When my son went off gluten last fall and then went off it 100% last May, his stomach aches increasingly improved. He still has them a couple times a week regardless. Now when he does have gluten accidentally or tries a little dairy or sweets now, they give him a stomach ache and diarrhea within about 10 minutes.
Today his pediatrician said he should have never gone off grains (because food restrictions always get worse after that – ha ha). We forgot to tell her he went off diary too! She also said that my son is not normal as he has lost weight (we think he has stayed steady, but it is only a 3lb dispute) and has only grown 9 cm in two years. She wants him to eat the grains so that her stool tests and tests for celiac, h pylori, IBS etc. will be more accurate.
He is 4 feet ¾ and 80 pounds (77lb today) and 14 and two months. He was tested for H pylori and celiac in 2009, both negative. He was on prevacid spring 2010 to spring 2011 for gastritis.
My son was in tears, he doesn’t want to eat grains at all but he wants to grow badly and wants the stomach aches to end. I said if we did it - it would be just for a few days.We go back in 6 weeks to get test results and she wants to put him on prevacid again. He wants to take it. This was our first visit in a year, the last time she told him to drink lots of Boost (he saw the sunflower oil and maltodextrin on the label and never touched it).
So I told him doctors are very useful sometimes, especially helpful in terms of diagnosing (when they have good tests) but that we have other sources of knowledge as well that will treat the whole body and respect his choice to stay off the grains (he is decidedly paleo). I assured him we would combine the best of both approaches.
should he have the gluten for a few days prior to tests?
what are the long term issues with prevacid?
do you think the delayed growth and the tummy issues are connected?
Thanks a million,