Our ten year old has been under the weather for about a month now. He’s had symptoms including a sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, malaise, joint and muscle pain, and diarrhea. The most prevalent complaint is nausea. In fact, nausea has been the one consistent symptom throughout the whole ordeal.
I’ve made it clear to our General Practitioner and G.I. specialist that he has no motivation to remain sick (he loves school, sports, his teacher, and his friends) and is not a complainer unless he feels really bad. We’ve been able to rule out several maladies, including strep throat, mono, lyme disease, West Nile, various inflammatory diseases, low iron, Giardia, and other intestinal parasites. We’re currently waiting on test results for H. pylori and Celiac Disease.
While he’s missed a few days of school here and there, he’s returned to school on doctor’s orders as a way to distract him from the nausea. Her concern is that he’s fallen into a medical and behavioral pattern where he feels nauseated, stays home and dwells on it, and perpetuates the problem. Don’t get me wrong! She doesn’t think that he’s faking, but she wants him to get back to his usual routine as soon as possible. I tend to agree with her.
Together with the G.I. specialist we’re hoping to eliminate his nausea altogether. I’ll write more about the other two test results as soon as I hear.