and ordered them and I am glad I did. The doctors keep wanting to stick medicine down his throat and I know it can't be good for him. Especially if there is something like a vitamin supplement type thing that works. I would try this and see what happens. But give it a month before you give up on the pills. I believe it said that it takes 2 to 3 weeks to notice an effect.

If this doesn't work for her and you change her diet as well. Then I would take her back to the doctor and see a specialist.

Good Luck!
Kelly

 
Old 03-18-2005, 06:02 PM   #11
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Thanks I will try them, its hard to change her diet when we don't know what is making her feel bad . Right now we are keeping a log on what she eats and how she feels. I did go get some magnesia phos(for cramping) and L. Acidophilus supplements. She takes Metamucil with white cranberry juice, tastes much better than with apple juice. Hope it works. Midge

 
Old 03-18-2005, 09:58 PM   #12
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

Midge,
I would try to keep her away from deep fried foods and chocolate for now, just to see if that helps. I think the L. Acidophilus supplements are a good idea. I was going to recommend that yesterday, but couldn't remember how to spell it. I believe the IBS pills, that I recommended, have that in it as well. Also, if she likes yogurt, you can find some in it too. My husband and I have been shopping at Whole Foods store here lately. It has all organic products. It's a great store. A little pricey, but it's worth it. I think your on the right track though.

Kelly

 
Old 03-22-2005, 10:17 AM   #13
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Re: 9 year old newly diagnosed with IBS

I think maybe soda is causing a problem during the weekend she was better but had a soda sunday night and monday morning she was in pain, we'll just have to go by trial and error, today she had pain but went to school. I am going today to get the digestive advantage tablets. Again thanks for all the information. Midge

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