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My 17 year old daughter has had strong stomach pains for two

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My 17 year old daughter has had strong stomach pains for two years now, accompanied by shortness of breath. She has seen 4 doctors over two years, they've blamed anything from being a girl, stress, her age, trying antacids, IBS pills, nothing has changed her symptoms, and the latest doctor has only recently taken blood for tests. She got the results today but it showed nothing abnormal, and he then prescribed her anti-depressants!?! This sounds ludicrous to me, she is not a particularly anxious type, not a worrier, the pain can be debilitating for her, and now the shortness of breath is a worry to us all. I want to find a specialist for her, but what type should I ask or look for?
Many thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry she is having these symptoms.

Dr. David :

she should consult with a GI specialist or get another opinion from another internal medicine doctor

Dr. David :

she should get a CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis and get stool testing to check for microscopoic blood in her stool.

Dr. David :

does she have excessive anxiety symptoms or panic attacks?

Dr. David :

she could also get pulmonary function testing as well.

Dr. David :

a pulmonary function test can check for asthma and airway disease which can cause shortness of breath.

Dr. David :

severe allergies can cause allergic asthma and difficulty breathing as well.

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

no other anxiety symptoms. What is a GI specialist?

Dr. David :

GI is gastroenterology doctor

Dr. David :

these doctors specialize in the GI system or stomach, bowels, liver, pancreas digestive system.

Dr. David :

if her pains are coming from her abdominal area, a GI doctor could help.

Dr. David :

or her regular doctor could order a CT scan of her abdomen or abdominal ultrasound scan to look inside of her abdomen to see if there is anything wrong there.

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hello?

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

yes, sorry, I was talking to my daughter about your questions.

Dr. David :

that is fine.

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

Abdominal pains, accompanied by the shortness of breath around the same time. The stomach pains are debilitating, quite strong

Dr. David :

it sounds she needs an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scan

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

We have lost trust in the GP's, her pains prevent normal activities yet they have tried very little to test for anything and today said 'all clear on blood test, what do you want us to do about it?', she's 17, not a doctor!

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

This is in the UK, it can be hard to get further referral, can I approach private practices for better help and tests, or must the GP refer her?

Dr. David :

you can approach private practice doctors

Dr. David :

and ask for abdominal ultrasound testing.

Dr. David :

ask her GP to refer for abdominal ultrasound testing.

Dr. David :

that is not expensive.

Dr. David :

lung pulmonary function testing is not expensive either to check for asthma.

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

Thank you, ***** ***** do this. I will not accept the GP's lack of interest. We have history or asthma and high mortality rate female cancers in our family, I do not jump to conclusions but I would expect better support

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

...."history OF asthma"....

Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

I hope my information has helped.

Dr. David :

best of luck to you and your daughter.

Dr. David :

let me know if you have other questions.

JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

thank you very much for your time and learned advice Sir

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JACUSTOMER-zc6ynt3p- :

This is sufficient for now, many thanks

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