My 9yr old ds has been complaining of stomach pains for the past few months. He explains the pain as having knots and he sometimes feels nauseous. He is so uncomfortable that he has stopped wearing underwear and walks around with his pants unbuttoned for most of the day. We have tried eliminating dairy (though he doesn't drink milk really) and cut down on sugar. The pain subsided for a couple of weeks after we saw our homeopath for ds's constitutional remedy but, now the pain is back. I should mention that his stools are normal and regular.
Any advice would be helpful. I feel awful seeing how the stomach aches effect his day to day living.
Have you tried ulcer friendly diets?
Maybe a chiropractor can help. One of the signs for needing an adjustment is digestive issues. I know you said he is regular, but the pain may indicate a misalignment.
A doctor told me once that children don't differentiate well, and all mid body pain is often called "my belly hurts". Is it possible the pain is in a subtle place and is being referred? Maybe a hernia? Or a pulled ligament near a hip?
In any case, it sounds like being checked out is a good idea.
We have been through the wringer on this one...we have two kids, now diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Keep him on gluten until you have him tested. It's the most common Autoimmune Disease, but only 5% diagnosis rate. Celiac.org has a great set of documents to help you. Also, Celiac.com's forums are amazing.
After we tackled that and everything was fine for 6 months, we went through the wringer again...and after 18 months, figured out one of the girls has an almond allergy...
Thank you all for the advice.
I ended up taking my ds to a pediatric acupuncturist which mentioned that my ds was very tense in his abdomen and pulse.
We were prescribed herbs and breathing exercises. So far the pain has been much better. However, the pain has not subsided completely. Our homeopath wants us to get an ultrasound if the pain isn't completely gone in a couple of weeks.
I will definitely ask our homeopath ( she is also an MD) about Celiac and mesenteric adenitis.
Intuitively, I am thinking it's stress. We started homeschooling this year and there's been a lot of change.
That said, I am not ruling out anything physical.
Thanks again mamas!