From Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada:
Our 9 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 3 1/2 years ago. He takes 3 injections of Regular insulin before each meal, and 1 injection of NPH at bedtime. His diabetes is in good control, however he sometimes complains of stomach pain. I've attributed some of the pain to constipation but more often he is not constipated but will still complain of stomach pain. What could be causing this? The pain is always gone within a 24 hour period.
Everyone experiences stomachaches from time to time. If you're worried that your son is experiencing complications of diabetes, this is extremely doubtful. It sounds like this is more related to food such as gas causing foods or spicy food or even overeating; be sure to check with your son's doctor about this problem.
Additional Comments from Linda Mackowiak, diabetes nurse specialist:Although long-term complications would be most unlikely, daily fluctuations in diabetes control could give symptoms. Check the urine for ketones, and also if he has been having hypoglycemia then belly aches could be a sign. Less common, would be celiac disease, which is slightly more likely in people with diabetes. Talk to your doctor about screening for celiac disease with a blood test if gastrointestinal symptoms are a chronic problem.
Original posting 17 Feb 98
Additional comment added 23 Feb 1998
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
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