Oatmeal Head has been having severe stomach pain for a week and a half. Last week it was severe. This week hasn't been so bad, and he's pretty much stopped eating to avoid the pain. Not good. He's six feet tall and weighs less than 150 pounds. Boy needs to eat.
Took him to the doc yesterday to figure this out. She thinks he has an ulcer. She asks him what he's stressed about. ("Nothing") Then tells him ulcers are caused by a certain bacteria in the stomach. He asks how on earth bacteria and stress are related to cause an ulcer. She explains that the bacteria (h. pylori) thrives in acid and that stress causes acid. The lab took a vial of his blood to check.
I'm just now putting pieces together. Oatmeal Head has always preferred soft and mild foods. Till the last year, when it's all "Bring on the Tabasco!" He's one of the most laid back people you'd want to meet - as am I - and we both bury our stress. I can see it being an ulcer.
The other option seems to be constipation. They took an x-ray of his stomach. He was pretty psyched about that. That could be it, as it's common with teenagers and stomach pain, but we think not.
So he starts on Prilosec this morning. We'll see. Fifteen. And an ulcer. Really?
Until I write again ...