We finally concluded that he struggles with anxiety. Plain and simple. Our doctor explained that there is a strong correlation between the brain and the gut. Which explains why my son had so much nausea with his anxiety. I feel good that we explored all the other possibilities (celiac disease, etc.) but have concluded that he has to be on an anti-anxiety Rx. Currently he is on Zoloft which is working beautifully. He is in his sophomore year of college, living on campus and doing well. We did have a good life lesson this summer when he decided to go off his meds cold turkey. He did alright for a couple of months, then got hit hard again. But back on the meds, he's good and has learned that if he ever wants to try to wean off the meds, he needs to go through his doctor and titrate down.
I encourage you to see your doctor and ask about anxiety. Good luck.View Thread
Hopefully you have received some good input here and your son is better. I just thought I would respond to ask if you have had him tested for any kind of food allergy. There are so many out there. Sometimes I felt as though I was just running around giving my son all different kinds of meds to tackle each symptom wondering if I was making it worse. I'm always wanting to find the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptom as I'm sure you are.. For instance, a coworker who suffers from migraines has found she cannot eat ANY chocolate. Now I'm sure you sons issues are not as simple as this. I hope you can keep trying to find a doctor that will help get to the root of the problem. I feel for you for sure. Those were the hardest days of my life.View Thread
Hi Ladymim, my son is 18 now and doing really well. Went through all that to find he has anxiety, which I had badly in my youth. He is still on Zoloft, but is on a very low dose. He tried to wean off, but the anxiety came back with the nausea, etc. Believe me, I struggled with putting him on ANY kind of drug. But watching him not be able to function as a normal kid forced my hand. His eating habits are probably like most teens...not great. But he's stubborn and only eats what he'll eat. He'll eat whatever I make for dinner, but is not a breakfast eater at all. Refuses to take vitamins anymore. He is a mild mannered, kind, kid with a great sense of humor. He's a good student, has a girlfriend, and continues to play baseball. He will go to school next fall on scholarship. In answer to your comment about video/computer games, he did and still does play. Less often now, because he's busy. He is comletely healthy now aside from the Zoloft. Not sure how we're going to approach it ongoing. After he starts college next fall and gets acclimated he may want to try to wean off again. I wish we could've found another route to go, but I was afraid to let him suffer any long and risk something happening to him. I'm so sorry you're going through it and hope that you can find some answers. Keep me posted.View Thread
You know, I have no idea if that was tested or not. I would think with the three or four different times his blood was checked, that organ functions would be one of them. But communication of information was seriously lacking. As much as I like our primary care doctor, we will be switching hopefully to one that communicates with his patients better.View Thread
Update: Son is doing much better. Celiac panel came back negative as we had expected. We have continued to treat him for an ulcer with the Dexilant, so I don't know if it is working or the Vistaril/Zoloft combination that he's on for anxiety is....nonetheless, we will continue on this path until we try to back him off the Zoloft and see what happens. He still will not eat breakfast in the morning for fear he'll vomit, but he is eating the rest of the day. He decided on his own that he wasn't going to eat anything after 9 or 10 in the evening to see if that helped with the nausea, and it has!
Good news is, he just turned 16, got his driver's license and is being a normal teenager! Want to thank everyone who has listened/posted as well as Louise. This venue had been a lifesaver just to get my thoughts out there and hear some good feedback. As we all know, when our children are hurting or ill it rocks your whole world. Thank you!View Thread
No, definitely off the Aleve. Think that may have been the cause of all this. Doing well on the 60 mg Dexilant which is a like a Prilosec but stronger. Still a little nauseous and burps a lot in the mornings, but eating better the rest of the day, so we are encouraged!View Thread
Unfortunately or fortunately, I guess..I always look at that first even though I would be shocked. But, yes we did have that conversation early on. All tests came back negative. As scared as this kid has been, he would've confessed anything!View Thread
I'm so sorry you had to go through that. How terrifying. Glad to hear she's doing well. The only symptoms he has had has been the nausea and some diarrhea/constipation and now anxiety (which is getting better with medication). Those symptoms seem to be in every condition known to man. If he had headaches or any ache for that matter, I would check in to it. But, the fact that he was on Aleve twice a day for 2 months for a shoulder strain and that the anxiety began after the nausea came on, I will probably continue on this path of looking for and ulcer or other GI problem. If they all come back normal then we will look closer at the possibility of this being a mental issue. I mean he is a teenager caught in between childhood and manhood. Driving, dating, trying not to get pulled into the party scene is overwhelming to say the least.View Thread
Doctor did prescribe anti-nausea with no relief. Then went on to taking a Prilosec for possible ulcer. No relief yet. Gave Xanax for panic attack, but we only let him have those when they were severe. Then had to take him Psych. because they turned in to feelings of hopelessness and he prescribed Vistaril (an antihistamine but can treat anxiety) and now Zoloft. I never thought this is the route this would take. I'm faced with the possibility that this is a mental issue, and if I have to, I will. But in the meantime, I am not convinced it didn't begin as a medical condition that has taken this turn because no one knows what's wrong and he can't go to school and be a normal teenager. We are suppose to get a call from the Pediatric G.I. (which apparently these are in VERY high demand) and also an appt with a G.I. that's agreed to see him...so whoever can help first, that's who were going with. I keep talking to people that have stories or experiences with gall bladder issues similar to this, that went undiagnosed for some time. And also, they will be testing him for Celiac.View Thread