For about the past week or so, my 5 y/o daughter has been complaining of stomach pain, predominately in the morning, but also at other times of the day. She goes to preschool and always seems to be fine there. I've tried to notice a pattern, whether it happens when she's high or low, but it seems random.
But a weird thing has been happening recently. She has become very sensitive to insulin. As in going low after watermelon, cheetos, pizza, and cake (preschool graduation party - yes a diabetic nightmare but a special occasion, so I let her splurge). 2 hours later her BG was 38, and I don't believe I overbolused her. 45 minutes after a 20-carb juice box she was only up to 70.
This morning her BG was 87, so I bolused her for breakfast (healthy homemade pancake and fresh berry smoothie)and 1.5 hours later her BG was 49 (and she normally has a huge spike after breakfast). An hour after a juice box, still 49. Then she had 3 rolls of Smarties (18 cbs) and her BG never even reached 100. She had a granola bar for a snack at 1:30 and grilled cheese sandwich and DumDum lollipop for a late lunch. As an experiment, I didn't bolus her. 5 hrs later she was up to 212, but normally, without a bolus, she would have been high 300s after an hour or two.
Another interesting finding: her 90-day BG average is 182 (pretty typical - her last A1C was 7.5) but her 7-day average is only 128. Normally I'd rejoice over that, but it seems something is going on.
I have no idea if this might be related to her stomach pains. Has anyone else's child experienced this? Despite her complaints, her appetite and activity level is still normal, she's eating well, and her stools look normal, too. I'm totally perplexed. I'm going to call her endo on Monday and also a pediatric gastro.
Thanks for bearing with me. I just wondered if anyone could shed some light on this...
Thank you all for your replies. She has actually complained in the past about stomach pains, but more so recently and with the low BG/insulin sensitivity I wondered if there was a correlation.
We've tried to think of what it could be in the morning - has she gone #2 yet? Is she dehydrated? She probably needs to drink more water throughout the day, but I don't want her drinking much before she goes to bed, b/c she still wears a pull-up and wets it most nights.
Rich, I too wondered about the carbs not being digested. A google search came up with any number of possible gastro conditions. And I forgot to mention that her annual bloodwork 2 months ago was negative for Celiac. I like the suggestion for a probiotic. She actually had perianal strep a few months ago and the ped suggested a probiotic, but she hated the ones I bought (Culturelle for kids). I ordered another kind on Amazon through their Subscribe and Save, but it was cancelled for some reason, and then I forgot about pursuing it again.
MDMom, thanks also for the Pepto suggestion. I'm sure my daughter would love it b/c it's pink! As long as it's the cherry tasting one. And Cass, you are so right about this disease - no rhyme or reason!! Just when you think you've got it figured out, diabetes will throw you for a loop!
If the probiotics aren't effective, I'd have her re-checked for Celiac in a few months.