So, Addy has been saying (for a long time, definitely weeks if not months) "I'm sick" or now "I'm really sick" nearly every day, many times a day. When I ask her what's wrong or what hurts, she says "I'm starting to throw up" and kind of force-gags herself a little, or just the past couple of days "I have a stomachache". She has never actually thrown up, has no other signs or symptoms of illness, eats well, and once I distract her in some way she always stops saying it, so frankly I've kind of been ignoring it as toddler weirdness/inability to correctly identify normal feelings like hunger or needing to poop. And yes sometimes those things seem to help but not always. Sometimes she says it before eating, sometimes after. It's just....that she is saying it SO MUCH, there's that nagging feeling of "Well what if something IS wrong and I was ignoring her?" I mean, I don't think there's anything horrible going on, but maybe some kind of reflux or something?
Thing is, I feel really dumb making a whole doctor's appointment just to say that my 2 year old says she has a tummy ache a lot, with nothing else to go on. My doctor is really laid back and non-alarmist, and I don't know that they'd want to run a bunch of tests on her for something so vague (or that I would want that either). And I've found no real pattern to help narrow it down beyond what I've said here. So it feels like it would be a waste of time. Still...completely ignoring her doesn't exactly feel right either!
IDK...what do you guys think? I know you're not doctors, but...any momtuition? Experience with this sort of thing?
I might be extra worrywart-ish about this because for years and years and years (until she was in her 20s) my cousin was kind of known in the family as a hypochondriac, always whining about her stomach hurting. Turned out eventually that she had terrible endometriosis and was in legitimate, excruciating pain all that time--she lost an ovary. (Don't worry, she has a beautiful little girl now anyway I don't think THAT'S what's going on here, of course, but I'm a little sensitive to ignoring medical complaints now...