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Waiting for some help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 30, 2007
  • 03:46 AM

I'm a 22 year old female who has been having problems for some time.

Main problems currently include abdominal pain (almost nightly) that is in my upper mid abdomen radiating to my back. I wouldn't put the pain on my right side, but I would say that my left side doesn't hurt at all...and that maybe the pain goes over to that side, but its not at its worst over there.

Some nights I curl in a fetal position to try to feel better. The pain always occurs at night a few hours after I eat dinner.

I have recently had some issues with diarrhea and frequent bowel movements.

I am tired to being in pain all the time. I'm seeing a GI doctor soon, but I'm afraid of being dismissed.

I also have GERD. I was diagnosed about 8 months ago. Its a bit better on medication.

One weird thing about me is that one time I had a fever for several days. I had extreme body pain and could barely move. I went in for blood work and my liver enzymes were elevated. They soon resolved. Just throwing that out there. I'm looking for any help I can get.

I've also had problems with bloating and gas.

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  • I don't know if this will help but it was such a struggle trying to get the doctors to do anything so I can at least give you the information so you can use it as questions. This may get long so I will say sorry in advance. I had 2 main issues associated with my pains and both sound just like yours. 1) I had ulcers really bad and we will get into that one2) I had to have my gall bladder removed and that also caused huge problems that they didn't explain "could" happen. The ulcers - If you are Type O Neg blood you have a better chance of getting Duodenum ulcers. When my ulcers were hurting I would start sweating and feeling like I was having a heart attack that I would be looking for the nearest hospital or fire station to seek medical attention. After suffering with this for so long and the doctor not doing anything, it got to the point where I was drinking antacids, eating bottles of tums and having Pepto for a treat. When they went into my stomach with the camera, they found that my duodenum was so raw and swolen, it was almost closed shut. It was basically at a critical level from a little bleeding to a rupture. I also had 3 ulcers on the lining of the stomach but they were babies. Now for the Gall Bladder. I had the pain right under the right breat and I would have to hold my ribs real tight trying to contain the pain. The surgery was an outpatient and I seemed to hurt more then normal and took a long time to heal. I started having a bigger problem, I was producing so much bile that my body couldn't handle it and I had permanent diarrhea which is very difficult to live with. I went to my doctor after losing about 20 pounds and told him I couldn't get it under control and he tested my blood for get this....to see if i was taking laxatives (checking me for eating disorders). When the blood work came back normal he tried giving me some meds and sent me to a gastro doc who did the tests from the story above up there. The bathroom issues still were an issue. I would be at work and couldn't eat or drink anything because I would have to run to the bathroom. I would have to get into my car and race home sometimes (20 miles) in major city traffic to get home and home I made it (sparing me of embarrassment since I am a woman and we don't do these things). I eventually lost over 50 pounds and couldn't eat for about 6 years when we found a medicine called Cholestryramine for Oral Suspension, USP Powder where I would used 1 scoop in water or orange juice daily. What a miracle. I eventually put on all of the 50 pounds and then some and now am on a "weight loss" program..I know funny right. (it is medically supervised by a doctor for obvious reasons". I wish you the very best and if you are feeling the pain and having the diarrhea it is a pretty good sign to see the gastro doctor and ask questions for sure.
    TiredMom 3 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 04:17 AM
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