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IBS in child

Posted by
Pam on May 13, 1999 at 10:32:21:

Please forgive the length of this but this deals with my child and I'm really worried about him.

My 13 year old son was diagnosed with IBS in February of this year. He's always responded to stress with diarrhea so when the abdominal pain and constant diarrhea started, the peds doc said it was test anxiety. The next week we went back and he said to give him Tums as he also had some heartburn. Finally, the 3rd week, he gave up and ordered stool and blood tests including H. pylori. Everything was negative so he sent us to a peds gastro doc.

He looked at my obese son, pressed on his stomach with no obvious distress and said it was IBS (just a little tummyache)-no further tests necessary. The Levsin he gave us didn't work. I knew someone who's child used Bentyl successfully so the doc switched us to that. Meanwhile, my son is in almost constant pain and diarrhea and is missing school big time. My son has never cried, even as a little guy. Recently, there were times I'd find him sitting in the middle of his bedroom floor rocking and crying. If we tried to take him to school, he'd cry hysterically. One day, he said his arm and hand went numb. I took him to a psychiatrist I knew who prescribed 2 mg per day of Valium. Then depression set in, and he began to talk about dying in his sleep then it escalated to actually wanting to kill him-self. So the psychiatrist added Wellbutrin to the mix.

Many people with IBS that I talked to on the Web urged me to get more tests because the pain was not letting up. However, once the gastro doc heard about the suicide threats, he refused to do any gastro tests because he saw it as a psych problem. Of course the peds psych doctor can't see my son for 3 months. Hello? It's like calling "911" and being put on hold!! He is currently also seeing a stress/pain management psychologist for biofeedback, etc. He is the only one of the doctors that my son likes.

Yesterday, we saw a "holistic psychiatrist" that was recommended to us. He talked about yeast overgrowth and cutting back on my son's high carb consumption and dairy products. He said to take acidophilis and antioxidants. But he also told me to drop the antidepressant (Wellbutrin) and start Zoloft and Addaral (he has mild ADD but only 2 weeks left of school)and continue with the Valium and Bentyl.

I am just overwhelmed by this. I feel like I'm chasing my tail and all the while my son is suffering. My son's depression does not seem so bad right now but the idea of food restrictions depressed him. He doesn't want to see this guy again. We tried limiting wheat products recently but that seemed to have no effect and it depressed him more.

I need some guidance, especially with how to feed him. As you can guess from above, food is very important to him. The doc thought Zoloft would help as it's used for OCD, too. I wish I could get a diet plan (not just to lose weight but a new way of eating for all of us) to guide me in this. Some things I've read say more protein and fewer carbs but others say that could be harmful. Can you push me in the right direction to help my son. Thanks



Oh my...... where to start.

Posted by
Sharon Edwards on May 14, 1999 at 09:55:57:

In Reply to: IBS in child posted by Pam on May 13, 1999 at 10:32:21:

You are obviously getting the picture that the western medicine approach of drugs and more drugs is not working. The last practioner you saw who suggested reducing wheat and dairy and introducing pro-biotics is closer. Things are severely out of balance and I would try to find a more natural approach to restoring health to his digestive tract. Hummmm. I can ask my practioner if he knows of anyone in your part of the country. He goes to many seminars and knows people all over. Maybe you'll be lucky and have someone good near-by. Go ahead and email me if you're interested.

Sending you and your son love and light,

Sharon



Re: IBS in child (archive in intestinal)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 14, 1999 at 11:08:02:

In Reply to: IBS in child posted by Pam on May 13, 1999 at 10:32:21:

Hi, Pam.

If I am not mistaken, you have a copy of my book. Look again at the chapter about intestinal problems. IBS is the same as LGS. Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis are the same but more advanced in a genetically susceptible person.

It sounds like your Holistic Psychiatrist is learning to at least look in the right direction.

"Limiting wheat products" will do NOTHING but convince you that this is not the problem!

REMEMBER, these triggers are immunological. The SLIGHTEST TRACE OF THE TRIGGER WILL OBVIATE THE "TEST" FOR THE HYPERSENSITIVITY!

Had I this child, I would immediately eliminate both wheat AND dairy PERFECTLY for 7-10 days. He wil have to cooperate perfectly to do this test. If he is not a lot better by that time neither of them is contributing and you can put your efforts in a more productive area. Of course, there might be a number of other triggers but they make up less than 5% of the total.

You COULD look for them by doing the elimination/provocation testing Bob McFerran discusses so well on this BB.

However it is much more important for him to be learning about WHY this is happening and doing something about that. Unfortunately, this almost the worst age for a child to deal with this---not because it is hard to resolve it but because the child will usually not do what will resolve it. All the child has to do is learn an effective skilled relaxation technique and practice it at least twice a day for 20 minutes. You could help him do this with the information & techniques in "Meditating With Children" by Deborah Rozman. In the long run, this is the only solution to this problem. It is not something you can do for him.

Talk to the good psychiatrist about this and review the chapters in my book about intestinal conditions and brain function.

THEN, if you still have questions, write again.

This is not hard to resolve, just hard to get the kid to cooperate.

Walt



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