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6'3" 187lbs. Last Oct 2012 was a muscular build of 205lbs, hard working country kid who works on small family farm, haying square bales of hay as mostly a one man team, picking up out of field, hauling, unloading, selling, loading during summer mos. Lost down to 184lbs, before he made any complaints to mother. Spoke to family dr who thought since symptoms had abated to just monitor weight. Maintained weight but occasionally didn't feel well, then this Aug/Sept lost down to 174lbs, has stool tests -- all negative for blood or ova and parasites. Denies blood in stool. Has a brother who developed DM ! @ age 21, and has uncle w/ IBS and niece w/ Celiac disease. Blood tests for Celiac were neg - no biopsies done. Abd U/S and Small Bowel Series were negative. Extensive blood tests have been neg. This kid is a good kid, was a Senior in HS w/ good grades last year, this year College student, started out full time, but at parent's request he take it easy until this is figured out has gone part time. Goal is to be a mechanical engineer.
Thank you for your reply. We have already had all of the tests you recommend, and they were all negative. We have ruled out all potentially serious causes and James does not seem to be depressed, nor does he thinks he feels stressed or depressed, and there is no h/o depression in the family. So other that psychiatric evaluation we have checked all other serious possibilities out and they have been ruled out.
Today we took him to a naturalist who has helped several people out w/ nutritional problems, people of all ages. This Dr feels that James' problems are parasites and claims that stool tests are never 100%. So we are going to try his treatment, as the prilosec has not helped at all. This Dr's explanations did did make a lot of sense to this nurse, who only would use such a Dr as a last resort. And even James' who went in calling him a quack, came out w/ new hope, and respect for this Dr.
Thank you for your diet recommendations, we will implement them after this other treatment.
I was very reassured by your answer that we may be on the right track and that we have ruled out the most serious problems. Thank you for your help. Theresa