Stomach pain for over 4 years. What can it be?

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I've had a stomach problem for over 4 years now. I've had all the tests done the doctors could possibly think of, and endoscopy, a colonoscopy, tests for different diseases, allergies, and everything like that. This all started when my parents got divorced, and I don't think I'm stressed. I've been to specialists and they still can't find anything. I've even been to therapy. A child physiatrist started me on an anti anxiety and depression medication which hasn't helped AT ALL. I'm 16 and In the last 6 months I have lost 25 pounds due to not being able to eat very much. My ENTIRE abdominal area is extremely tender to the touch to the point where I can't even touch it/ slightly push on it. I'm nauseous and I'm tired of it. All the tests were done 2 years ago. Could anything have changed? Or could something else be wrong? I'm in quite a bit of pain and I just need some other opinions. 

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    If it was 2 years ago of course anything could change. Try and convince your doctor to get more tests done because you'll need it again after 2 years.

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    Hi Jennaf1045

    Have you had an ultrasound scan, MRI or CT scan of your abdominal area?...what foods do you eat..when you eat?

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      I've had an ultrasound of my gallbladder, my kidneys, my liver everything. I eat pretty healthy like salads and stuff like that. And I normally eat small meals/snacks throughout the day. I've found that big meals make my stomach worse. 

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      I've also had one of the CT scans where they watched my gallbladder drain to see if it was working correctly 

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    Sorry to hear about your pain, did you you start eating, drinking, or taking any medications around your parents divorce? Do you have any bloating?
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      No I didn't start eating differently, I didn't drink, I wasn't on any medications. I may have bloating but it's been here for so long I don't really know anymore. All I know is that if I stretch the skin around my belly button and pull it up, it eases the pain. 

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    Actually, you are right in the age window. It is usually diagnosed between 15-35 although a late diagnosis is. It uncommon (such as was my case). There is a genetic component. - about 20% of people diagnosed have a family member with it, but as you can see from the numbers, it's often a fluke in a lot of people. Have you had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy?

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      Could my symptoms have developed when I was younger though? And carbonated drinks make me feel worse. (Just saying if that'll help) but the thing is, if I need to get another endoscopy, I don't know if my mother would agree to it. And how do I bring this stuff up to my doctor? 

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    This sounds very like IBS.  Do you have change of bowel habit?  Have you tried a food  diary?  Does your pain move about?  Your parents' divorce will very likely have stressed you even if you didn't notice it at the time.  I didn't connect my stress with the onset of my IBS; my doctor made the connection after I had seen several over three and a half months, Has no doctor ever mentioned IBS?  If everything is negative, IBS is diagnosed.  Change your doctor.

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      I haven't had a change of bowel habits, the doctors had said that I had IBS in the beginning but proved themselves wrong. They made me keep a food diary, stool diary and stuff like that. (I know gross right) everything is negative. I've never had a change of bowel habits unless I'm sick but that's about it 

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