Tuesday, 10 May 2016

A Case of An Accessory Pancreas & IBS

Last week and a half was very rough. Joel was down with diarrhoea and excruciating abdominal pain. He would wake up at 1 am, 4 am, 5 am and fly to the bathroom. He would be moaning in pain. He lost a lot of weight as a result.

I took him to see the pediatrician gastroenterologist which he saw a few months back due to the same problem. But this time, it had gotten worse.

So Joel was admitted and had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done. His colon looked good but they found a lump in his stomach.

They took samples of it and we would get the results by next week. But the doctor said that it is most probably an accessory pancreas and that he was born with this. But they want to be positively sure that it isn't cancerous.

So the conclusion of his bowel attacks would be most likely to be IBS. Which means there is no clear cut answer to what had happened to him. The doctor strongly believes that Joel is unable to process fructose and glucose based on the history of his attacks and diet.

Joel does not eat sugar as I do not cook with sugar. We've even been cutting down rice and have no-rice meals a few times a week. The culprit for all these attacks would be FRUITS! Citrus fruits, to be exact. Joel LOVES citrus fruits. I think that life can be a bitch many times. If the cause of the IBS were to be junk food, or highly processed food, I could accept it. But FRUITS?! Damn.......

Since I have IBS and gastro-esophageal reflux which triggered an episode of esophagitis, it is a 99.999999% probability that Joel has my genes. Double damn.......

So it's food experimenting all over again. When I have the IBS attacks, papaya soothes my stomach. But for Joel, even at normal times, papaya causes him to have diarrhoea......

With the renovation and packing and dismantling of our wardrobes and cabinets going on, it was really a stressful time.

FODMAPs and GAPs diet is a good thing to have right now. I will blog on that when time permits. Can't wait to finally move to our new place and settle down.


  1. Good lord, the child isn't even old enough to drive! I'm so sorry.

    What about organic citrus? Don't rule out it might be the chemicals causing the problems, not necessarily the natural fruit. I've read, however, that a lot of people are sensitive to citrus. Still, fruits are overrated. Stick with low-glycemic fruits and see if that helps. That's what I have to do for my issues. And I think it's rarely genes, it's usually diet that is passed down in families.

    Good luck on your move. I look forward to photos!!!

  2. Hope Joel is much better now and that the new diet will help him to recover fully. I have IBS and dyspepsia for decades and done those scopes twice. I hope the new diet can help me manage my health problems and my son too.

    1. All the best to all of us! Is your son doing better? How is he doing in school?

  3. Hi Evelyn,
    Have been reading this blog 'Baby Gaps' and it is like how I feel about all this food reactions. It is like a maze, is it salicylate, amines, oxylates, malabsorption, metal poisoning,leaky gut or sibo or what? Am trying the Gaps intro diet, today is the third day. But not looking good, he complains of tummy aches, and waking up in the nights due to that, and extreme fatigue and sleepiness. Not sure is it a die-off reactions or is it like what I have been reading at Dr Erika's site that it could be SIBO and all the soup with animal fats are increasing the inflammations? It is so hard to know what food suits him. Those low in salicylate end up high in fodmaps. Every diet contradict with each other. I don't know am I worsening or improving his conditions.
    How is experiment coming along?