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My son is 14 years old Last year during the summer (July), he got really sick after a party we went to. He ate food at this party. Symptoms began on Sunday. Fever, delirium, headaches, chills, body aches, weakness. On Wednesday I decided to go to the walk-in clinic, and the doctor there diagnosed him with a sinus infection and prescribed me antibiotics. DR advised to take them each day for 5 days (I forgot how many he was supposed to take each day, whether it was 1 or 3). But these pills made my son throw up anything and everything he ate, and nothing was getting better. So in addition to his other symptoms, vomiting and nausea was now an issue.

On Saturday We went to the hospital. They took his temperature and confirmed he did have a fever. They ran blood tests and urine tests, but found nothing wrong and concluded whatever he had must've been viral and to see a specialist. They also said to finish taking the antibiotics.

Sunday, the last day taking the antibiotics; he started having diarrhea. On Monday everything cleared, except the diarrhea. he now had to use the washroom at least 4-5 times a day, even more depending on what he ate. This went on quite a while until in Septemberwe decided to go to the doctor again. She sent him to take stool tests. While I waited for the results, I found some information online on Everydayhealth A bland diet will be easy on your digestive system and can help ease diarrhea symptoms. A bland diet consists of foods that are soft, not spicy, and low in fiber. You should also avoid raw foods, fried foods, and drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. I changed his diet and within a couple days his stool began to harden and he no longer was experiencing diarrhea multiple times a day.

Anyways the results came back negative (she tested for a certain virus+bacteria I really cannot remember the names). So she recommended us to a Gastroenterologist.

We went to see this specialist now, and he scheduled my son for a colonoscopy (for March 2017) and gave him samples of probiotics. Time passed, probiotics didn't seem to be helping, only the change in diet helped him. He went in for the colonoscopy, and the doctor said everything looked normal and that he was most likely going through post-IBS.

He gave him more samples and we went on our way, nothing being fixed. The only thing helping were the diet change. NOW, 2 days ago he began experiencing stomach pains, I could hear and feel his stomach churning. It's not a nauseous feeling either, it's almost like he's eaten something rotten and it's killing his stomach.

Does anyone know what could be wrong with him or what should I do?
 

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Hello Macystu,

One thing that comes to mind is the SIBO test or hydrogen breath test. SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) can cause IBS, stomach pain, gas, bloating, etc. The test is noninvasive and can be done at home.

Do you have a family physician? Or perhaps the gastroenterologist could help. It seems the doctors need to pay more attention to your son's intestinal problem. That probably won't happen at a walk-in clinic or emergency room. They are more for sudden illness like he experienced initially.

Also wondering if he tends to be anxious? Anxiety and worry can also lead to IBS. If so he would still need to see a doctor who can help. At his age of 14, even a pediatrician might be helpful.

Best wishes to you both.

Gramx3
 

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The first set of symptoms like fever is very likely he had some kind of viral/bacterial infection obtained from the food, (How could it have been sinus???)

At the same time if it was viral the antibiotics will not do anything in principle... how can doctors prescribe antibiotics when they don't even know what causes this??

I can tell you when I was very little I had a bacterial infection from a bacteria in my stomache. Do you know what my doctor prescribed? nothing... he said. eat nothing but bland cooked rice for a full week in all the meals and you'll be cured because with this kind of meal the bacteria will starve and will die. And I was cured by doing this because the bacteria died from starvation.

What kind of probiotics is your son using? Can you give me the details?

For the diarrhea I would use s. boulardii. Take it 2-3 times per day after each meal for at least 1 week and see if there's improvements. If there is then I would continue do this for at least 3 months to help restore gut flora(if you don't want you can use another probiotic. The important part is for your son to stop the diarrhea and reduce number of abnormal times he goes to the WC).

Finally if there are steady improvements and even totally recovery, don't do the colonoscopy(unless there's other symptoms too like blood in the stool weight loss, etc...). It will only do more harm than good.

Hope your son can get better.
 
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