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Mesenteric Adenitis

(10 Posts)
whattimestea Wed 26-Mar-14 20:57:24

DS3 currently in hospital and has just been diagnosed with this. He's had horrendous stomach ache for 3 days now so it's a relief to get a diagnosis and also a relief that it's nothing like appendicitis. I'd never heard of it before today but apparently it's quite common with children. Any other mumsnetters dc's suffered with this? Its a horrible thing to watch your child have. The pain for him has been terrible sad

Piscivorous Wed 26-Mar-14 21:01:45

Is this the thing where children get tummy pain as glands in their tummy get inflamed as a result of another infection? If it is then, yes, DS used to get it a fair bit. He specialised in snotty, non-specific, upper respiratory bugs which often set his tummy off too. For him it was unpleasant but not bad enough for hospital though.

Hope your DS is better soon

diddlediddledumpling Wed 26-Mar-14 21:04:08

Ds2 had this around his second birthday. Thankfully not hospitalised though. But it was the strangest thing, he'd be fine one minute and then in agony the next. I think that was to do with the rhythmical contractions of the gut.
Antibiotics cleared it up and he didn't get it again.

whattimestea Wed 26-Mar-14 21:07:02

Yeah that's it i think. Basically it's just your glands that are enlarged in much the same way as they get in your neck when you have a throat infection i think. Never imagined that it would cause as much pain. Poor DS has literally been writhing on the floor with it. Thankfully pain killers have kicked in now so he's sleeping. Lovely hospital camp bed for me tonight!

diddlediddledumpling Wed 26-Mar-14 21:09:32

Hopefully it'll clear up quickly and you'll both get home. I've done the camp bed thing too, it's no fun.

stleger Wed 26-Mar-14 21:10:22

Dd2 was in hospital three times with it while at primary school. One of the doctors reckoned a lot of appendectomies have been done because of it, as the symptoms are similar. She had a scan done the third time, the gland was big and the appendix nowhere to be seen.
The advice was to avoid infection. Probiotics seem to help with that, especially after antibiotics. It is horrible when it is bad, but it seemed to vanish at puberty.

schoolchoicesdrivingmecrazy Wed 26-Mar-14 21:11:01

Yes! My two boys have had it, both times in hospital for 2 + days with surgeons poised to whip out their appendixes. Both times spared the knife. So painful, poor your DS! Clears up v fast though - once it starts subsiding they go from v poorly to scoffing huge quantities of food and bouncing around pretty quickly...

stleger Wed 26-Mar-14 21:12:39

No camp beds here, we had armchairs! Luckily only for one night, it makes you aware of how hard life is for ill children and their parents.

whattimestea Wed 26-Mar-14 21:12:47

Is it true what I've read about aloe Vera helping?

schoolchoicesdrivingmecrazy Wed 26-Mar-14 21:18:27

? No idea

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