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My 11 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With IBS

My 11 year old son has had stomach problems ever since he was a baby. He’s been on miralax all his life cuz he stays constipated has always had abdominal pain. Earlier this year he was diagnosed with IBS. He has been on several different medications since then – some have helped somewhat or for a short time but then stopped working. Just recently he gets severe abdominal pain after everything he eats and it has come to the point to where he’s afraid to eat sometimes so he won’t because he doesn’t want to endure the pain. He has missed everyday of school this week because of it. I’ve called his GI doctor and she has added another prescription on top of what he already has. I’m so concerned about all the meds he’s taking and switching with all the time. He also has migraines and takes medicines for that as well. He also has mild anxiety but doesn’t take anything for that. I’m so worried about his health and the pain he goes through and I feel helpless. Not to mention the several days of school he misses. Please help.

Scared mom.

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Comments

  • Rann1950
    2 years ago

    Dear Dawnbritt,
    Dealing with IBS as an adult is difficult enough but I can’t imagine the fear and stress of having a child with this terrible disease. I am so glad you reached out to this community. We all strive to not only help ourselves but help others and I hope you find the information and support to help your son as I have to help myself.

    Roberta

  • Chris Hall moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Dawnbritt,

    Thank you for reaching out. I’m so sorry to hear about what your son is going through, and I completely understand how scared you must be. You and your son are not alone; there are many community members that experience these problems, too. Here are some articles that may address some of the concerns you stated above:

    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/ibs-diet/
    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/coping-and-diet/ibs-management-at-school/
    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/coping-and-diet/family-friends-support-with-ibs-management/

    I hope you find this information useful. Please know that this community is always here for you to offer support and information, or just listen.

    Thanks,
    Chris
    IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

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