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Yet another follow up appointment for DD. is there any point at all?

(10 Posts)
Nigeela Tue 26-Aug-08 14:05:30

DD has been ill on and off for a whole year now. nothing specific - all v vague. has constant nausea and tummy ache. behaviour is horrible. is v anxious. stroppy. won't eat etc etc etc. long and tedious tale.
anyway we have a follow up appointment tomorrow at bristol childrens hosp. last time they decided it was 'gastritis' - a wooly term for a sore tummy. prescribed antacids which made not a jot of difference.
i haven't yet told her because i know t will mean her working herself up into a frenzy and nagging and wailing until we leave for the appointment.
am wondering whether to go at all since no one has any idea what is actually wrong with her - if anything. you name it - i've considered it. I have no idea whether her behavioural problems are caused by the physical ones or the physical caused by behavioural. no idea at all.
do i cancel in the hope that at some point within the next 8 years she grows out of it or do i drag her there in the hope that someone may know what is the matter?

madame Tue 26-Aug-08 15:35:33

I would insist on some answers if you can. Could you take someone with you and once they have examined your daughter she could go and wiat outside and you could have a good talk with the Dr.

If they can't give you any specific answers I would ask them to refer you to a specialist.

sarah293 Tue 26-Aug-08 15:37:24

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tortoiseshell Tue 26-Aug-08 15:37:38

Could it be stomach migraine? here

cmotdibbler Tue 26-Aug-08 15:40:59

Has she been tested for coeliac disease ? That can have many symptoms, inc behaviour problems, and anyone who tells you that because her weight/growth is normal she can't have it, is not worth talking to.

tortoiseshell Tue 26-Aug-08 15:41:32

We've a little experience of the Children's hospital - I think variable describes it! Hope it goes well tomorrow!

sarah293 Tue 26-Aug-08 15:43:50

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tortoiseshell Tue 26-Aug-08 15:48:59

Oh yes, the parking is a complete PITA. There is a NCP car park on Park Row which usually has spaces.

stleger Tue 26-Aug-08 15:56:10

Have they thought of mesenteric adenitis - sort of tonsilitis in the abdomen? My dd (who is 11) has had 2 bouts of it; they did major scan plus blood tests etc. (Advice on leaving hospital - try to avoid picking up infections....)

NigellaTheOriginal Tue 26-Aug-08 16:39:35

thank you fr replies. have moaned on here often about this so wouldn't blame you all if you just sighed and said 'oh no not again'.
hello Riven - what time are you there tomorrow?. will watch out for you. i'll be the one dragging the scruffy skinny 10 yr old in kicking and screaming.
she's been tested for coeliacs as that is the thing i thought it was but it appears from all her blood tests she is entirely normal despite living on chocolate spread sandwiches.
yes thanks i know about the parking. will be leaving plenty of time.
what frustrates me is having no idea what is wrong with her. i am a nurse so have some knowledge and the skills to research things and i still have no idea.
she ges tummy aches every single day with waves of nausea. she's never actually sick but has a huge enormous phobia of being. and she can be perfectly happy and doing stuff then suddenly get pain or get stroppy.

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