Friday, February 12, 2010

News on the home front! Kinda.

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 ...

Flea

11 comments:

Karen said...

I'm sorry - I hope it's not a recurring thing.

And by psyched - you mean he's thrilled, right? About the constipation or the x-ray? Or possibly seeing the constipation IN the x-ray?

TSannie said...

Hope he's better soon!

judi said...

Stressful time for a kid. Hormonal issues and all that. OMG! Are you telling me you both are anal retentive??? LOL!!! TMI, TMI.

Trisha said...

Here is hoping that the stomach pain gets resolved soon - it is such a bummer!

By the way - did you get a bunch of snow like we did?

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Oh no! 15 is way to young for all this! Poor baby!
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Memaw's memories said...

Sorry to hear he's not feeling well. Hopefully, the prilosec will help, and thank good ness Wal-Mart has an equate brand now that's the same strength as the regular stuff.

Mental P Mama said...

And he'll set you straight if you don't get it right! Hope he's on the mend...that is terrible.

Leenie said...

Still laughing at judi's comment. At least there are good doctors and good meds to help with such things. Hope you can find a remedy that doesn't taste too nasty.

Karen said...

So young to be having an ulcer. OUCH....

I hope it is any easy fix and he's feeling better fast.

Daisy said...

An ulcer is pretty extreme. My daughter has acid reflux - has had it for years. She controls it through diet and Zantac. Amigo had major tummy troubles at 16 and had testing including a colonoscopy and endoscopy; they ruled out ulcers, didn't find anything specific. I hope your teen heals - it might be a while, but I hope he heals well.

Krista said...

Nothing like seeing an x-ray of everything you've eaten in the last week. My friend's daughter had a lot of stomach pain and she seriously didn't go to the bathroom enough. Try the Activia challenge, seriously.