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My 8 year old daughter began complaining in early April of stomach pain around her belly button and her lower back with frequent urination. She was diagnosed with a UTI and given antibiotics. I gave her Claritin for seasonal allergies for a short time. The UTI cleared up but the pain continues to be around her belly button, lower back and sometimes on the right side. Her lymph nodes in her neck were swollen, she was tired and experienced flu like aches. Tests for mono and streph were negative. We took her to the ER the end of April. ER doc said x-ray showed constipation and she was given Miralax. We told the ER that her bowel movements hadn't changed but were told sometimes children won't tell the whole truth when it comes to bowel movements. Began the Miralax but with no relief from the pain. We went back to our doctor who check blood and urine again (all negative results) and referred her to a pediatric gastro. I began giving her a probiotic. While waiting ped gastro appointment we went back to the ER (xray showed constipation). We were told to give her Mag citrate and continue the Miralax. We felt she was pretty well cleaned out but the pain continued same as before. We then called our doctor and asked that they call and request the Pediatric gastro work her in sooner. We finally saw the pediatric gastro. At this time he did not believe it was IBS because the pain was waking her up at night. I told him that the only time she had any relief was when I gave her a Benadryl at night. He reviewed her xrays and felt the first ER visit xray did not show constipation but the xray from the second visit could be viewed as constipation. He did blood work, urine test and stool test which were all negative except for one blood test (immunoglob d) which was high and pointed to Hyper Igd. We began to slowly wean her off Miralax and we started Citracel and continued the probiotic. He prescribed an antispasmodic which we tried for several days. The pain didn't let up. We called and talked with the on call doc and was given a different antispasmodic which didn't touch the pain either. We then were given a third antispamodic (bella donna...) which didn't work. While talking with that on call doc and relating her history to him he suggested that it may be her bladder. I googled stomach pain along with bladder and it suggested that antihistamines may help the pain. I remembered the pain was slightly reduced while she was taking the Claritin. We stopped the antispasmodic medication and began Claritin during the day and Benadryl at night -- her pain was greatly reduced. She recently had an ultrasound (all normal) upper GI, urine test, xray and blood work. Upper GI showed everything looked good and the urine was negative. The blood work for the immunoglob d was still elevated but closer to normal so Hyper Igd was ruled out. Her xray indicated constipation. We are living day to day with more questions than answers and our 8 year old daughter just wants the stomach pain to stop. We go back to the pediatric gastro on Monday but I get the feeling he's done all the tests to do and it's gonna be a IBS diagnosis. If it is IBS then we'll move forward but I just feel like we're missing something and I don't know the right questions to ask. Is it possible to have an inflammation of the bladder and it not show up in all these blood tests? Also I've been reading about chronic appendicitis -- what are the chances of that and could a high powered antibiotic possibly clear up a bladder issue or chronic appendicitis? Should we take our daughter to an urologist? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Our daughter's summer break has been truly miserable for her. I can't believe it's been this long with no relief for her. Thanks much.
 

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I realize your post was from a few months ago, but I found it when I was researching abdominal pain in children.I'm not answering this because I have any answers but thought you might gain some insight from my experience. I grew up with chronic abdominal pain that started around age 9. Maybe younger since I was hospitalized with a bladder infection at age 5. I am not sure how many times my mom took me to the emergency room or doctors office for abdominal pain but it was a lot. When I started menstruating at age 11 the pain only got worse. Once I got married and started trying to have children I struggled with infertility. After a Hysterosalpingogram, they discovered that I had a lot of scar tissue in my fallopian tubes. I had also suffered one ectopic pregnancy that caused the loss of the entire right tube. After some fertility treatments and another ectopic pregnancy, I did manage to give birth to two beautiful children. After my second child was born I decided enough was enough and decided to have my tubes tied in order to prevent another pregnancy loss. During that surgery the Doctor finally discovered that I had severe endometriosis not only on my uterus, but on my bowels and bladder. The endometriosis had caused a lot of scar tissue throughout my abdomen. A month later I had a hysterectomy and the reduction of pain has been enormous. There is a history of abdominal problems with women in my family and all the women have had early hysterectomies. I was the oldest at age 33. My daughter (9) is now complaining of abdominal pain. There really isn't anything to do now, but I have some ideas what to watch out for. Of course, I have no scientific proof that my pain was caused by the same problem my whole life, but it makes sense to me!
 

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I realize your post was from a few months ago, but I found it when I was researching abdominal pain in children.I'm not answering this because I have any answers but thought you might gain some insight from my experience. I grew up with chronic abdominal pain that started around age 9. Maybe younger since I was hospitalized with a bladder infection at age 5. I am not sure how many times my mom took me to the emergency room or doctors office for abdominal pain but it was a lot. When I started menstruating at age 11 the pain only got worse. Once I got married and started trying to have children I struggled with infertility. After a Hysterosalpingogram, they discovered that I had a lot of scar tissue in my fallopian tubes. I had also suffered one ectopic pregnancy that caused the loss of the entire right tube. After some fertility treatments and another ectopic pregnancy, I did manage to give birth to two beautiful children. After my second child was born I decided enough was enough and decided to have my tubes tied in order to prevent another pregnancy loss. During that surgery the Doctor finally discovered that I had severe endometriosis not only on my uterus, but on my bowels and bladder. The endometriosis had caused a lot of scar tissue throughout my abdomen. A month later I had a hysterectomy and the reduction of pain has been enormous. There is a history of abdominal problems with women in my family and all the women have had early hysterectomies. I was the oldest at age 33. My daughter (9) is now complaining of abdominal pain. There really isn't anything to do now, but I have some ideas what to watch out for. Of course, I have no scientific proof that my pain was caused by the same problem my whole life, but it makes sense to me!
My story is pretty similar to yours. My mom said that giving birth to her 2 children was easier/less painful than the abdominal pain she experienced throughout her life. I have had abdominal pain since I was about 6 (which was also the age I had my first urinary tract infection) and have had all sorts of tests and have seen countless doctors. My gynecologist suspects endometriosis so I'm currently taking Yaz to control the growth of the extra unwanted tissue. I also take Ponstel for about 1 week a month (for cramps), which I have found extremely helpful. I'm 22 and not interested in having children for a while so I will just stay on it until I want to have children and then see how that goes. If I have trouble conceiving, she'll do laparoscopic surgery. And I plan to have a hysterectomy as soon as I'm done having children. But I also have been diagnosed with IBS-D. So far doctors have not found a connection between the two for me. But I have also have countless urinary tract/bladder infections (about 7 or 8 of them in the last year alone). I am currently seeing a urologist and I'm scheduled to have another couples tests done. I really can relate to your story and I feels good to know that there are other women out there experiencing the same things as I am. Thank you!
 

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I would ask for a test for celiac disease and latose intolerance...poor girl. Have you tried eliminating certain things from her diet? Try giving her cooked vegetables, soft fruits (bananas, applesauce) and things like rice, french or sourdough bread, rice, pasta. Limit carbonated beverages, dairy, egg yolks, fried foods, artificial fats. You could try giving her a psyillium tablet and probiotic supplement. Hope the little one is alright
 

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My 8 year old daughter began complaining in early April of stomach pain around her belly button and her lower back with frequent urination. She was diagnosed with a UTI and given antibiotics. I gave her Claritin for seasonal allergies for a short time. The UTI cleared up but the pain continues to be around her belly button, lower back and sometimes on the right side. Her lymph nodes in her neck were swollen, she was tired and experienced flu like aches. Tests for mono and streph were negative. We took her to the ER the end of April. ER doc said x-ray showed constipation and she was given Miralax. We told the ER that her bowel movements hadn't changed but were told sometimes children won't tell the whole truth when it comes to bowel movements. Began the Miralax but with no relief from the pain. We went back to our doctor who check blood and urine again (all negative results) and referred her to a pediatric gastro. I began giving her a probiotic. While waiting ped gastro appointment we went back to the ER (xray showed constipation). We were told to give her Mag citrate and continue the Miralax. We felt she was pretty well cleaned out but the pain continued same as before. We then called our doctor and asked that they call and request the Pediatric gastro work her in sooner. We finally saw the pediatric gastro. At this time he did not believe it was IBS because the pain was waking her up at night. I told him that the only time she had any relief was when I gave her a Benadryl at night. He reviewed her xrays and felt the first ER visit xray did not show constipation but the xray from the second visit could be viewed as constipation. He did blood work, urine test and stool test which were all negative except for one blood test (immunoglob d) which was high and pointed to Hyper Igd. We began to slowly wean her off Miralax and we started Citracel and continued the probiotic. He prescribed an antispasmodic which we tried for several days. The pain didn't let up. We called and talked with the on call doc and was given a different antispasmodic which didn't touch the pain either. We then were given a third antispamodic (bella donna...) which didn't work. While talking with that on call doc and relating her history to him he suggested that it may be her bladder. I googled stomach pain along with bladder and it suggested that antihistamines may help the pain. I remembered the pain was slightly reduced while she was taking the Claritin. We stopped the antispasmodic medication and began Claritin during the day and Benadryl at night -- her pain was greatly reduced. She recently had an ultrasound (all normal) upper GI, urine test, xray and blood work. Upper GI showed everything looked good and the urine was negative. The blood work for the immunoglob d was still elevated but closer to normal so Hyper Igd was ruled out. Her xray indicated constipation. We are living day to day with more questions than answers and our 8 year old daughter just wants the stomach pain to stop. We go back to the pediatric gastro on Monday but I get the feeling he's done all the tests to do and it's gonna be a IBS diagnosis. If it is IBS then we'll move forward but I just feel like we're missing something and I don't know the right questions to ask. Is it possible to have an inflammation of the bladder and it not show up in all these blood tests? Also I've been reading about chronic appendicitis -- what are the chances of that and could a high powered antibiotic possibly clear up a bladder issue or chronic appendicitis? Should we take our daughter to an urologist? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Our daughter's summer break has been truly miserable for her. I can't believe it's been this long with no relief for her. Thanks much.
 

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Hi, I am not sure if you are still checking this website or not, but if you are please reply to my post or e-mail me at [email protected] I am really interested as to what happened to your daughter - we are experiencing exactly what you went through with our 6 year old. It all started with a uti for which she was prescribed antibiotics. However, at the end of the antibiotic course, she still had uti like symptoms with no bacteria in the culture. Therefore, she was given Detrol. After a couple of days of the Detrol, she started complaining of abdominal pain and they discontinued the Detrol. Its been 2 weeks and in addition to the original uti symptoms she now has an abdominal pain. We also had the x-ray taken and they asked me to clean her out with Miralax, but nothing has helped so far. The urologist has suggested to dilate the urethra which may help with her spasms, but we still don't know about the abdominal pain. She is starting school next week and this has been going all through summer. Thanks much.
 
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