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My daughter who is 8 years old has ongoing severe abdominal pain, but no one has been able to work out the cause. The last visit to hospital the consultant in the day assessment unit suggested she had functional pain, after ruling out appendicitus. But I am really struggling to see that there isn't an underlying cause, just because they haven't found it yet. I wondered if any one had a similar story and it turned out to be functional pain or something different?
The pain she has is severe - she screams out in pain if someone touches her stomach. The pain is located in the right hand side where her appendix is. The pain never goes but she also has episodes which last several hours when the pain is more severe, where she will cry and roll around in pain. She cries out if she jumps, goes up the stairs, laughs, coughs or yawns. The doctor made her cry and sob for insisting she laid down with her knees up. She wakes from her sleep because of the pain. I have had her in bed with me some nights and have seen her wince in pain in her sleep. This has been going on for the past three months. School time, weekend, school holidays do not make any difference. Distraction can help but she can forget about it sometimes and then wince in pain because of the movement she makes. She has had blood tests, urine test and an ultra sound scan which were all found to be normal. She has not had a fever and does not suffer from constipation or diarrhoea. It seems we have been on a roundabout of is it or isn't appendicitis. The only other suggestion has been colitis. She does have a low pain threshold and I know she worries that the pain is something serious which does not help. I would be grateful of any advice. Should I be pushing for more tests? if so any idea what? Thank you for any help or advice.
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