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From McEwen, Tennessee, USA:

My 10 year old son, who has diabetes, has been having severe upper abdominal pain and vomiting for a week. He vomits yellow bile and this temporarily relieves pain, but It always returns. This happens periodically, and the pediatrician always calls it a stomach virus and says to give him Coca-Cola. He's been back to the doctor twice this week with no tests or prescriptions. Could this be something more than a stomach virus? Is it time to move on to an endocrinologist?

Answer:

Yes. Possibilities include (These are the most common ones, but there are many more.):

  1. gastroparesis diabeticorum
  2. celiac disease
  3. ulcers
  4. hiatal hernia
  5. adrenal insufficiency
  6. thyroid problems
A good pediatric endocrinologist who has experience with type 1 diabetes will know about these and others to consider, or you can consider going back to your son's own pediatrician to help you investigate differential diagnoses.

SB

DTQ-20010406235951
Original posting 29 Apr 2001
Posted to Other Illnesses

  
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