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I really need some advice and reassurance.
My 12-year old son has been really ill with tonsillitis (a week of antibiotics and not eating), culminating in an attack of PF two nights ago, which (as we both didn't know what was going on and were frightened) lasted around two hours, coming in waves almost like contractions. I've never seen anything like it! Eventually (after an emergency appointment at the GPs and some ineffective local anasthetic cream) it was a warm bath and reassurance that helped him. Although I think he felt worried and had a feeling that it was going to happen again overnight (which it didn't, thank the Lord).
He has always been allergic to cows dairy. But having not eaten well for a week, probably dehydrated and on penicillin, I would imagine his "gut health" and vitamin levels were really low.
Now, knowing what this is, I think he has had it a few times before, when he was younger, following on from loose bowel movements. Previously he has been unable to clearly verbalise his pain, but the location, level and general "thrashing around" was of similar nature.
Is there a link with food allergies?
Also, he seems a lot younger than a lot of the sufferers (on the basis of web searches)?
As it doesn't appear to be happening spontaneously (well not yet anyway) I figure if I can keep him away from cow's milk (although accidental exposure at school is harder), good vitamin and gut bacteria supplements, plus a good diet, I might stand a chance of it not happening too often. He has only had three attacks in two years, so I am hopeful that this will not be a frequent visitor to our house.
There is a part of me that is less relaxed, I am also wondering if we should avoid sleepovers, also what if this happens at school? The rational part of me thinks we should just see if it happens again before getting too worried. The other part of me is concerned that this might happen when I am not with him, I am worried that he won't be able to manage the level of pain without help.
Any advice of any kind is really welcome.
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