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9 year old step son with stomach pain
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9 year old step son with stomach pain

Since about February my step-son has had ongoing stomach pains.  They were treating him for acid reflux and once they got that tested it came back negative.  He lives with his mother who works full time and he never see's her.  He comes to our house on the weekends.  He says his stomach hurts sometimes but not always from what I have noticed after he eats.  He had the stomach flu and his mother took him to the Dr and they said he had an enlarged splene, since then they have been monitorin it and it has goine down.  He has been to 3 specialists and so far nothing major has been found.  He has always made comments to me that he never see's his mom because she's always working.  I have noticed when he is about to get into trouble he starts crying and brings it up.  I think that he has some type of emotional issue because he doesn't see his mother like he wants to.  They are waiting to rule out all of the physical things before they go to the pschological route.  Do these symptoms seem physical or pschological is basically my question.  This has been going on for 4 months and no answers.  I just want to be able to help him get better.
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   thats great that they are taking his symptoms seriously, though I am not sure I see a reason to hold off on treating his emotional needs as well. Emotional distress can exacerbate physical problems, and physical symptoms can cause psychological distress. Of course continue with ruling out any purely physical condition, but you can begin psychological care immediately. I would find a psychologist, licensed counselor or licensed clinical social worker who has experience working with children from divorced/blended families.

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Rebecca Resnik
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