Son Has Acid Reflux
Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:40 PM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:44 PM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:59 PM
It doesn't hurt to ask for a Celiac panel from your doctor (PCP or Pediatrician can request this.) Please note: DO NOT TRY THE GLUTEN FREE DIET IF YOU ARE GOING TO PURSUE TESTING. Removing gluten, just to see if it helps, will reduce the chances for accurate testing. If testing doesn't turn up anything, you can try the diet to see if it helps. In my opinion, it's worth trying for an official diagnosis in order to get any accommodations from the school system. My daughter is eligible to buy a gluten free hot lunch which is only available to kids with a diagnosis. Also, when she was having gluten issues in the fourth grade, we were able to get all gluten snacks removed from her classroom (at the time, the kids were all allowed to bring whatever they wanted (peanut free) to snack on during the day.)
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:08 AM
Keep in mind thought it could be something else. In addition to the gluten, I have also have a herniated esphogus which causes the valve between your esphogus and stomach to not work making anything and everything to easily come right back up...mostly stomach acid. OTC meds do nothing for me. I have to take a strong precription medication to keep the acid down to a tolerable level.This only got worse as I grew up and whenever I was more active.
Just keep an open mind that it could be more than just celiac. Testing for celiac us a great idea. I actually got my diagnosis through a colonoscopy so if they biospy your son, they might see other signs or issues for the reflux. Celiac might solve your son's problems without meds. But if he still has the acide reflux, remember that stomach acid can do a lot of damage too and is just as important to get taken care of.
Hope all goes well for your son! Neither of these are fun issues!
Gluten Free since November 2010 and feeling fantastic!
(Mis)diagnosis with IBS in 2004
MSG and caffeine free since 2001
Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:05 AM
you have to add a possible congenital defect to the list of "usual suspects" for these symptoms
the list is quite long discuss it with your doctor.
These are all reasons to work with a pediatric gastroenterologist and have testing done (endoscopy with biopsy ~ camera tube down the throat and biopsies are taken even from "normal" looking tissue)
Posted 10 September 2012 - 09:11 AM
Read up on the meds - they were never intended to be used long term, especially in children (although doctors routinely prescribe them for months and even years . . . )
My son's celiac symptoms are completely different from mine. I have classic symptoms, he gets cranky and has joint pain. We both have celiac disease.
It certainly wouldn't hurt to get everyone tested. I would much rather find the cause of the problem then just keep treating the symptoms.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 07:52 PM
As the other posters suggested, keep an open mind to other possible causes also. It certainly won't hurt to get tested for it though.
Celiac disease(positive blood work/biopsy- 10/2008), gluten free oat intolerent, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis/Disease, Raynaud's Disease
celiac disease(positive IgA tTG, no biopsy- 11/2010)
repeated negative bloodwork and negative EGD/biopsy. Started on a gluten free trial(8/2011). He has decided to stay gluten free due to all of the improvements he has experienced on the diet.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 02:17 PM
Mine is now under control without medication, however, it is rather difficult to do so. I cannot eat fatty meats (bacon, sausage, you get the idea), no spicy at all,and no over doing it on the dairy. I also have to eat every so often (2-3 hours) to keep it from coming back up on me. I only drink water.
Another thought outside of Celiac, is the gallbladder. Mine was a MAJOR culprit on this for some strange reason and it seemed to decrease some.
Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:47 PM
My daughter has been sick a long time. Initially thought it was Celiac, but I have been questioning that and may in fact be but I thought I would share what we learned. The gluten-free diet worked for a while, but became sicker with time including her asthma. About seven months ago we got lucky and an ENT probed her and found she had acid reflux. Over the counter antacids did nothing and she developed awful diaries, so I put her on Prilosec. It helped some but she was vomiting nonstop. Took her to an aero digestive clinic After she had an upper GI series barium that showed severe reflux. They did two impedence ph probes, one on 80 mg Prilosec and one on nothing. In the end we opted for the Nissen. What they found in surgery, had my husband and I speechless. Her stomach was completely fused to her diaphragm, with no esophagus extending down from the diaphagm, the esophagus was not narrowed as it approached the stomach as it should, and so on. It was a mess. Prior to this she was down to eating at most a dozen foods, and prior to surgery eating only three. Everything was regurgitated even water. We are feeling extremely grateful to the doctors who found this after years of illnesses.
Best of luck!
Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:23 PM
my results came back negative but i know ive got a problem with wheat and dairy. the only thing they found during my tests was reflux. ive been slowly weaning myself off gluten and dairy over the last 2 weeks. didnt get the meds the doc recommended - good job coz i havent had any reflux all week
Posted 22 June 2013 - 07:57 AM
You can also have non acidic reflux which does not react to medications well. The only way to really know is to have a 24 hour PH impedence probe. This is how they differentiate between acid and nonacid and this is fairly new to the medical world.
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