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    I am a first time camp nurse and I have a camper with stabbing abdominal pain and abnormal heavy menstrual bleeding. She is 15 years old and has been on birth control for at lease the last 6 months, she takes it the same time daily and has not missed any doses. She has also had hernia repair surgery and appendicitis. She reports that her abdominal pain feels similar to when she had her appendix out. I contacted her dad yesterday because she was not feeling well and he stated that she had been dealing with abdominal pain on and off for a while and that she can tend to over exaggerate things. I talked with her camp counselor and she stated that she feels the camper might be dramatic sometimes but is overall a tough girl and can tolerate pain. My question is when to get concerned. I have been medicating her with tylenol and ibuprofen as well as a heat pack and nothing seems to touch her pain. Her dad is in a nearby town and I suggested to her that she could maybe go home early with him if that’s what she wanted. Should I encourage her to go home? When should I be concerned enough to take her to an urgent care or ED?

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    I would have her see the urgent care just to rule out certain things. Usually the Tylenol or Ibuprofen takes care of it. If it does not, then something else is going on. The urgent care can do a CBC and do other blood tests to see what is going on inside of the body. Please take her to the urgent care and please call her father and mother. Please let us know how she is doing. I hope that she feels better. Thank you for your post.

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    I ended up trying Tylenol for her and she went to her cabin to sleep for a few hours after I had seen her. She came back out feeling much better and had a good time at the rest of camp. I think there was a combination of things happening- she mentioned wanting to go home, she had not gotten much sleep since being there, and the majority of the girls in her cabin had started or were on their periods. I think a combination of all of that contributed. If she would have continue with the abdominal pain I would have followed through with your advice. Thanks for the input!

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    I would have her see the doctor or the nearest urgent care ASAP near the camp area. If there is a hospital near the camp area, I would go to their ER as soon as you can. You can also do a internet search on a doctor or an ER doctor that you can talk to via Skype. They are out there, but you just have to search for them on the internet.
    Camp nursing is a great way to help children of all ages during the summer. I really always wanted to do camp nursing for a summer job. Perhaps, I will get my chance in the future. Good luck and I hope the girl is doing OK.

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