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Chronic Diarrhea In 10 Y/o

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My 10 y/o son with no history of digestive issues started having diarrhea over a month ago. 2 wks after the onset, I took him to the pediatrician. All stool samples for parasites, bacteria, and blood are negative. He continues to have diarrhea (sometimes he cannot make it to the bathroom) so had numerous blood tests this wk. All were negative except his protein was low. He also had an ultrasound and his organs looked normal...Only abnormal findings were his lympnodes in the abdomen were enlarged and there was fluid in his abdomen. His pediatrician is at a loss as to what's going on and we see a gastro. Specialist last next week.

I have him on a bland diet and no dairy to "settle" his stomach and for the most part is not in pain, with cramping once in awhile. Again, he has never had diarrhea or vomitting issues.

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replied February 18th, 2007
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There's a possibility it could be caused by an allergy or a hypersensitivity to food.................Or thinking deeper it could be an allergy to anything in the environment. Has he tried a new food or different brand?One child I know had severe allergic reactions and the parents were at a loss as to what was causing his pain(diarrhea too).................Turns out the school he attended was using a new cleaning product to clean their floors! It may take a while to pin point the culprit..........That is, if it is an allergic reaction............In the mean time you can concentrate on boosting his immune system......................Don't disregard the so-called "good foods" my own son is allergic to bananas and ginger..........Always considered them good foods but if his body treats them like foreign invaders........It's like poison to him.........................Just a thought Smile
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replied February 20th, 2007
have you tried increasing the fiber in his diet?
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replied February 20th, 2007
I appreciate the feedback. My concern, as is the pedi's, is that the diarrhea is a symptom of something else going on. His globulin (protein) is abnormal and there is fluid in his abdomon, and his lymphnodes in his abdomon are enlarged (ultrasound finding).
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replied February 20th, 2007
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Has he been tested for lymphoma?..............I don't want to scare you..........but I do believe in getting earliest possible treatment............but "medical" treatment can't start until there is a dx.............enlarged lymph nodes,fever, weight loss and diarrhea( I believe) are some of the symptoms..............also while your waiting for further tests...........research the family tree..........you'd be amazed the "secrets" and long forgotten dx's............may point you in the right direction...................still believe, with a major boost to immune system will help him recover..............you've probably heard of these................but do you know what they are designed to do?
Coenzyme Q10..........improves cellular oxygenation
DMG...............a personal favourite.........enhances oxygen utilization
Garlic..............increases immune function
Beta carotene.............helps cells repair and rebuild
The omegas..............repair and produce new cells

I do believe in medical science...............however there's alot we can do for ourselves............that complements the medicine>GL< Smile
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replied February 20th, 2007
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Spirit; In the meantime while you wait to get into the gastroenterologist try feeding him some plain yogurt. The bacteria in the yogurt can replace the natural flora (bacteria) found in the intestines. Sometimes loss of this "natural bacteria" can cause diarrhea. We can lose the "natural bacteria" after a round of antibiotics for other infections.
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replied February 20th, 2007
Spirit,

Have been trying not to "freak" but lymphoma crossed my mind too. Actually did a symptom search with what he is experiencing and lymphoma did come up. He hasn't had any fevers, yet I was diagnosed with cancer (not lymphoma) 2 yrs ago and had no symptoms. Have tried plain yogurt. The last few days he hasn't really eaten much at all.

Thanks for all the advice and I WILL let the dr know our family history as who knows what seems insignificant to me, may be the clue to solve what's going on.....
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replied February 21st, 2007
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Lymphoma is probably the worst case scenerio..............but something that should be looked at if only to rule it out................most likely it's something that can be attended to, as critical care RN said about the yogurt..........although some cannot tolerate any type of milk product...............in that case............as long as the round of antibiotics are done..........it's time to up the dose of "good bacteria"...........this can be done with lacto sporogenes..........in the frigerated section of the health store.............antibiotics aren't particular........they'll destroy the good and bad bacteria.......these capsules will replace the billions lost...........give him small meals.........so they're easier to digest.......concentrate on repair foods........eg) brown rice/lentils have the DMG as I mentioned before in miniscle amounts naturally in them.............pineapple has bromelain...........a natural anti inflamatory agent etc etc................all the best to you and your son Smile
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replied April 18th, 2007
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I just wondered if you are still there, and if they have made a proper diagnosis for your son?
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