I have a 10 year old son. He's always been active, he played football this year, soccer every day at recess for the first two months of school, outside after school playing basketball, etc.
On November 3rd, he got sick. At first, we thought it was just the flu. He woke up throwing up. I got him some crackers, he was fine until about 4pm when he was sick to his stomach again. He ate though and was fine for about 20 minutes afterwards. He said he was feeling really icky. Within an hour he started running a 103 degree fever.
The next day he got up and had a rash on his trunk so we went to the pediatrician. He had a mixture of blanching and non-blanching rash. The doctor said it was probably a virus and sent us home. Tuesday he got up and had a different rash, red eyes and every time he would eat within 20 minutes he'd just be doubled over in pain. Went back to the dr, they had him give a urine sample and his urine was brown. They ran tests, told him he was too dehydrated and that if he didn't start drinking that he'd have to go to the hospital. That afternoon, he went home and drank a gallon of fluid (at this point he's still unable to eat solid foods without pain but drinking was fine). The next morning his urine is still brown so I call the dr back and we go back in. They tested his urine, no blood but billirubin and some protein so they run some blood work. He had elevated liver enzymes and slightly elevated bilirubin so they send him for an upper abdominal ultrasound, which showed nothing but one enlarged lymph node.
By Wednesday (day 4) of this week his fever was gone. By Friday (day 6) he was able to eat again. By Monday after (day 9) his rash was just about cleared up and we thought he was on the mend. By about Monday, (day 16) he was having bad joint pain in his ankles (this may have been a few days earlier, it's been a long month). Dr saw him again, said maybe rheumatoid arthritis and took some tests. His liver and bilirubin was back to normal, his sed rate was fine, his wbc wasn't elevated, RA factor was negative. Last Friday (day 20) he saw an opthamologist who said that there were several layers of blood vessels in his eyes affected but when his eyes were dilated they didn't see any reason for it.
They said probably HSP, it'll get better. My concern is this, we're in day 27 and his eyes are still really red. There are days that he looks like he has pink eye. I've had people that don't even know us well say he doesn't look well around his eyes (circles) and ask why his eyes are so red. His feet are still peeling as well.
What I'm not finding about HSP online is the course of the condition. If it was HSP, is it possible for the red eyes to hang on this long? He is still having intermittent joint pain... he especially complained of his knees hurting when he runs.
While I know no one here can give a diagnosis, I'm just looking for information. Should we be pursuing a second opinion? How long do we wait on his red eyes before it's been too long and we call the doctor back?View Thread
My son is 4, almost 5 and has been completely potty trained for about a year and a half (including at night) and he started having accidents almost a month ago. At first it was every now and then, he'd wet his pants. Then it became more frequent. We've talked about aiming to make sure he's getting everything in the toilet. It's gotten to where it's pretty much every day, several times per day. The other day he peed then said oh I peed but never said he had to go to the bathroom (we were in the car). The only UTI symptoms that he's had was really the frequency. He doesn't like it when we try to dry his private area and says that it hurts but there's no imflammation or anything. Then I found a pair of underware he hid that he had an accident with pooping it looked like and then tonight we went in his room and he was sound asleep and he had wet his bed and pooped his pants.
We have had a big move but that was only 2 weeks ago. We have talked about it and sometimes he doesn't seem to care and other times like tonight he's very very sorry and says it's an accident.
We have noticed that he seems to not have to pee then all of the sudden he has to go right then and if he doesn't he has an accident. As far as his BM's, they're normally very small and hard. He has to strain very hard to get them out and a couple of times they've gotten "stuck" and he can't get them out, but then two days ago he had explosive diarrhea. I've asked the pediatrician several times about this and they said as long as he was going that it was fine. But we're very concerned. At first we thought it was him rebelling against the changes but now we're not sure. We're in a new city and don't even have a pediatrician yet. I have researched and will call tomorrow for an appointment. In the meantime we're hoping to get some feed back here.
We're all very frustrated, including him so any thoughts would be helpful.View Thread