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My daughter has been ill for the past month and at first started with the stomach virus that's going around and treated for croop and then started having stomach pains. We took her to a specialist and with her history of acid reflux a couple of years ago he's testing her for Celiac disease. Her pains sometimes are so bad she cries. She's 10 years old. My mother inlaw said she had terrible stomach problems when she was child but has so many operations including her intestines that nothing bothers her anymore. She is so skinny, since being sick the start of Jan. she has dropped 5 pounds and it took 2 years to get her to weight 50 pounds. It all makes sense, this celiac disease and what she's gone thru. She loves pasta and eats alot of it. Did anyone have the pain in the lower stomach?

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Did anyone have the pain in the lower stomach?

Yes my 11yo did, just below her belly button and occasionally in her back/kidney area, and a reflux. they found celiac 'by accident'. She was on 50th centile at birth and dropped to 3rd at 3 months. she was 128cm tall and only 25Kilo (about 50ibs) She was better within about 5 days gluten-free but did have a lot of withdrawl symptoms.

I hope this is of some help

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The symptoms you describe also sound like those caused by the adenovirus. Check this article for a good description.

Given the link between the virus and gluten intolerance, I'd suggest a gluten-free diet immediately, if you haven't already started. Don't worry about the pasta or other foods. You can use Tinkyada rice pasta, which is truly good. She might not even know the difference. Keep in mind that it is often the case for gluten intolerant individuals to actually become "hooked" on wheat products. I myself could not get enough of the stuff, and could not imagine doing without. That it seems was the chemical addiction talking. Once gluten-free for awhile, the cravings were gone, and I only occasionally have the rice pasta. It's as good as ever, but it doesn't set off a desire for more.

It's weird how harmful food can be a drug.

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