Shawny’s summer…

Not really sure where to start: Since early June (and the majority of summer), we’ve been dealing with migraines. Then in June, he had cellulitis in his knee & was on Augmentin then Keflex for that. He had insane stomach pains from that. Then, the migraines got worse & to break the cycle, we had to do Advil every 6 hours…which appears to have caused an ulcer (the combination of strong antibiotics & advil). We were in Fal. Hosp. ER one night until 3am trying to figure out the cause of intense stomach pain. They’ve done blood work, cat scan, stool sample, etc. Loooong story short: He starts everyday on prevacid (for stomach pain) and takes Maalox as needed (every 3 hours) all day long. He constantly complains of stomach pain. He also has a migraine more often than not. We can’t do Advil anymore for the migraines, b/c of the stomach issues. So, he takes Tylenol and if it’s unbearable…Fioricet. I honestly can’t remember the last day that he felt great all day. Really. 🙁 Then there’s the Dermatologist. That is a whole other story. In May, his Pedi started treating his thumb and hand b/c he has 20+ lovely warts on his thumb and a few on his palm. They tried freezing them (3 cycles every 2 weeks). That didn’t work. Then they tried an oral med for that…which didn’t work. Today the dermatologist did the liquid nitrogen (seriously strong stuff). Shawn was SO not happy, but was very brave. He zapped the ones on his palm twice and tonight, those are big, black blood blisters. Our doc said that is a good sign, that they are responding to the nitrogen. The thumb is another story…not much response, but he could only tolerate one treatment there. I have to take him back there on 9/21 for another round of the nitrogen. Of course, this doc is in Norwood (!!)…quite the long trip. Oy. SO, Doc is thinking that one possible explanation for Shawn’s (pretty much constant) stomach issues is “Abdominal Migraines”. I just can’t even begin to describe how incredibly frustrating it is for me…every day Shawn is hurting. He is in tears literally He cries about his stomach, then his head, then “both”. He tells me what a horrible summer this has been…and he just wants to feel better. I’d give just about anything to be able to figure this out…as it is quite heartbreaking to have a 9 year old boy…who is otherwise healthy…suffering with a throbbing headache and stabbing stomach pains. He literally begs me to make it stop, and I just am desperate to figure this out. 🙁 I ? Dr. L though, as he is just as determined as I am to get to the bottom of this for us. At 10:15 pm, I just tucked my sobbing 9 year old into bed…and promised him we WILL figure this out and find a way for him to feel better. His Mom is on a mission.

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