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Updominal pain

For over a year my 14 year old grandson is suffering from strong pain in the abdominal / stomach area. He ries and sreams for pain. He was taken to the doctors and a hospital. They opend him up and checked everything. They even removed several things. Nothing worked. The doctors don't know anymore what to do. So he was sent to a well known pain clinic in Kansas,Missouri for three weeks. They had experimented several things. Even decreasing the narcotics, which he is taking in great amounts.. The Mayo clinic declined to help after the Denver clinic had already tried everything.Is there any hope for a cure?

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It is difficult to say over the web without examination, both of the patient and the medical records.

I agree with the second opinions, especially at major academic medical centers.  There are a variety of reasons for persistent abdominal pain, including celiac disease, upper digestive disorders, liver/gallbladder disease, inflammatory bowel disease or malabsorption, among others.

Imaging the abdomen, including a CT scan and/or MRI, as well as both upper and lower endoscopies should be done.  Blood and stool tests excluding celiac disease and malabsorption can also be considered.

It's very likely these tests have already been done.  If so, another GI opinion at a major academic medical center can be discussed.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin Pho, M.D.

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Thank you so very much for your quick response. Since my knowledge of my grandson's medical condition is limited I have asked my son and daughter in law to state their questions.
I am so desperate in finding someone who might have a solution. The situation is not only heartbreaking for my grandson but also for his parents. In fact for everyone in the family.
Thank you again very much!
Fritz H. Friederich
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