It was right after Thanksgiving 2015 that Allyson Ferguson came down with a painful bizarre illness that had her constantly vomiting. This sweet Rock Hill 14-year-old had to stop eating. Thanksgiving last year was her last “big meal”.
Allyson became one of our #MollysKids when her mom reached out in April. She said they needed ANSWERS.
She was hoping someone would see the post and comment with ideas because doctors didn’t know what was going on (READ that post HERE).
Today seems a fitting time to update Allyson’s situation.
Bottom line, answers are still needed.
Soon after April’s post, Allyson underwent surgery at University of Virginia Medical Center. She did exceptionally well for four months. No pain. No vomiting. No nausea. But in September, the exact same type OF episodes (unexplained pain, nausea and vomiting) started again.
Allyson spent Labor Day weekend in the hospital.
Mom Meaghan Workman says it’s casually referred to as "abdominal migraines".
“I don't really know how someone has a migraine in their stomach,” said Meaghan. "I get asked about that all the time. Evidently it happens like a severe head migraine where vomiting occurs, only for these abdominal ones there isn’t much documentation. But the neurologist is adamant that’s what it is.”
Allyson is on plenty of medications, but continues to have an episode every 2-3 weeks.
Meaghan says they’ve now been referred to a neurologist who uses a device called Alpha-Stim as well as natural remedies, to help with pain. The device can cost up to $1,000 and is not covered by insurance.
“We are hopeful, though a little apprehensive of seeing another physician,” Meaghan says. “We’re still deciding how to proceed because we often feel we never get the right answers. We’re really hopeful on natural remedies.”
Allyson was able to run for 9th grade homecoming princess. She also continues to maintain an A-B average at South Pointe High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina) despite being half home-bound.
“We continue to fight this battle together,” Meaghan said. “We couldn’t love her anymore and are exceptionally proud of her.”
Beautiful words about a beautiful girl. Hang in there, Allyson. On this day of thanks, thank YOU for sharing your story with all of us. Hopefully someone reads it and has some ideas for you and your family.
*Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.