I also posted this in the "I need a diagonosis" forum. I just want to get as much help as possible...
My mom has had severe diarrhea for almost a year now. She needs to go to the bathroom nearly twenty times a day. She burps a lot and can barely eat anything without immediately going to the bathroom. She also feels joint pain in her left arm really badly, since december, and has pain in her hands for a long time (her doctors thought she had arthritis).
She had a colonoscopy yesterday and the doctor discovered that she has diverticulosis (probably from the fact that all the fiber she eats is not digested properly) and a hernia in the upper portion of her stomach (forgot what it's called...) probably from all the straining she has to do when she has a bm.
She has tested positive for H pylori several times. She took the prev pack and it made her feel better. Right when she ran out of pills, her diarrhea came back.
My mom recently is becoming more and more incontinent and can barely eat antyhing. She also developed a fever after the colonoscopy and the doctor told her to simply take tylenol.
She has a lot of history:
She had tuberculosis, bronchitis (several times), hepatitis type a, and an apendectomy when she was a child. She was in labor for a very long time when she gave birth to me (over 12 hours, the doctor said she didn't need a c-section...). She has also had several urinary tract infections.
I think that all the stuff found by the colonoscopy is caused by the diarrhea. We don't know what is causing the diarrhea though...
A friend of hers (who was a nurse) thinks she may have Chron's disease. I read up on it and her symptoms seem to fit. I dunno what to do. I'm sick too (will eleaborate once I find out what's wrong with her...).
My mom has seen several doctors over the years. She keeps getting referred and doing all these tests and they never find out what's wrong with her. The doctor who did her colonoscopy wouldn't even come see her after the procedure. Does anybody know any good doctors near Washington DC?