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Old 11-25-2019, 09:13 AM
 
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My son has been having some very strange and very worrisome symptoms for almost 2 weeks now. We've been to 3 doctors who keep insisting it's a stomach bug and sending him home, but I've never heard of a stomach bug lasting anywhere close to 2 weeks - especially the vomiting.

This all started on Monday morning November 11th. He developed a fever of about 101, started throwing up, and was very lethargic. Classic stomach virus symptoms. We took him to the doctor who diagnosed a stomach virus and gave the standard hydrate, bland diet, and rest advice. After about 48 hours, he started getting diarrhea but the vomiting went away, so we figured it was working its way out of his system. By Friday Nov 15th, he seemed completely fine with no symptoms remaining. On the next night, 11/16 he projectile vomited everywhere at about 1AM, and then was covered in diarrhea when we got him up the next morning. We chalked it up to eating something that bothered him because we had gone to a new restaurant that night, and the whole next day he was his happy, energetic self. The same exact pattern happened Sunday night. We called his ped Monday AM and they said not to worry it still seemed like the bug. Monday night, same exact thing so as soon as the pediatrician opened Tuesday morning we went in. They checked him out, didn't feel any swelling or blockages, gave him a strep test, and once again settled on stomach bug. Tuesday night, same exact thing. FINALLY, Wednesday and Thursday nights it stopped, but he didn't poop either day. This past Friday, BAM back again in full force, and then massive diarrhea this morning. (technically yesterday since its 12:30AM Sunday)

We took him to Children's Healthcare of ATL today. They checked him out and gave him x-rays which were clear of any blockages or other abnormalities. They also checked his testicles because apparently issues there can lead to similar symptoms. (But he was fine there) Once again they're chalking it up to a stomach bug that just won't quit. They gave us take-home stool sample kits to rule out some other things like C Diff.

As a type this at 12:30, he just had another vomiting episode about 30 minutes ago. This makes 9 out of the last 13 nights he's projectile vomited in the middle of the night, and inevitably he will have diarrhea sometime by morning, and will act completely fine all day tomorrow. He has no abdominal pain and no blood in vomit or stool. We have also not changed his diet in any way. In fact, the last few days have been toast, saltines, broth, and water. No new toothpastes or anything else.

These doctors that are presumably smarter than me keep saying this is just a virus. Can that possibly be the case? My wife and I are going to talk in the morning but my thought is we call the pediatrician and demand an appointment with a gastroenterologist right away. I just don't know what else to do. Has anyone else heard of anything like this?
When my daughter was about the same age she had a similar experience. Classic stomach bug. After the initial worst symptoms subsided she would be fine during the day but then vomit in the middle of the night every night for a little over two weeks. Her doctor said it had something to do with both getting over her sickness and lying down. I can’t remember exactly what but something almost like reflux build up. Anyway, it did end a little after two weeks. I hope your son is feeling better very soon.
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:58 AM
 
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We were at the ER yesterday he wasn’t dehydrated they said as long as we keep giving him fluids all they can do is wait for the stool tests to come back.
Just make sure he is hydrated. Had a relative with this problem and they ended up in ICU.
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:36 PM
 
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Thanks for the help everyone. Update. No vomit last night. Ate everything from his bland diet today. He’s energetic and happy. Drinking a bunch of water and some gatorade mixed with water. Had diarrhea this afternoon but slightly more solid than in past days. We may have to skip Thanksgiving with family but as long as he gets better that’s what matters.

What really pisses me off is the doctor said the sample results will take a WEEK to come back. I don’t understand that. Even after I complained they didn’t seem to care at all. I just had my physical and my labs were back in 24 hours! So frustrating.
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:47 PM
 
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Thanks for the help everyone. Update. No vomit last night. Ate everything from his bland diet today. He’s energetic and happy. Drinking a bunch of water and some gatorade mixed with water. Had diarrhea this afternoon but slightly more solid than in past days. We may have to skip Thanksgiving with family but as long as he gets better that’s what matters.

What really pisses me off is the doctor said the sample results will take a WEEK to come back. I don’t understand that. Even after I complained they didn’t seem to care at all. I just had my physical and my labs were back in 24 hours! So frustrating.
A week sounds like a long time, but then I don't know what tests the doc ordered. It does take a while to grow out bacteria/virus.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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Super disheartened. He threw up again last night. It wasn't as much, but it was thicker, chunkier, and seemed to be more of a struggle to get up. No diarrhea this morning. He is still peeing, drinking water/pedialyte, and doesn't seem to be in pain other than at night. We have an appointment with a gastroenterologist in an hour and we will see from there if he recommends we check him into the hospital based on what he sees.


I called the lab back and asked for details on the stool samples taking so long. They confirmed it's because they need to do cultures which takes days. Not something they can immediately see under a microscope.
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Old 11-26-2019, 12:13 PM
 
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Super disheartened. He threw up again last night. It wasn't as much, but it was thicker, chunkier, and seemed to be more of a struggle to get up. No diarrhea this morning. He is still peeing, drinking water/pedialyte, and doesn't seem to be in pain other than at night. We have an appointment with a gastroenterologist in an hour and we will see from there if he recommends we check him into the hospital based on what he sees.


I called the lab back and asked for details on the stool samples taking so long. They confirmed it's because they need to do cultures which takes days. Not something they can immediately see under a microscope.
That's what I thought but usually that just takes about 48 hours. Plus of course reporting time. Shouldn't be more than 3-4 days.

Good to see you're going to the dr. Probably there right now!
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Old Today, 11:15 PM
 
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Hoping for the better and he has improved. Please let us know.
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