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Question: 12 year old having many symptoms, no clear diagnosis


 secret_someones - Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:35 am

My 12 year old cousin meghan has been having diarrhea and a low grade fever on and off since the summer. She also has very strong headaches, and stomach pains, so bad she has been home from school for a while. Her pediatrician told her she was going to get her period soon, and these pains could continue for 2 years! He told her to take advil, but the advil hasn't helped her one bit. The other day she said her head hurt so bad, she could barely lift it up. We have a few theories on what could be wrong. Her father said he thought it was "growing pains", because she is overweight at 130 pounds, and it could be hurting her as she growing up .She also has pains in her right side everytime she swims, and she can't figure out why. Please help, I don't want to see her in such pain.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:32 pm

User avatar Hello Secret_someones,

I would recommend your cousin be evaluated by a GI specialist. There are a few possibilities including celiac disease and an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease. The headaches are less likely to be from a GI problem but may be indirectly related.

Menstrual pain can be severe but would be less likely to cause diarrhea and would not be expected to cause a fever. I would recommend she see her general pediatrician again for further evaluation.

Best wishes.

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