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My son is so tired all the time. he says his stomach hurts off and on for a while now.

my 12 year old son is so tired all the time my 12 year old son is so tired all the time he has a really hard time waking up to go to school or anywhere. he has come home the past 2 days and fell a sleep right away. just so tired . he says his stomach hurts off and on for a while now .
Asked On : Sat, 29 Jan 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello, welcome to Healthcaremagic. First of all you need to find out exactly how many hours he is sleeping in 24 hours. Usually a sleep of 8 hours is required in this age group for getting re energised. As you said he is having a stomach pain you should take him to a doctor for evaluation as he could be having a parasitic infestation in stomach which in turn is leading to malabsorption and weakness. He must undergo blood tests to find out the status of blood levels. Give him well balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Giive him frequent small meals. wish him good health.
Answered: Sat, 1 Oct 2011
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Generally due to general weaknessess / not having his age group team around his home/ attention seeking behaviour / not having extra curricular activities liked by him/ parents are not sharing his feelings / school atmosphere is not conducive & encouraging to him
Answered: Sun, 18 Sep 2011
General & Family Physician Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani's  Response
Hi,thanks for query.First of all please take him to your primary care physician for complete check up.there could be various reasons for this like iron deficiency,some infections,thyroid problem,some vitamin b complex deficiency etc.Give him light diet,more of fruits,salads and plenty of fluids during the day.Give him medicines if required as per advise from your doctor.
wishing you good health.
Answered: Sun, 18 Sep 2011
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A few thoughts; Is he overweight? Does he sleep at night or is he sitting up in his room playing XBOX or PS3 or even talking to girlfriend or friends on his cell phone all hours of he night? I am speaking from experience here so that is why I threw those few possibilities out there for you.

Another thing that I have experience with that matches the symptoms is Hypothyroidism. I have had this disease or at least was diagnosed with it, when I was 11 or 12. I was always tired and drowsy and also couldn't lose weight for anything. If you aren't familiar with this, it is treatable/manageable with medication.

My unprofessional guess is that he's not getting proper nighttime sleep which is translating into the exhaustion that you are witnessing after school.

Also, I suppose puberty could drain you a little and also the symptoms sound like potential depression.

I know you will be the best judge of what is going on with your on son, so by all means if you feel it to be more than video games, internet or cell phones keeping him up at night, maybe your family doctor should run some simple blood work on him and make sure its nothing major. For the thyroid, you can mention to your doctor possibly a TSH, T3 and T4. These are the blood tests that I have every 6 months or so to monitor mine.

Sorry for the rambling, but your symptoms could mean anything from nothing to something!

Take care and good luck.
Answered: Wed, 9 Feb 2011
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