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When "Mommy, My Stomach Hurts!" Requires Medical Attention

I am a mother who had the ordeal of a daughter with appendicitis.

We've all had upset stomachs from time to time. We often don't worry about it since we chalk it up to something we ate. However, it is always concerning when your child says their stomach hurts. You're not sure if they had just overindulged from the tub of ice cream or if something serious is going on.

There can be a variety of reasons for their discomfort. Before you panic, keep in mind that most causes for stomach aches are pretty banal and can be resolved with time and possibly an antacid for children. However, you should be aware of more serious causes like appendicitis. I had the experience of my daughter suffering from this. This article is intended to share my story as well as keep you informed for when your child says they have stomach pain.

This CAT scan shows a case of appendicitis. Note that the diameter of the appendix is swelled up to 17 mm in diameter. The normal size is around seven or eight mm.

This CAT scan shows a case of appendicitis. Note that the diameter of the appendix is swelled up to 17 mm in diameter. The normal size is around seven or eight mm.

What Causes Stomach Pain in a Child?

Abdominal pain in a child can be troubling but the cause may not be serious. There are a variety of causes that are not life-threatening and do not require a visit to the emergency room.


Studies have shown that constipation is responsible for nearly half of all cases of sudden stomach pain in children. It can be assumed constipation is the cause if your child has not gone to the restroom in two days or if their stool is hard. However, according to Dr. Dan Thomas, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, a bowel movement may not eliminate everything in their colon. Here are some preventive and relief measures.

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of fiber and fluids.
  • Avoid heavy consumption of processed grains and dairy.
  • Whole-grain cereals and pear juice can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Check with a pediatrician if your child can take any over-the-counter medication that can soften their stool.
  • Do not give your child any laxatives that is intended for adults.
  • Have your child try probiotics. "These natural bacteria, found in most yogurts or as over-the-counter supplements or vitamins, replenish the gut and help balance ph levels," says Dr. Nicole Swiner, a family medicine specialist at Durham Family Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. "They're a safe, non-pharmaceutical treatment for constipation, diarrhea, and other "below the belt" issues. It's my go-to for my five- and seven-year-old."


Gas is naturally produced by food being broken down in the large intestine. Some children can produce more than others, especially if they eat a lot of sugar. Excessive gas can be painful. Dairy foods can create great discomfort if your child is lactose intolerant. The best solution for this is to identify what your child is eating that is causing uncomfortable gas. You can read this useful article that describes which foods cause and prevent gas.

Gastroesophageal Reflux

It can surprising to hear but children can indeed suffer from heartburn. A symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) includes stomach aches. According to Nationwide Children's, this can occur when a child eats spicy food, fried food, junk food, or acidic food. It is best to implement preventive measures such as ensuring your child eats fruits and vegetables to balance out acid levels. You may check with a pediatrician if any type of medication can be used.

Abdominal Migraine

According to the American Migraine Foundation, this is a condition mostly found in children age five to nine. The symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. The triggers for the pain are similar to those of migraine headaches. Medication may be prescribed if the migraines are frequent. Children with abdominal migraines may go on to develop migraine headaches later in life.

These are gallstones formed from cholesterol. For size reference, each grid is 1 mm.

These are gallstones formed from cholesterol. For size reference, each grid is 1 mm.

When to Worry About Your Child's Stomach Pain

If your child's stomach pain does not improve in 24 hours, gets worse, or becomes more frequent, then something serious may be happening. These are some causes that require medical attention.


Gallstones are formed when the bile in your gallbladder hardens into stone-like objects. The can cause blockage in the hepatic ducts, which can lead to infection and organ damage. While not common in children, it does happen. According to Seattle's Children, the most common symptom is pain in the upper belly, typically on the right side. The pain is recurring and could potentially last for hours. Pain can occur after eating a meal, especially if the food is fatty or greasy. For more information, you can read this in-depth article on problems and treatments related to gallstones.

Stomach Ulcer

This is a lesion in the stomach. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, they are often caused by an infection of Heliobacter pylori, a bacteria that weakens the protective mucus in the stomach. The most common symptom for this is a burning or gnawing pain in the stomach. Other symptoms include anemia and fatigue. Treatment may include a variety of medicines and even surgery if needed. You can read this article which covers more complications and treatments of stomach ulcers.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This is a chronic disease in which the stomach, small intestine, or colon are inflamed or irritated. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, this condition is relatively rare in children, although it is slightly more common with teens around ages 15 to 19. The most common symptom is abdominal pain along with diarrhea and the presence of blood in bowel movements. Medication will be needed to treat this disease.


This is a life-threatening condition in which a part of the intestine folds into another segment. This obstructs food from passing through the intestine. This can lead to infections such as peritonitis. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, there is no known cause, although viral infections and abnormalities like polyps may play a role. Abdominal pain is the most common symptom. Vomiting may occur as well as bloody stool. Treatment is done with an enema or with surgery in more dire cases.

A CAT scan showing a case of intussusception. The circular target sign indicates where one part of the bowel folded into another.

A CAT scan showing a case of intussusception. The circular target sign indicates where one part of the bowel folded into another.


This is a condition in which the appendix suffers from inflammation. If an infected appendix is not removed, it can burst and spread bacteria. This can lead to serious infections and can cause peritonitis.

What causes appendicitis in children?

According to KidsHealth, appendicitis is the result of the appendix being blocked. This blockage is typically caused by hard stool (called fecolith), lymphadenopathy (the inflammation of lymph nodes), or even infections from parasites. A ruptured appendix can release bacteria throughout the abdomen, which can cause further complications. Appendicitis usually affects children and teens between the age of 10 and 20. It is the most common reason for emergency abdominal surgery in children.

What are the symptoms of appendicitis?

You should call a doctor if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms.

  • Strong stomach pain near the belly button or around the lower right side of the abdomen. The pain can begin infrequently before becoming more constant.
  • The presence of a low fever.
  • A decrease in appetite.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhea, particularly if mucus is present.
  • An infant with appendicitis may have their abdomen appear swollen or bloated.

My Personal Experience

One of the main reasons I am writing this is to potentially help save a child's life. Here is my story!

A few years ago my daughter complained of a stomach ache. Being the typical mom, I dismissed it as something she ate or she needed to have a bowel movement. The next morning, she said her stomach still hurt, but I got her dressed, fed her crackers, and sent her off to school. Since I work at the school, I told the teacher if her stomach continues to hurt, allow her to put her head down and I would pick her up immediately following school. My daughter rested all day in class but nothing major happened. I checked with the teacher who said she seemed fine by the end of the day. I checked with my daughter who said she felt better, so I decided to stay at work and send her to extended care to play for a while.

About an hour after arriving home, she said her stomach pain had returned. At this point I was wondering if she was faking this whole thing—but then again, after raising three other kids, I have learned to never accuse them of faking because you never know. So I called her doctor and explained the problem: stomach pain, vomiting on the first day, no fever, no diarrhea, no appetite. The doctor felt it was maybe the flu coming on. I did not believe it was the flu. She was not coughing, sniffling, or had a sore throat. So I did what every typical mother does. I jumped on the Internet and researched the flu.

My little sunshine felt better the next morning, so off to school we went. But later that day she ate and vomited and also developed a sore throat, so I decided to keep her home and keep an eye on her. She started to run a fever and get the sniffles so I figured that it was the flu. I took her to the doctor and they gave her an antibiotic for her throat. I ran out to get all the typical cough medicine and fill her with fluids. By Monday she felt better and we were off to another week at school. No stomach pain, no fever, nothing. Great!

The following week she developed a bizarre rash, so I took her to the doctor because I figured that she had been sick for two weeks now and this was not normal. I have watched enough House to know this was not normal. The doctor told me it was just a rash and gave her a steroid and discontinued the antibiotic. A few days later she felt better.

The following week she began to complain of stomach pain again. I told her to rest and see if it goes away. She played with her siblings so I dismissed the problem. In the middle of the night she came to get into bed with us, which is not abnormal. The next morning she complained of her stomach hurting but this time, she was rocking with the pain. I went to the Internet to research stomach pain in children. I wrote down her bowel movements and charted the past 2 ½ weeks. I went to the store to get something to help with her stomach ache. When I returned home she was in tears. I rushed to her side, trying to remain calm as I determined what was wrong. I took her temperature; low grade! I asked the typical questions. Where does it hurt? How bad is the pain? Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Can you get up? Did you go potty since mommy left?

I gave her a painkiller and some plum juice to move the crowd inside. A few moments later, she cries louder. I go back to her room and she is rocking even more, this time holding her stomach. I stretch her legs out and lay my hand on her stomach. She tells me that doesn’t hurt. I press down and she cries louder. I tell the other children to get dressed because we are leaving. I call her pediatrician to let her know I am going to the emergency room. She concurs and off we go!

I will spare you the emergency room nightmare. Let's just say that after a five hour wait we finally get blood test and a CT scan. The doctor came in to give us the bad news. Our daughter had to have surgery because she had appendicitis. Then another doctor entered the room and asked me to explain what happened. I told him how the pain started weeks ago, and how I called the doctor, took her to the doctor twice, and how this morning she was crying in pain but now she felt better. She was talking, laughing, and having a good time. She was her old self again. Were they sure this was appendicitis?

The head physician stated (and I quote), “This is not good.” Now I am scared. He tells us the pain leaving is the calm before the storm, how sometimes right before your appendix ruptures, you don’t feel pain. He explained how the pain with appendicitis comes and goes and that she needed surgery immediately!

Within minutes, a surgeon entered the room and explained everything, how fecal matter gets into your appendix and it gets infected and requires removal. He explained why my five-year-old needed surgery within the hour, as soon as they assembled a team. I was on the phone with all my prayer warriors, asking them to get the lines of prayer open. My husband and I prayed over our daughter and for the healing of her little body.

What Happened?

My daughter came home and recovered—praise God. The surgeons stated her appendix was nasty and they were sure they caught it just before it ruptured. The surgeon said my daughter must posses a high pain tolerance because she should have been screaming in agony—it was really bad. I know God was watching over my daughter because this could have turned out much worse. I pray this article and my story will help you.


  • Appendicitis. (2015, May). From KidsHealth.
  • Abdominal Migraine. From American Migraine Foundation.
  • Eller, D. (2015, July 15). "My Stomach Hurts": Common Causes and Cures for Tummy Trouble. From Parents.
  • Gallstones. From Seattle Children's.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children. From American College of Gastroenterology.
  • Intussusception. (2014, March 31). From Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers in Children. From University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • What to Do If Your Child Complains of Heartburn. From Nationwide Children's.

What about you?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Elizabeth Wyatt on July 02, 2019:

I have not been able to sleep for the last 4 days now and my stomach has been hurting for 4 days the same amount nights I've not been able to sleep for and it hurts so badly to the point where I'm not able to sleep at night and I'm up around 2AM to 3AM in the morning and I need to go to sleep until around 6:00 AM in the morning and also your article was really helpful I remember that in the future

Kailey Hicks on May 23, 2019:

I just read these articles for fun I’m just a kid, but I love reading this stuff so I know better in the future!

Lizel on August 20, 2018:

Im sitting here with my son 9 also stamach pain vomiting not eating hê has been complaining about it since friday and hê is not getting beter must i phone a ambulance.. Have 6 Kids and not one had ever had symptoms like this

Momof5 on June 03, 2018:

Why do drs so casually send kids home without tests to make sure its not an appendicitis? All these stories are scary. I recently took my son to the er with the same symptoms pain diarrhea vomiting the doctor said it was a stomach bug didn't do any tests at all just gave him a small pill for nausea and sent us on our way now a week later he's in pain again with diarrhea and vomiting. Im taking my child to another er. I hope we get more answers.

Ash on May 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for writing this.This is good information as my five years old complains for stomach ache here and there. Doctor gave her prescribed antacids which helped her , however the medicine was making her tired and anxious, so we decided to stop the medicine and requested low dose medicine. She was given over the counter antacids which didn’t help much. I am going for her next appointment this Thursday. I appreciate you for sharing your experience. God bless you!

Jenna on April 12, 2018:

If my stomach has been hurting for the past three years and every doctor I go to tells me it’s bad abdominal pain what am I supposed to do I have tried everything to cure my pain but it seems like everything is worthless and nothing is working

L.A.W. on March 19, 2018:

Thank you for sharing your story. I am making my daughter an appointment. She has been complaining of pain in her abdomen area to the point where she has to lay down and rest. This pain has been going on for quite sometime. She is going to the doctor today. Blessing to you and your family for sharing your experience.

Julie Orr on January 27, 2018:

This happened to my niece at age 8.(25 yrs ago) My sister took her to her pediatrician Dr. Day in Fl and was told she had the flu. Few days passed and she became worse,took her back again. Keep her resting, it will pass. Fever getting worse,Xmas eve niece could not even walk,was being carried all around lethargic with fever.Honestly, looked horrible and lost weight in the 2 weeks. Once we saw her we insisted she go straight to ER. It had ruptured few days ago. Poison throughout her body. Lucky she lived. Emergency surgery and 2 weeks in hospital. Never again. We have all become nurses including her

Michelle Taylor on January 09, 2018:

My 6 year old is having the exact symptoms I get really frustrated because I think she is crying wolf. But now that I read this I think that she needs to see her Dr again. She has seen him once now and I have talked to an after hours nurse. This is the 7th day that her pain has been extreme and now it's so bad that she is wanting belly rubs i'm not so sure that that she's crying wolf anymore. I will give you an update after her Dr appointment tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

Rsmom on January 01, 2018:


please confirm and explain why you asked if she passed gases the first few days? I am wanting to know more information as my 3 yr old daughter did and has bad stomach pain with high fever on and off and we can’t figure out what it is and she passed gas for 7 days prior to complaining of a stomach ache and fever reaching 103.00 she got tested for flus and strep and all neg. I don’t know what’s wrong

Paramedic King on December 22, 2017:

Boy, there are some so called paramedics with issues. Get over yourselves. I was overdosed in an ER when I got pleurisy and the ambulance drove me the slowest back road route with no lights on only for the doctor to say I might not make it through the night fue yo the miscalculated narcotics dose. Then if you cause an accident flying to the ER everyone blames you for not calling 911.

Natalu on December 21, 2017:

Did she pass gases the first days of pain?

Reid on December 17, 2017:

How about praising God's doctors? Lucky for us *God* gave us science and created the practice of medicine, based on evidence based science.

Glad she made it through that one.

Roxanna on October 12, 2017:

After reading your story. And after watching my son for 2 week. We been to 2 Dr's and to the hospital and even had to stay over night in 2 weeks times he is doing the same thing your baby was doing. But they want to send him to a stomach dr . It just makes me wonder. They done blood work and X-ray's I mean they done all kinds of test besides a CT scan and still don't know what's going on.. I have got all my prayer warriors out and I pray everyday he gets better because I am so ready for him to act normal :)

Y on June 07, 2017:

Wow that's so interesting to hear your story! I'm a parent of 4 kids and my youngest has bee complaing of stomach pain for the last 4 days which today she got worst complaining about it a lot and hurting like she has to poop all the time. Have her prune juice and fruit and laxitive but nothing gas helped. I took her to the doctor today and they couldn't find anything wrong with her but her doctor said it could be early signs of pendicid.

I'm really worried about what's going on with my child and hope it's not pendicid! But all seems like the early stages of it. Please some one help not sure what to do!

John on April 19, 2017:

Ummm no as a former paramedic, your hospital quote about going by ambulance is a complete myth that is what's wrong with the country these days. You will get triaged the same way whether you come in by ambulance or drive you ourself and also save yourself $1200 for a 3 mile taxi ride. Just wanted to clarify they will get seen based on severity first. Not whether you take a taxi with lights or not. Now if it is severe enough I will strongly encourage it however there is not much thay can be done in an ambulance for the pain except for a faster ride to the hospital.

Shonda on September 29, 2015:

Thank you for writing this...

My daughter is 8. At 630 pm i feed my daughter.. No problems. At 8pm shes in bed. By 9pm she tells me her tummy hurts really bad. It hit her like a ton of bricks. She ran to the bathroom than came out and said nothing. She laid back down and with in 3 mins she was running back in the bathroom throwing up everything she ate today. She has no fever. And is sleeping now. The way she was acting really scared me. Because of this post on the internet i now will keep a close eye on this. Thanks again for sharing your story with all of us.

Liz on August 28, 2015:

Thank you so much for this. I'm always searching the Internet when something is wrong with my kids. my daughter just turned 3 and it's been a week now that she's telling me she's got a sore stomach. It got to the point where she's sometimes scared to go toilet or eat because she's gonna have a sore stomach. Her teachers told me yesterday she coughe and vomit Now she's sick with flu and sore throat and I searched on the Internet for answers and I'm sooo happy I've found the answer I want to see. I'll be taking her to hospital for check up. Thanks so much for this.

roxane on August 17, 2015:

this happen with my husband when he was eighteen and my daughter at sixteen and another daughter at seven years. he would get sick on stomach with very bad pain and throw up doctor said his nerves, turn out appendix ready to rupture after about three months of sickness, first daughter said nerves, bowel problems she would get sick in morning then be better by twelve I would see how sick but she got better that why they said nerves,she almost died in hospital said she had flu her appendix rupture when they finally checked her it had rupture by the grace of god she lived in icu for 10days, seven yr old started out same way I told them about sister and husband wouldn't listen said her nerves I said she a happy child this went on for one year then I had to take her to hospital three times in two weeks first they told me flu, second she being bully at school tests came back infection sent her home

nurse that knew me said take her to our dr. this was on wed by fri sick again finally a er dr listen once again appenix

bubbles on April 18, 2015:

My stomache was hurtin do bad on april 8 2015i was puking couldn't eat nothing not even crackers so my mom said i didn't need togo to the doctor i was a little woried and today the 18 of april its hurting bad like last time excpet nukimg almost tho an no dizzy ness either but affter readin about appendixitis however u spell it i am scared that's what it could be idk what to do or if i should say somethin to my mom btw only 14

Nichol marie from The Country-Side on April 10, 2015:

great hub , i worry when anything is not ordinary for my kids and keep a watchful eye

nikki on March 05, 2015:

My son was 6 years old and always complained of his belly hurting before bedtime. I put him to bed as I normally do and he ran into my room around 2Am screaming and crying. He kept saying his belly hurt and was holding his right side. I could tell by his cry that something was wrong. That morning I took him to emergency room and they took blood and told me he had appendicitis. He had surgery that evening and was on our way home by noon the next day. His appendix didn't burst. His father kept telling me he probably had the flu. But I knew something was wrong. Always get it checked out. Better safe than sorry.

mrs. ktanner on February 16, 2015:

my daughter was 2 at the time. she woke up out of dead sleep throwing up. i laid with her and ahe was fine the whole rest of the day. i had gone to work that night and my husband called saying she is curled up in a ball with her hands on her tummy. so i ran home to take her to er. my husband said he thinks its her appendix and when i told the doctor they pushed on her stomach and said,"no she is just dehydrated" and sent us home. the next day she was acting fine again. i had went to work and again my husband called saying she is throwing up blood. i was in tears and left immediately to get her. i demanded the hospital admit her and give a ct scan bc i knew the it was her appendix. it wasn't til the day aftet she was admitted that the nurse in the pediatric unit was actually my sister in laws mother and knew how my baby acts. she suggested a ct scan and sat me down and said that she had to get air lifted to chicago bc it was gonna burst. and the hospital near me wont operate on children under 5. to think that my child almost died. when thry operated she would have died if thry didn't give her the meds because it had burst before the surgery. i thank god everyday that she made it. the scary thing ia it can happen to very young children.

the movie heaven is for real is like my childs biography. the same things happened to my daughter well minus the seeing god part.

Ariana on October 31, 2014:

iM 11 and I have a problem I been having stomach pains for 8 months now and I haven't went to the doctor but last time I went they said it was nothing! I want help and my mom is going to take me to the doctor on nov 2 but im scared I have something and I don't know if its because ive messed up my stomach or what? Plz help


nikki on June 01, 2014:

Thank you so much. I'm going through this right now with my daughter. For about a month now she has been complaining about stomach pain, but just recently she told me that her sides hurt as well, she also said that when she sits down or stands up sometimes she has to hold onto something because it hurts. Now from reading this I know I need to take her in! Like you I have been dismissing her stomach pain for she has to use the bathroom and then that she must be faking it. If there's truly something going on I will feel so awful.

irritated paramedic on April 03, 2014:

The fact that your telling people to go by ambulance disturbs me. 99.9% of the time you and your child will be send to triage just like everyone else. Trust me.. your child's appendix is not as important as someone coming in having a heart attack and patients are seen on a priority basis. So telling people to go by ambulance is abuse of the system! Shame on you!

ashley on October 14, 2013:

This is to LJ miller. My son stated doing the same thing a few days ago. He vomited once yesterday after getting back from the er after they stated he was fine nothing was wrong with him. They checked his appendix on an ultrasound. But what frustrates me is there is something wrong he goes from not wanting to move to playing. Hell sit and cry say his tummy hurts and than 5 minutes after being in the er he puked. I called the er asked what i should do they said well see if it goes away in 6 days. Did they check her appendix before? I thought my son was faking it up till he puked he ran a lil fever today. I know its not the flu cuz it wouldn't last this long and only puke once alot the one time but that was it.

Sarah on May 22, 2013:

Thank you for sharing your story. My 9 year old son has been getting stomach pains and headaches on and off now for a month. Ive been told that he is too young to have appendicitis. I will defo be taking him to A&E. Many Thanks for your help :)

Mamalee on April 04, 2013:

My 7 yr old daughter has been c/o stomach pain for about a week. And has been vomiting for 5 days. But my husband says "she's fine" im afraid it's her appendix. Any advice?

saffron on November 15, 2012:

Recently ive been gettign these stomach pains beneath my belly button. atleast once a day everyday. Last year i went to the hospital for it but they said it was nothing. sometimes it feels like im gettign stabbed but sometimes its not that bad. I don't throw up or anything but i do feel sick. And ive been sick for a week or two, every time i get unsick it comes back soon after it goes away. i get headaches but not that much. Also i cant ever find myself able to sleep. I don't know if these things are cause by stress or depression but this stomach pain is starting to worry me.

quan on November 01, 2012:

my tummy be hurting to but shall I do what you did for your kid? I always

get belly aches. and I don't know why.

Pedi ER Nurse on August 23, 2012:

While the message is good, the suggestions are ridiculous. Taking an ambulance does not guarantee you quick entry into the ER, if you look stable when you come in you have a 50/50 chance of going to triage to wait like everyone else. And "demand a CT scan"??? Are you kidding me? Yes, let's expose our children to massive radiation before ruling out appendicitis with other more simple tests first. It's called a differential people. Here's what you do - if your pediatrician ignores you or you're not happy with their advice, DRIVE YOUR OWN CHILD TO THE ER AND TELL THEM THE SAME HISTORY AND SYMPTOMS. A pediatric ER doc is more trained to deal with acute emergent situations like an appy. You people are stupid.

Don’t ignore the stomach aches – touch their stomach. It is a myth that the pain is on the right side only. It appears in various places of the abdominal area and then may finally be in the appendix area (right side).

Don’t be a typical parent be paranoid when your child is sick. Now I am not implying that you run to the doctor if your child coughs but I am suggesting that you do your homework and listen to your child

Keep calling the doctor

Demand a CT scan for a reoccurring stomach ache

Get a good medical book – I have one and it helps

Ask your doctor for good medical websites for children where you can research ailments

ysanchez1 on May 21, 2012:

On Friday I went on my straight A field trip. When we came back we had pizza and soda, then went back to our classes. That Friday night my stomach stared hurting (thought it was cramps because I was on my period). My mouth watered up and I ran to the toilet. I threw up 4 times and then had those annoying throw ups that are like spit or water. So on Saturday I felt like sh**. I was thirsty every five to ten minutes and wasn't hungry. So I looked on the internet on what I can eat they said either: a banana, rice, toast, or crackers. Before I ate the banana I took two antacids then two hours later I ate the banana. I have always had trouble with regular bowel movement. I can go a week with out taking a number two and when I do its like the same thing all over again. Then on Sunday I felt a lot better so we went out dress shopping for my award ceremony and dance. I burped a few times and it felt good on my stomach. We ate some pretzel bites and I had one slice of pizza (usually I have three) but I lost my appetite and I wasn't hungry. At night my 5 year old brother threw up like 4 times then went to bed. I hope its not the stomach flu because I know my friend had the stomach flu and he was gone from school for 5 days. Just took two more antacids because I have an upset stomach. What do I do! I am 14 years of age. I want this to be done and over with.

kumara on May 16, 2012:

thanks a lot for this information

iWasHere on April 29, 2012:

In july the 9 or 10 2011 iwas visiting mexico and I just came from my cusins house. We ate popcorn and when I got home I went to my room and that's when I felt a sharp pain in my stomach so I went to tell my mom and she said it's no biggy that it would ware off with the medicine. So I patiently waited to ware off but 15 minutes later it got worse. I begged my mom to give me more medicine and she did. It was time for me to go to bed, I tryed sleeping but I couldn't , I twised and turned and moving with anger of the pain. My mom starded fixing me up a tea, after I drank it the pain was just getting worse and worse. I vomited alot that night and my skin was pale white. The next day my mom took me to the doctor really early. That day I went to the hospital but I was on med so I had to wait till it would ware off. I got to the O.R. And when I woke up from the surgury I was choking but then I starded to breath but I felt really dizzy. Finally I had no more pain. Mothers don't ignore your chilldren with stomach aces take them to doctors. If results come out negative on test go to diff doctors they could be wrong.

Benjamin568 on April 18, 2012:

It's a good thing your daughter is okay.

I wish I could say the same for myself, though. My stomach has been hurting off and on for, what I believe has been four days. My throat has been hurting, as well. I have been having diahreah(excuse my spelling, I am only 13, and that is a hard word!) My mother has given me no medicine, but I haven't asked for any, either. I have also been unable to sleep. I think I need the attention of a doctor, but before I go telling my mom that, I would like your opinions first.

Please reply to this comment! Thanks!

poop 122 on April 17, 2012:

So sorry

Lizma from Newark, Ohio on April 15, 2012:

I suffered form abdominal pain and cramping on and off for years. untrasounds and blood work came up with nothing. My doctor of course diagnosed me with IBS, the ultimate copout diagnosis which really means i don't know. He gave me a little red pill. the pill did not make it better.

Long story short: I self diagnosed that I have aversion to many food coloring and preservatives found in foods. Especially Red40. That is my kryptonite. I started the journey of looking at my diet after eating twizzlers one night and feeling completely nausious..

The worst part it that my doctor never suggested I look at diet. It seems so logical to me now. If your abdomen hurts that should be one of the first things you look at. Everything you put in your body goes straight there.

So now i avoid red40, eat only natural beef, and found I am also lactose intolerant.

Good luck to all on your stomach journey.

Hannah on April 11, 2012:

Hi, my name is Hannah, I am 17 and I have been having abdominal pain for months and months maybe even close to a year, it hurts to lay on my belly, it feels like constant cramping in the belly, it has never gone away, I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it could be, ASAP? Thankyou

Lauren on April 10, 2012:

anna i hope you recover of your lost son

Luna on April 09, 2012:


Tony on April 07, 2012:

To the parent above good for you; you saved your little girl's life. Remind her of that when she becomes a mother. It is a lesson leaned at very little cost ( I am supposing she is alive well and healthy.)

I am 46 and the youngest of 5 children; I would have been an only child if it were not for my father. My 4 older brothers and sisters had the appendicitis. between the years 1968 and 1982in time before computers and CT scans, back when the rebound test, blood work and a doctor with crack skills was what you had and it had to be enough or else!

The doctor wanted to send them home with instructions for an enema. My father all four times yelled at the surgeons and basically forced them to perform surgery, once under the threat of bodily harm if my brother died. All four times my dad was right and 4 different ER docs were wrong. All 4 ruptured appendicitis requiring irrigation of the peritoneal cavity and lots of IV antibiotics to kill the infection they were left with and the apology of a hospital that could not understand what had happened.

Point being docs are not always right and sometimes the parent needs to pay attention to that nagging voice even when faced with an army of sheepskins the tell you otherwise.

As for the internet I advise every parent to learn the basics of physiology and then read the sights that are up for the doctors. If all else fails Google the symptoms. The life you save may be more valuable to you than your own!.

happymom on April 05, 2012:

I had the same situation with my 6 year old daughter always complaining of stomach pain. And one day, as she complaining that her stomach is painful and she said she doesn't feel good, then I decided to take her to the emergency because I wanna know what is going on with my girls stomach. Everything was checked. Her blood, ultrasound and the doctor asked me if I want her to have the scanned and of course I said the way, her blood test was normal and the ultrasound came out normal. After two hours of waiting of the CT scan, the result was fine...And I thanked God, it was nothing to worry about. Now, once in a while she gets stomach ache and wonder if there is something else going on in there ? I just hope not...Anyways, whatever pain your child is experiencing, take her to er just to be safe...

GirlzMama on April 04, 2012:


C'mon reading these true happenings ought to inspire you to believe your own flesh and blood! You seem hard on him just by the comments you make!

Stop thinking about the $ and care about and worry about the life that is in your hands to care for! I hope your relationship with him is close it feels like it may not based on how skeptical you are of his symptoms and he had a concussion how do you think that occurred? Anyway Jana time to use your heart and think if it was you who had to rely on the opinion of a parent, when your symptoms may be legitimate. As I always say to people. Work, things and so on will always be there but life may not! Live in the now and not later! Quality time with kids may not always be available.. Our bodies are mysterious and even if they say they find Nothing I think the lesson on this page is Their not 100% accurate so cut him some slack and hug and kiss him be understanding that's what He NEEDS MOST FROM YOU

Karen on April 02, 2012:

My 7 year old son is vnormally very active and he even played a football match yesterday but then last night said that his belly hurt and pointed to the left side, i dismissed this as a pulled muscle from football, but this morning his belly is still hurting and he is now walking funny to compensate the pain, i have spoken to the doctors and they have said for him to rest and if he doesn't get any better in a few days then to take him to the doctors, I have decided to leave it til my husband gets home from work and if he isn't any better then he will be going to A & E at our local hospital.

Eve on March 30, 2012:

when i was 14 right before new school year began i came down with a really bad sto

ach ache. i told my mom that i was having abnormal pain and she dismissed it as mother nature coming in. i had tried to tell her it was not the same but what she said was a little comforting and tried convincing myself she was right and spent about three days enduring the pain... i did not eat, whatever went in my body came right back out... IMMEDIATELY, high fever, and on the last night i out of pain i was even screaming in my sleep. I don't remember doing so but my mother and rest of my family all would comre and watch me and that's when it became a concern to my parents. my mother took to my doctor as soon as we got in he immediaty told my mother to.rush me childrens hospital and they took all of five minutes to hook me up and inform my mother i was going for surgery because i had apendicitis. my mother cried she felt so awful because she hadn't believed me and at that piont i was just so rrelieved she had believed at end because after surgery the doctor told my mom that i was really lucky and chances were there would not have been a tomorrow for me. my poor mom felt soo guilty. my apendix did not burst however it made a hole and was leaking to my side by the time i went in. i spent a week in the hospital... well im an adult now and to this day i still cant eat seeds or anything too spicy. i get bad stomach cramps. not everyone is the same but for you moms out there i would avoid these kinds of snacks or meals for your little ones to avoid tummy troubles.

Chris Short on March 22, 2012:

Hello I am a 16 year old teen from a small city in Washington. A couple months ago I had appendicitus, but the doctors here told us it was the flu and kept me in the hospital FOR A WEEK. After a week of waiting, my mom and I knew it was time to find out was wrong. So we got transferred to a better hospital in Seattle. Within a few hours of being there they came back and told us it was appendicitus, but because of how long we had been in our home town, they couldn't operate. All they could do was put drain tubes in to see if they could drain the infection. (The appendix had already ruptured and the infection had been spreading). The next day they said they couldn't wait as long as they had intended to wait to operate and remove the appendix, because the drains were not draining the infection fast enough and it would spread into my blood stream and kill me soon enough if they didn't operate, so that day I had my appendix removed. It's a long story of everything that happened, but I was in the Seattle hospital for 2 more weeks after that. If you would like to read about my whole story you can email me at

JoAnn on March 22, 2012:

Thank God She Is OK!

Ashley431 on March 22, 2012:

I am 15 years old. Two nights ago I woke up around 1 am and threw up 5 or 6 times. I felt better after and fell back asleep. I felt better all the next day and went to school and everything but then at night my stomach started to hurt again. I woke up this morning at at first I was fine I got ready for school and everything but then my stomach starting hurting really bad again so I stayed home today. When I walk I have to like bend forward because my stomach hurts so bad. I have no diareah but I did throw up a lot 2 nights ago. My stomach has been hurting way more in the morning and at night. Could anyone help me out and tell me what could be wrong?

hgunny on March 20, 2012:

Good morning,

Great topic. Back in January our 11 year old daughter had severe stomach pains...the kind that had her hugging her knees to her chest. She threw up bile a couple of times. Her older sister had just gotten over a flu bug the day before, so I thought it was possibly the flu in her as well. However God spoke to me and told me to take her in. I had heard about appendicitis enough to know a little about it and when we reached the Doctors office I told the nurse at the window that I thought maybe my daughter had an appendicitis and they got me right in. Once in a room, after telling the dr. the whole story, he says it's just the flu and that he will write a script for her. I knew that was not it and INSISTED he check her tummy. He had her lay on the table and he pressed on her tummy and she came off the table a few inches in extreme pain.

Five minutes later we were next door at the hospital getting blood tests and a ct. At this point I knew something was wrong, but wasn't overly scared. They did two ct scans, after which the radiologist came to talk with me. He said something was deffinately wrong and he was sending us to the OR where the surgeon would meet us. Know I'm getting a little more anxious. Eventually the surgeon comes in and says she needs surgery but doesn't feel comfortable performing it on an 11 year old (we live in a very small, remote town in the mountains). He says she will need to be life flighted to children's I'm very freaked out. The doctors could not tell us what was wrong except that there was a mass in her abdomen and that they couldn't find her appendix on the ct.

Anyway, really long story shorter, after many more scans and tests at Children's they found that she was born with a congenital condition called malrotation. This is where the bowels don't rotate back into the abdomen correctly and hers were rotating on themselves and cutting off the blood supply to her intestines. She was taken into surgery to correct the malrotatio, remove the mass caused by lack of blood supply and removed her appendix as well. I remember listening to the surgeon explain what he did and thinking "is this really possible". He tells us that all of her abdominal organs were switched around and none were where they are supposed to be and even though he moved things around she is still a mirror image of what is normal.

CRAZY...since then we have learned she was born with what is called hederotaxy/polysplenia (more than one hercase six). This condition comes with major complications in most kiddos and most die just after birth because of serious cardiac conditions. We have had her heart checked out and Praise God she has a normal heart. We will be on the lookout for other complications in the future but for now she is back to her fun loving, awesome self.

From is always better to be safe than sorry!!!

mom on March 15, 2012:

I'm not a doc but my son has been doing the same thing he had diarrhea and fever it went away for two days but just know he woke up screaming....also my moms has the same symptoms and my nephew and I we all feel depress and no energy so I think is just a stomach virus by cuz I had my apendix out when I was 10 and I get pains in stomach like cramps but they don't go away....:(

sana vanmoss on March 15, 2012:

hello parents

i need your help.

my 3yr old son is telling me his tummy hurts so ofcourse i question him if his hungry or he needs to potty n he did need to potty but my main concern is .is it just the potty or should i take him to the ER?

Paula on March 12, 2012:

My 6 yr old daughter has had tummy issues since she was about a year old. Curling up in a ball & screaming. Genuine tears, and a look to stop any mother's heart - the silent plea to make it go away.

We went through 4 pediatricians, and countless ER visits who always pounced on the "gastroenteritis" or "possible early appendicitis" - then always sent us home with orders to feed her the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast).

She started out severely constipated, then at about 3 yrs old - she switched to diarrhea.

And all of this was considered "normal" to her doctors.

Then one blessed day, my mother-in-law was sitting in a Dr waiting room, watching a closed circuit television program on Celiac Disease. She actually postponed her appt so she could get a hold of us & We begged our daughter's Dr to run one more test.

It took a week for the Celiac panel to come back...

overwhelmingly positive.

And all her current Dr said was "Why didn't we think o f this sooner?"

Have you ever wanted to hug, and punch, and cry, and sigh in relief, all at the same time?

We've been gluten free for 3 months, and tummy aches are gone!!! (and BRAT diet is now just the BRA diet)

Lien on March 06, 2012:

I can almost relate to this im 15 right now and my stomache hurted just a few minutes ago and i could not breath every single time i tried breathing it felt like there was a cut and it got worst and when i tried to kneel to thle floor i couldn't breath and i was in severe pain that i cried this started when i was i think 10

Jana on March 06, 2012:

But all the tests come back with nothing wrong. He has been put on omeprazole, and has not complained of his stomach, but today it was his head. I ran him to the ER (I was ticked), and they did a CT of his head. Nothing was abnormal, but he did have a mild concussion. He stayed home from school and "rested" his brain. Which I know is a good thing, but.............

come on

Kim on March 05, 2012:

hahah wow.. while i was reading this i was like "it's appendicitis, it's appendicitis!" then i read that it WAS appendicitis and i was like "i knew it!!!!" hahaha.. well, because 2 years ago .. this almost exact story happened to me.. but my appendix got infected and i stayed in the hospital for a week :/

i was 16 years old ... and being in a room.. for a week with nothing to do ... sucked sooooo much. but i gotta say it was scary feeling that amount of pain and being rushed to the hospital followed by ct scans and well i hope she's doing well now and that was a great story to share to let everyone else know that it can become serious when this happens.

melody on March 02, 2012:

I'm not a mom but I am a teen who just got her apendix removed.I had he pain for one day and at the end I went to the hospital.children's of corset, since I have a heart condition and all that good stuff. Lol. Anyways, and the doctor thought I didn't have it because I have a higher pain tolerence that I hardly felt anything even after the surgery. I got up and walked around and ate! I didn't eat for almost two days, well I'm glad she's okay. God, a 5 year old? Poor thing, getting something like this at 5 isn't fun.

LINDA CARRUS on March 01, 2012:

that was a great story to share. My Daughter had a simular experience when she was 4 yrs old. she was complaining of a stomach ache. she was not a whiner or cry baby. when she went to bed she was down for the night. this time was different, she kept waking up and fussing. To make matters worse, we had a flight scheduled for the next day to go out of state for a vacation. i took her to the ER at 1am, she slept on the way in the car, so i thought well maybe it isn't what i thought it was. they sent us home after tests. after we got home she started complaining again... I took her out again to another hopital and they said it was her appendix and she was also dehyrated and she needs surgery NOW. I was frantic, they rushed to find a dr. to operate on a 4 yr old Her Appendix burst while she was on the OR table. she spent a week in the hospital and recovered nicely. had i not taken her back to the hospital it would have burst on the plane! My daughter is now 31 yrs old with two children of her own.

Jana on February 29, 2012:

Today we had no school, and my son has said nothing about his stomach.

Hannah on February 28, 2012:

It's the same Hannah from earlier. Please help me!! I'm no longer going to England & France now and my life is slowly deteriorating. Answers&suggestoons will be GREATLY appreciated.

Jana on February 28, 2012:

My son is 11, and has complained of a stomach ache for years. I have always said, "If you're not throwing up or have a fever you are going to school." Well recently (he is now in the fifth grade) he has complained more and more. I have run him into the ER for it and they find nothing. I brought him to our primary yesterday, and he said it sounded more like acid reflux, and put him on omeprizole 1x a day. (Prilocek) He has been out of school this last week and a half, and this morning he woke up not really rithing in pain, but rolling around saying his stomach hurt, and that the pain now moved from the middle of the stomach to just under the right rib cage. I ran him into ER (NOT VERY HAPPY--THINKING HE IF FAKING), and they took his blood for a Ddimer, and and X-ray of his stomach. Guess what..........

nothing. I don't know whether to be mad at myself or mad at him. If somebody can tell me what I should do? I want to believe my child, but the boy who cried wolf comes to mind. HELP??????????????????????

Shasta on February 28, 2012:

Very good tO know thanks to all

Lebanna on February 27, 2012:

I had my appendix taken out about 5 months ago, luckily I got mine out in the early stages, the emergancy waiting room took 5 hours until I could actually see a doctor. But yeah listen to your children and When the push down in that area and they scream ( like me) its probably 50% chance its a appendicitis.

just me on February 27, 2012:

My son will be 7 and he has complained of stomach pains for about a year now. They have done blood test and a CT scan about 10 months ago, and it all came back normal. He is still complaining and the past 2 months he has been complaining of his right leg hurting, I have been passing that off as growing pains, should I be concerned?

Howard on February 24, 2012:

My cousin Steven, had his appendix burst when we were 8, and felt nothing for days, well he was dizzy... about 4 days after the dizziness started his stomach hurt, and 3 days after that his pain was so excruciating that he was sent to the E.R. His Mum came home (we were also neighbors but Steven is my biological cousin)in tears without my cousin, and informed us that he needs surgery. All is well today! and we are both 12!

Briana on February 23, 2012:

I had mine burst when I was 6. I was out downtown with my

Uncles girlfriend and I complained about stomach pains she believed me because she knew I would not lie to her. At this point I couldn't walk so I had to be carried. I went back to my grandmas house and fell asleep at my bedtime. I was awaken at about 1am I was apparently crying in my sleep. They took me to the emergency room I waited. 5 hours later they took me in and tested me. My grandparents called my parents and they had to tell them I needed surgery. My mom was so scared I wasn't going to make it but my dad told her it was better to die trying. I made it out and my mom was by my side the whole week in the hospital. Because of my grandparents, uncles girlfriend and my dad I am alive today. I am not a religious person but thank you god

Livva on February 22, 2012:

My stomach's been hurting for about 4 days now. I have let my mom know and she told me to stretch out. I did that and it worked… when I was stretched out. As soon as I got back up it was hurting bad again. It hurt so bad that when I was in the bathroom at school I had to lay down because I couldn't take the pain. Yesterday I called my mom at work and explained to her that it hurts when I push down on it, and all that jazz and she stated "Oh my gosh." that sorta freaked me out because she's a nurse! She knows the symptoms because my sister recently had surgery for her appendix bursting. We have not gone to the doctor yet but we're planning to today or tomorrow. Do y'all think it could be appendicitis? I researched it last night and it fits my symptoms minus the vomiting. I'm dizzy, my stomach hurts BADLY, and it hurts when you push down. Also I have no appetite. Please help!

Adrian Michael on February 20, 2012:

I know how rough that is for a kid... When I was 6 my mum thought I had the stomach flu. And we had scheduled a doctor appointment. It was that whole thing 'fine one minute, vomiting and debilitating pain the next'. We get to the doctor and are rushed to the hospital immediately. While we were in the tunnel connecting the buildings, the doctor explained she suspected appendicitis. A specialist was brought in, ct scan taken and less than two hours after getting in to the doctor I was in surgery. We were told after I was in recovery that I got lucky. The only reason it didn't rupture was cause there was a small tear in it letting off some pressure. Mind, recovery still sucked and I had antibiotics being pumped into me because of infection.

Well, look on the bright side. You won't have to wonder whether or not your little girl's tummy ache is appendicitis now.

Kim on February 16, 2012:

Wow, thanks for all the insight. I was at work last night, my 11 yr daughter was txting me, seemed fine, than out of blue I got a txt "Mommy, my belly hurts." I thought okay, mayb she just needed to close her eyes and rest. It was after all bedtime. She sent me two more txts saying she could barely move to go potty her belly hurt that bad. I told her to wake up her dad, I couldn't help her i wasn't there, that id be home in an hr or so to check on her. She didn't want to wake him. she than txted rather demanding i thought which seemed alarming, " Mommy, leave work now, I really need you." Luckily the girl i worked with (recently having her appendix taken out) understood that i needed to go get my kid after showing her the txts. I took her to the e.r. and she has appendicitis, early stage, they said, but i still made an appt. w/ her ped. to take care of this issue. Thank God, for motherly instincts!!

julia on February 16, 2012:

omg this is no help my mom has the flu what do i do

SuperFly on February 15, 2012:

@Hurty i was thinking the same thing, ehh well im 11 too ahah

Hannah on February 12, 2012:

It's me again, I forgot to say that I did have a Vitamin D deficiency. Im on Culturelle 1x per day, just in case it was the Keflex that removed all of the good bacteria out of my digestive tract. I also take a half of a pain pill 1x per day and drink Prune Juice everyday. I was on Milk of Magnesia, but it did nothing for me. My stomach hurt up very high. Almost right in the middle under my breasts. I believe that that's a wierd place for it to hurt, but that is almost the place where an ulcer can be located. I've had no random diarrhea or throwing up. My breath test found "chronic constipation", but I've been that way almost my whole life and it's never affected me. Also I've gone 14 days one time w/out taking a bowel movement. If it is constipation, then why is it just affecting me now?? And even when I clean my system out my stomach sill hurts. And sometimes my stomach hurts on my actual upper right side, in the front right, and every now and then around te back of the right side. Answers will be much appreciated. God Bless You All, ?

Hannah on February 12, 2012:

Hello to all,

Here is my story..

One day, I had an ingrown toenail & I got it out with a pair of clippers. It began to get infected and my dr prescribed me w/Keflex on the 12th of November. I took it 3x per day for 5 days and then began to have diarrhea. So, I didn't take the medicine any longer. Exactly 1month later on the 18th of December after I had eaten chicken-&-dumplings, green beans, and mashed potatoes, I had nausea and stomach pain all over. I was at the end of my I thought I was that. Well, the next day my abdomen still hurt. I've been to the dr 3x. 5 tubes of blood, stool samples, breath tests, 3 urinalysis, and a trip to the ER. I've been tested for everything... But at the ER they figured it was an ulcer and they said my whole large intestine was filled with feces. I'm now on Prilosec 1x per day to heal the ulcer if theres even one there. My stomach has hurt everyday since December 18 & it is now February 12th. I am 13 and I'm going to England and Paris on March 2nd. I cry almost everyday, wondering why this is happening to me. Sometimes my mom thinks I'm faking when I cry out in pain, but the doctors haven't found anything. I just wonder what I have done to deserve this? & if I miss this England and France trip because of this my heart will be absolutely broken. Nobody on this Earth deserves to go through what I have gone through. Please, of anybody has any answers?, help me. Also, this has been one of the worst possible sicknesses to get because I have an extreme fear of throwing up.. So, whenever my stomach hurts a lot I get very worked up and scared. I cry out to the Lord everyday, and I cry to all of my family. My mom is getting tired of me crying, but I cry out in pain and because I don't understand why this is happening to me! And I feel like there's no hope because the doctors have found NOTHING... Nothing. Please anybody help me... Because I'm fed up. Iknow a lot of you don't think almost 2 months is a long time, but it is for a 13yr old living in pain, and trying to make her family proud with straight A's and Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, and Pointe... Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This is my 11th year of dance... And I'm afraid this is going to stop me from doing the things that I love. Please.... I'm helpless.

Sally on February 10, 2012:

Very interesting, although you could not be more wrong in regards to a person being seen faster by taking an ambulance. People are prioritized both from ambulances and walk ins and then treated accordingly. Being seen faster because you are in an ambulance is one of the biggest myths or misconceptions ever.

Holden on February 08, 2012:

I can not agree with you or state it any better my self. I went through an identical situation with my daughter at the age of 6 whom is now 7 that will soon have another Birthday thanks to God healing her. She completely recovered after arriving at the hospital with what I thought was a pulled muscle from cheer-leading at 7:30 p.m. and come to find out I was wrong and she was in EMERGENCY surgery soon after our CT was FINALLY read at 11:30.Bare in mind we live in a VERY small town & they had to call a surgeon in from 40 minutes away to do her surgery at 11:00 at night. Thanks for sharing your story in hopes that another child might be saved!

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Nicole on February 04, 2012:

Hey guys...I know this is for mothers mostly but Im 13 and since monday (Its saturday now) Ive been having major pains on my left side of my stomach and extreme nausea but Im not vomiting? I went to the doctor and got a Ultra sound, but nothing? They say nothings going on. But apparently something is. Its extremely sharp pain and almost non-stop.I don't know what it is. Im going to the E.R. In a couple of min. Its freaking me out. Im extremely afraid of surgery and needles. But my sister had her appendix on the left side of her stomach and had to get it taken out. :\ Im freaking out. I feel like im gonna throw up its so bad right now.

Jamie on February 02, 2012:

After reading your words today, I took my 6 yr. old daughter to E.R. Just got out of emergency surgery to remove her appendix. With many family members are anxiously awaiting a call about how it went, I instead wanted to get my heartfelt thanks out to you. Your story made a difference and it's fair to say, a big one. I am so very grateful for the time and effort you put into getting your story out. My deepest graitude to you.

Deborah Botnen on February 01, 2012:


I had a situation in which my son age 14 at the time was ill. This was on a Friday. I called the doctor, and he said to just let it wait until Monday. My son was taking in fluids and still dehydrating. I listened to the Holy Spirit and took him to the hospital that same Friday. The hospital called within a few hours to bring him back in. He had contracted campylobacterjujuni-deadly food poisoning. He would have been dead Monday. Never ever let anyone succeed in making you feel like a pain or that you have no rights in asking questions. Ask and ask again.

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Rae on January 30, 2012:

My left side hurts so bad! It comes & goes for a month now. I'm 17, & really scared. I came home today and couldn't get through my snack, I went to lay down. Is there anything I can take for it?

dalton on January 30, 2012:

my stomac has been hurting on and off for about a month now, im 16. i read this a while back and it kinda freaked me out cause of my stomac. but when i went to the doctor all that was wrong with me was snot in my stomac, doctor gave me a script and told me to get a few hours exercise a day to fix it. lol im thankful.

thetruth on January 30, 2012:

11year old is just some bored person being a troll...don't pay them any mind and they will move on.

melissa on January 29, 2012:

ok thanks for all the advice, my 5 yr old gets stomache when he eats thought he was faking but its happening when i let him pick what hes eating like ya junk food he screams it hurts hestops eating than while later hes fine till he eats again. sooo that's not appendix is it? idk. and im sorry but does anyone find it weird that so many 11 and 12 yr olds are in here? shouldn't they be talkin to their parents not the interenet?

amy on January 27, 2012:

Not only was this comment useful but it recognized the favt that the Lord was involved. I'm glad your daughter is okay and to God be the glory!

What health care? ? on January 26, 2012:

My family and i are dealing with the loss of my grandomother right now. She was mis-diagnosed 3 times..previous to the fourth time she was properly diagnosed with a ruptured appendix, but by the time they got it right, her body was so infected with bacteria from her appendix that she passed away within an hour of the "right" diagnoses. So needless to say we are now deep in Kaiser Permanente's pockets, for them not thinking how doctors get paid to do, instead of typing the symptoms into their "computer system" and just waiting for an answer...I mean..a monkey can be trained to enter sypmtoms into a goddamn computer and wait for the results...What happened to the real doctors? WE OWN YOU KAISER PERMANENTE...

lori on January 24, 2012:

My son woke up 3 days ago crying with severe abdominal pain in the lower left side. He has a high tolerance for paint and it was uncontrollable. After 3 hours I got him to sleep and the next day he was just fine. Then in the evening the pain came back...not quite as bad this time. He iscomfortable when he is sitting down burst night orwhenver he moves or walks, it hurts. He walks like an old man....he is only 9. doesn't know what is wron ordered blood test and drags. Still waiting for results. No fever or vomiting. He did vomit right before se

Hurty on January 23, 2012:

Why are there so many 11 year olds on here?

cathy on January 21, 2012:

thank you for posting your story it really helps us a lot especially me, my daughter right now is sick and complaining about tummy ache for the whole week, now she have fever and eyes pain she said for sure will chech her doctor asap. thank you so much.

Heather on January 20, 2012:

My daughter is 6 and for the past 3 months I have been dealing with stomach pain. Every two weeks like clockwork she will wake up tell me her stomach hurts and then throw up. She then goes to sleep and sleeps all day. I take her to the doc everytime and they just yell virus. Keep in mind throughout all this my 4 yr old and 1 yr old haven't been sick once. Coins it be appendicitis?

sharjeel on January 19, 2012:

i m in trouble ,stomach pain attacks.what must i do?

Courtney on January 16, 2012:

Sounds just like my daughter but they did an ultra sound and when they were down by her apendix she said it hurt, but said she was fine. This scares me

Shelli on January 13, 2012:

Thank You So Much My Daughter Has Had A Stomach Pain For 7 Months And We Are Trying To Find Out What It Is I Will Ask The Doctor About It.

kate on January 13, 2012:

omg. my 2 year old son been complaining about stomach ache i ignored it for a little bit because he would have hug then better. until one morning he was screaming in pain took him a and e they said protein in wee need. to drink more then he had high temp complaining again so same place again they said constituted gave movicol he been for poos. still complaining of stomach ache normal temp no direa. being sick what should i do

StrawberrieCake123 on January 03, 2012:

can anyone help me im 11 years old last time my dr checked i had a small cyst on my ovary in less than two days i have to go back to see if it has gotten bigger i am really worried as the days get less i get so shaky im praying to god it went away because i think i could be at risk for surgery im on my period and that's already giving me a rough time so hopefully nothing will happen so i guess i'll see how it turns out.

Lil Love Bugg on December 20, 2011:

Hi guys im 11 and my stomach hurts especially when im on my cycle could it be cramps from that or something else?!?

Dave on December 04, 2011:

"7. If your child is in pain and you want them to be seen ASAP go by ambulance or you risk waiting for hours in an emergency room (ambulatory patients get precedence over walk-ins)"

You realize ambulatory patients and walk in patients are the same right? Ambulatory means able to walk... It does not mean you came by ambulance. I've taken many patients in my ambulance and put them in a wheelchair and wheeled them into the same waiting room as everyone else... Only difference in the 1k bill you're going to get cause I took you there.

Mary on November 28, 2011:

Thanks for sharing your story!! My daughter is 9 yrs old and she is having a pain on her right side. I take her to the doctor today and he told me that she might appendicitis so if it hurts again I have to take her into emergency room rite away. What if she is not in pain anymore should I wait for it to happen again? Please help me!!!

rk123 on November 18, 2011:

Thank you very much for this post, My son 5 yr old had been complaining about similar stomach pain for 2 days last week and we did take him to the doctor, but nothing was found. What helped was i kept a warmed bag on his tummy whenever he said it hurts. Also i gave him some pepto bismol, guess that helped him. What i am concerned now is my 2 year old has been complaining the same for the last 2 nights... i haven't taken him to the doctor yet. Do anyone here thinks i need to take him to the doctor?

suzanne on October 20, 2011:

Taking an ambulance to be seen faster is not true. I've worked on the ambulance for many years and plenty of times got those phone calls and comments from pts and have walked them thru the front doors into the waiting room.