Hi, my name is Chrissy, I'm 18 years old, and I have questions about my constant stomach pain, I don't know if my migraines and stomach pain can be related, I get migraines daily, and stomach pain is constant, the pain has been here for about 3 months now, and I've seen several DR's about it, they just tell me that its just a stomach ache, and I will be fine, but its been going on for too long, and the pain is getting worse almost daily now, and I'm hoping someone could help me...the stomach pains are really sharp, and lots of pressure....And now I'm starting to gain a lot of weight in the stomach area, but my stomach is constantly hard...And I do not have constipation problems... My migraines I've been getting since I was about 7 or 8 years old...But now the migraines are getting worse and I'm getting pain down my neck and back. Though you may not be able to help either, thanks for trying... Chrissy.
A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
A stomach ache here and there might not be something to worry about but if your child is constantly complaining about their stomach there could be something else going on. We used to be taught that stomach or GI issues were either caused by a physical source OR and emotional one. Only recently has it become evident that the physical and emotional issues are more closely intertwined. An interesting study just released indicated that in 50% of IBS patients have experienced some kind of abuse ( 1 ). This number is double what is found in people with out IBS. The abuse was not limited to sexual abuse but included other forms of psychological trauma. While stress has often been linked to IBS it is thought that the trauma of sexual or psychological abuse may sensitize the brain gut interaction. Of course this news does not mean that everyone with IBS is abused but it is definitely something to keep an eye out for. If your child has serious changes in behavior, including...
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