my eleven-year old daughter was diagnosed with functional abdominal pain in January 2013. this is a blog about that, and about being the parent of a child who was disabled by chronic pain for four months and is now recovering.* everyone is different. my daughter has coeliac disease and hypermobility. i do not know whether these influence her experience of pain. on a huge learning curve with this. didn’t see it coming, can’t believe this is where we are. no idea when/if her pain will resolve. if you want to start this blog from the beginning, you need to start here: diagnosis
i’m a writer, not a doctor, and none of what i write in this blog constitutes medical advice.
if you are unwell, or concerned about the health of another, please consult an expert.
i wish you well.
NHS Direct Symptom Checker: Pain:
Stomach ache and abdominal pain:
Medically unexplained symptoms:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
Pain management services (NHS):
Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
* ‘recovery’ is a tricky word. my daughter was prescribed Gabapentin in late May and she is now substantially pain-free.