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my girl friends son who is going to be 16 years old in 2 months . every morning has an upset stomach . goes to bathroom 2 or 3 times in the morning . he cant eat breakfast in the morning . he is a very nervous kid who has anxiety . what should we do and what do you think is the problem

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  • Dr. Chris February 14, 2011

    You should take him to see a gastroenterologist but it sounds a lot like irritable bowel syndrome. This is more frequently seen in a person who is of the nervous/anxious predisposition. It tends to aggravate when they are stressed. What is important to exclude however is inflammatory bowel disease which in the early stages can appear a lot like this. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are two different conditions affecting the bowel although the symptoms may be similar. Actually IBS is just a diagnosis when no abnormalities can be found in the bowel although a person is experiencing a range of symptoms. IBD on the other hand can be very serious and debilitating and needs constant monitoring. Both conditions need medical attention. Speak to a doctor.

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