Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2012-02-20


10year old

Dear Doc
I hope that my problem is resolved by the time you see this. My 10y old kept wincing every now and again - intermittantly. He said he had some sharp cramp. He pointed to the area above the hipbone, in his side (waist) on the right. He does not have his appendix anymore (and the pain is higher, more to the side). He said it started during school time. He does not have a fever. His appetite seems ok. He said his urine does not sting or burn and is normal in frequency. He had a normal bowel movement today. The pain does not seem to be related to movement.
I dont think it is anything to worry about. I just want to make sure. The only medication he takes regularly is Concerta 27mg, 5 times a week.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



This is an excellent question. You have mentioned everything that your doctor would normally ask your child has a pain like this. It is the position of your son's pain that is of interest.Normally it would mean that he may have appendicitis, but with his appendix having already been removed this is most unlikely. He may have developed an adhesion at the operation site.If he is still complaining about the pain it would be best to ask your doctor to see him just to be on the safe side.

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