My son has Downs Syndrome and Autism and has had some major changes in the last few months which ended with hospitalisation and a discharge with constipation and gas!!! I felt sure it was thyroid related - but jsut had the all clear on that......
15lb weight gain since 9th September
Increased lethargy including sleeping in the day. (normally sleeps 3-4 hours a night only)
Dry skin, increase in psoriasis on his scalp
Sudden awareness of cold. (nevr been able to tell hot from cold till last month - noticed drs hands were cold)
Lack of interest in usual activities. (very tired by 2-3pm and no interest in activities he loves)
Neck seems swollen - he has lost his jawline.
Has spells of lower pulse rate – 50-65
Bouts of constipation and diarrhoea
Pale yellow coloured faeces
Constant throat and ear infections
Deeper sounding voice
Periods of very slow processing
Seems miserable a lot and keeps saying he feels sad
There are many families that find that taking gluten out of the diet can be helpful to children with autism. Not all, but enough to give a gluten-free diet a try. Even if it's not outright celiac disease, there are those who develop an intolerance to gluten and their symptoms can range from mild to severe. Give the diet a try for at LEAST 3-4 weeks and you should start to see some small indication that an intolerance is either present or not.
In those without autism, but with an intolerance with autism, they find that symptoms vary across the board. There can be tie-ins with asthma-like issues, GI issues, skin issues, fatigue, brain-fog, anxiety, depression, peripheral neuropathy, etc, etc.
OMG OMG OMG Looks like we have found out what is wrong with David - His last blood test has come back positive for H Pylori Bacteria - symptoms include bloating, indigestion tummy pain central below the ribs (right where he was pointing), fatigue, sickness, diarrhoea........ possible complications are ulcers and stomach cancer. I'm presuming he has a bad case to have been in so much pain for so long when he does not normally feel pain...... It has been 3 months that I have noticed changes in him and a month that this pain has been so bad for him....... so 1 week of 2 strong antibiotics and he should be better.......Im so hopeful and excited that this is what has been wrong..... keeping referral to gastroenterologist just in case.
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