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What To Expect From First Gi Specialist Appt.?

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my 6yo son has been complaining of stomach aches since school started last fall. that was also when we started eating dairy and wheat after being off it for nearly 6 months. it has been getting worse and worse over the months. a few weeks ago i finally got our ped. to take some stool samples after we eliminated dairy and he was still having stomach aches. she also wanted to start him on Miralax because she believed he had encopresis. everything came back normal but i'm not sure what they were looking for. the Miralax just made his already soft stool even softer.

the other day he doubled over in pain for a few hours. i gave him some tums and he stopped complaining. today he hasn't eaten much, 2 slices of bacon, part of a granola bar and a few bits of some noodles in broth. i've been amping up to take the kids off gluten and i've already been off it for 3 weeks with much improvement with my own issues. i'm taking him off it immediately. our ped. know this and is sending up to a GI specialist. she's also giving me blood work orders for allergies and Celiac screening that i'll pick up tomorrow.

what will they do at his visit? should i expect any test to be done or is it just a meet and greet with a simple exam? if there is testing what should i ask for or will they offer?

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try and get them to order a hydrogen breath test too. the double over in pain makes me say this. my daughter did this (and school even called 911). it tests for fructose malabsorption/intolerance.

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his appt. is this afternoon. we had blood work on Friday but i'm not expecting the results for a few more days. i'm excited yet scared to figure this all out. i just want him to feel better and not be embarrassed by his bodily functions.

we had been gluten-free since Thursday and he got into some cake at a friends party on Saturday night. within an hour his stomach was super bloated and be was in pain. a few hours later he was pretty sick and attached to the toilet. lots of sulfur burps and foul, foul gas for the next 18+ hours. i've had similar episode many times of the last few years. i've been able to traces the last few to gluten exposure after avoiding it for many days to weeks at a time.

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