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    Hi, my name is Lisa and have a 10 year old son living with TS, anxiety, depression at present.

    He has always had problems moving his bowels, but now his bowel are moving fine but he has been suffering from extreme gastrointestinal pain radiating around the belly button.

    I was wondering if anyone knows of any common related stomach or bowel disorders common to Tourette's children.

    Thank you,
    Lisa
    Peterborough, Ontario
    Canada
    Mother of 10 year old son with TS

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    Hi Lisa,
    My son has been going through almost exactly what you've explained about your child. He will be 10 in just a few weeks.
    The only thing that I have been able to find out this
    " occurence" is that it may be an " internal tic" Try to find out if he is
    " clenching" his abdominal muscles, he may not even know he's doing it.
    After 2 years of laxatives, high fibre, lots of missed school due to pain, (and many shed tears) I found out ( and only 2 days ago) that this is the case with my son. His O.C.D. stopped him from doing his business in the school washroom so he would not go until he came home. (This is what caused the chronic constipation to begin with). Then everything as you said began to flow freely ( perhaps he overcame that compulsion?) I don't know, but in order to " hold it in" you have to clench you buttocks and abdominal muscles. This led to the internal tic that my son has. And, the pain is terrible for him, as you say, radiating from and his belly button. One minute his face will be bright and colorful and the next it's washed out white, and with terrible G.I. pain. I look at as if a 9 year were to be lifting weights in the same category as a full grown 200 pound man. I'm no doctor, but you may want to keep this in mind. Good Luck & God Bless
    Colleen

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    My son who is 11 is going thru the same thing right now. So maybe it is realted to TS. He had a bout once before and it left him, and the doctor didn't know what was causing it. Last night, same thing again. It's coming on the end of the school year and changes are happening in school as they go from one grade to another. Maybe this is what causing some of this , I'm not sure.

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    Cookie,

    Is your son taking any medication ? Has your son been seen by a specialist or you family physician?

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    Hi
    Yes he's on risperdol, slow release ritalin, and the regular ritalin. I had him to the family doctor today, he said it could be caused from stress, or his stomach might be irritated. This is the 2nd time this has happened .

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    Cookie,

    I would refer you to the Canadian product monograph of Ortho Janssen HERE where abdomial pain is reported among possible side effects.

    Another informative site is HERE at Drugs.com. Though the site is U.S. it is an informative lay site which reports stomach cramps (at the bottom of the page) among the side effects to which most people become acclimated after a while once the body adjusts to the medication.

    You may want to print these and discuss them wit your son's doctor or your pharmacist.

    How long has your son been taking these meds?

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    Hi
    He's been taking the ritalin since 2002 with many dosage changes in between. The risperdal he just started taking that on May 19, 2005.

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    Cookie,

    As the risperdal has been added recently, it would correlate with the information our search has revealed, that the abdominal pain may be a side effect that goes away as one becomes acclimated to the new medication.

    This is my own personal interpretation of the information, which shoud not be taken as more than a lay opinion.

    Your son's concern should be discussed with a physician who has a clear understanding of the pharmacokinetics of your son's medications as well as its clinical effects.

    Pharmacokinetics refers to the study of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) of bioactive compounds in a higher organism.

    You may want to ask for a referral to a specialist if your son's condition does not improve or if you feel the information you receive is unsatisfactory.

    No competent physician should be offended if you are unconvinced by his/her diagnosis and no physician should be offended if you request a second opinion.

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    My daughter who has not been dx but I highly suspect has TS/SID/OCD has had bowel problems since the day we toilet trained her. We had thought that perhaps she was just too young to be potty trained back then. I mean, she was over 3 which all our kids were, but her and her brother who is now 13 and had TS/OCD/CD both had bowel problems.

    Last summer, we took our daughter to the doctor who did a blood test for what I have no idea, but anyways, by the way we and she described her symptoms, he said it sounded like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms of IBS are pretty close to what you described. We also tried the laxatives, fiber and whatnot. We even eliminated dairy products thinking they were the cause. I will say that the latter did work abit. I'm pretty sure that she's not allergic to dairy products but our experiment did show that reducing dairy intake did help alleviate her pain.

    With our son, the symptoms went away, mind you, he will not go to the bathroom for anymore than to urinate in a public washroom, this included school restrooms. It took a long time for his symptoms to subside and he still complains of a stomach ache but he's 13 and he rarely tells us unless it's hurting bad. I mean this pain use to cause him to have headaches as well...yup migraine prone boy.

    Anyways, good luck...don't lose hope, there is help out here somewheres...If you haven't already, please take your child to a pediatrician. They are so much more trained in children's hurts and meds.

    BonnieJean
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    BonnieJean,

    Thanks for sharing your experience and widening the perspective of the discussion. In addition to considering Milk (lactose) intolerance have you considered intolerance to gluten as well...contained in bread and many prepared foods?

    don't lose hope, there is help out here somewheres...If you haven't already, please take your child to a pediatrician. They are so much more trained in children's hurts and meds.
    What great advice!

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