Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
February 27, 2008
Aches and Pains
Question from Ireland:
My eight-year-old daughter has had diabetes since she was 23 months old. She has ongoing stomach pains. Her blood test was negative for celiac disease and heliclobacter. She is in pain most evenings until she falls asleep. Her upper abdomen becomes like a drum and she feels like she is going to vomit (but doesn't), and has burping, which she describes as "bubbles coming up her neck." What could be causing this?
I might repeat the celiac tests and certainly would consider a consultation with a gastroenterologist perhaps also with endoscopy to look for a culprit. Sometimes a mild wheat/gluten allergy will also cause such problems in which case the celiac tests will be weakly positive or only nonspecific. Avoiding wheat and gluten for three to four weeks very strictly would answer this question. It is not likely related to diabetes. Gut motility disorders, unrelated to diabetes, would also be a possible consideration that the gastroenterologist could discuss. Rarely, thyroid and adrenal disorders can cause bowel and belly symptoms as can simple things like lactose intolerance.