Please help my son with abdominal pain
My 16 year old son has had abdominal pain since he was in elementary school. It is worse in the morning, sometimes so bad he can hardly stand up, but usually better in the afternoon. I took him to a pediatric gastroenterologist when he was 8 who said he needed more fiber in his diet. After a month of high fiber, which made him sick and didn't help the pain, we gave up on that and didn't go back to that Dr. Years later it is to the point where he can hardly go to school and we are in legal trouble over it. About 6 months ago I took him to the urgent care who sent him to the ER because they thought it was his appendix. The CT scan showed appendix fine but enlarged colon, so we were referred to another Ped. GI. He did a colonoscopy and said it looked fine. So over the past 6 months my son has had 2 CT scans, an MRI, gastric emptying study, upper GI, capsule endoscopy, and several prescriptions. No diagnosis and no pill helps other than Lortabs but we don't want to go that route. We even tried a couple of antispasmotics and pills for IBS to see if they would help. No luck. Meanwhile my son keeps missing school and we are on the verge of being charged with truancy. Oh, and his GI Dr won't sign the form to get him on homebound (where a teacher comes to our house) because he says that if he signs it without a diagnosis he will lose credibility. And anything I try to suggest like if I read about something he just blows off. Thanks a lot Doc... and unfortunately none of the adult GIs will see a minor so that limits us to the 2 choices I have mentioned. He describes the pain as a sharp pain in the lower right quadrant that radiates upward and also across his abdomen to the left. Also I forgot to mention that the GI is now saying I need to make him an appointment with a therapist to see if all this is caused by anxiety which the boy does have some issues thanks to his deadbeat drunk father but that's another story. Someone please help??!!