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7 Year Old, Symptoms, Negative Blood Test

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HI, I am new here and searching for answers.

 

My now 7 year old has been having bad digestive issues for the past 18 months.  Over that time the Paeditrician has done a lactose intolerance test which was negative and a few months later a coeliac blood test, also negative.  He also did a stool sample,  which was normal.  Along with other blood tests for various other illness all of which came back normal.    Her paediatrician sent her to a specialist paediatrician for an ultrasound scan , which was fine, although he wanted to remove her appendices, a 2nd opinion on that one agreed it was unnecessary.

 

Her symptoms are daily stomach aches, headaches, sometimes a hugely bloated stomach (other kids at school have even commented on it).  Burps that could outdo my husband,  flatulence that often leaves a liquid poo stain in her underwear. Diarrohea and constipation,   huge stools that float and often look greyish.      She is very thin  and is extremely pale all the time,  her teacher has commented on how pale she is, and her hair is very dull.   Her new adult teeth are very yellow.   She has a very poor appetite, but in the past 2 weeks, she has developed a big appetite and always claiming to be hungry,  she also seems to be drinking more water and seems to be having urgent need to urinate which has led to a few accidents on the bathroom floor. She has a very bad smelling breath. 

 

So many of her symptoms point to coeliac or lactose intolerance, but the blood tests are normal.

 

Any ideas what my next steps should be,  is anything I can insist that the Dr. tests her for, any other tests I should request.

 

Thank you very much for any help.

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Have they tested her for diabetes?  The thirst and bad breath can be symptoms of juvenile diabetes.  Also, if you have the results of the tests they ran for Celiac, you can post them and we can let you know if a test was missed.


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Thank you for your response.

 

She has had a fasting glucose test and it was normal,  the thirst is a very recent thing.   All the other symptoms are ongoing for 18 months now.

 

These are the blood tests which were done by her paediatrician,

 

Coeliac Screen :- 

 

Endomysial Antibodies - Negative

Tissue Transglutaminase  - 0.10 u/ml (ref range 0.0 -10.0)

Immunoglobulin A - 1.35 g/L ( ref range 0.34 - 3.05)

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Cystic Fibrosis?  isn't that a genetic lung disease, I believe all kids are tested for that at birth, so I am assuming that is not anything we need to worry about.   

 

I really do believe something is going on in her intestines,  I have booked an appointment with a gastroenterologist but there are no paediatric ones in our area, unfortunately. 

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Cystic Fibrosis?  isn't that a genetic lung disease, I believe all kids are tested for that at birth, so I am assuming that is not anything we need to worry about.   

 

I really do believe something is going on in her intestines,  I have booked an appointment with a gastroenterologist but there are no paediatric ones in our area, unfortunately. 

 

yes it is mostly a lung condition, and as far as I know, not everyone is checked automatically for CF.  CF also has a GI component and CF does not always show up at birth.

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Thank you SMRI,  I just googled it and it is the first time I have ever read about the GI implications of CF.  I do believe she was screened for CF, she was born premature in Belgium with some lung issues and spent several weeks in NICU, but I didn't realise it might not show up at birth.   

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