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Severe abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, arthritis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 23, 2006
  • 11:27 PM

I joined this forum to see if other people suffer from the same symptoms that I have and what their diagnosis was ... My symptoms are (if I eat anything): severe abdominal pain/swelling, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, stinky bowl movements, excessive flatulance, pooping mucus ... My primary care doctor diagnosed me with "malabsorption" and sent me to a GI specialist who said that I had "chronic pancreatitis" and gave me a prescription for enzymes ... To date I've had an endoscopy (normal), CT scan (normal), abdominal sonagram (pancreas slightly swollen), and numerous blood tests for pancreatitis (all normal) ... I have a new GI doctor who will do a colonoscopy this coming week ... Additionally, I have been having bad pain in my right hip and (finally) got to see an orthopedic specialist last week ... He said that I have a cyst in my hip joint and will eventually have to have a hip replacement when I can no longer tolerate the pain (I was given a shot in the hip to help the pain) ... After doing much research on this website it seems like I might suffer from "Whipple's Disease" ... I can't tolerate the pain anymore and hope that this new doctor can find a cause ... If anyone out there has had similar symptoms and found a viable diagnosis, please post!

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  • My husband has whipple's. He had the same symptoms and lost 60 pounds. You need to have endoscopy of the small intestines. And there is a certain kind of test that has to be done to confirm Whipples. They told my husband he had crohn's disease and gave him prednisone. When he did not get better is when they went into the small intestines. He suffered for months with this. He is now in relaspe with a lot of pain in ankles and hands/wrists. Arthritic whipple's. Search whipples on the net, a lot of information is out there. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2006
    • 05:00 PM
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  • Look into a test for Celiac Sprue (Celiac Disease). It's when you are Gluten intolerate and gluten will damage your small intestine. My son is suffering from nausea and vomiting, so we have been through many tests and research. He has no pain or diarrhea though. He was negative for it. However, your symptoms seem to fit it more. The test is a simple blood test, it would be worth taking.
    bsmiller 4 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 03:53 PM
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  • I dont know what to do I have had many tests done my stomachaches are so aweful i feel at times as if im going to die its awful sometimes i wake at night, i dont sleep sometimes, i boll up in pain on teh couch, i have a very high pain tolerance and i just ache i feel like crying this happens abotu once every month and a half to 2 months. and teh severe ones that make me wanna die(ya i knwo soudns pretty harsh but its true)-.- those come for bout once a year and for three days i have to go to teh bathroom every hour symptom's: diarrhea,bloating,nausea,gas awful smelling and pain once and awhile vomiting the vomit and diarreha sometimes smell the sameit would take to long to explain everything so i will leave this in parting.i know it sounds dramatic im so sick of bieng sick there are times it feels like crabs are crawling inside my guts and pinching -.- i sweat with pain and i just wanna know can i IBS be this bad becasue this is the only explanation Ive ever been given the only reason im even posting this is because i so badly hope theres something i can do to get better thanks for any replies . kats
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    • January 5, 2007
    • 07:50 AM
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  • Hi,I suffered the same symptoms for 2 yrs. and was diagnosed with everything under the sun. Nothing seemed to help. I finally was checked for celiac disease and within 5 days of eating totally gluten free my symptoms subsided. They are over 150 symptoms due to celiac disease. You need and upper endoscopy and specialized blood tests. The first round of blood tests I had showed no possible celiac. MY GI doc disagreed and sent them to a specialized lab - Prometheus Labs in Calafornia and lo and behold they came back positive. There are only a handful of labs in the U.S. that have tests sensitive enough to diagnose the disease. I also had severe bone and muscle pain. Every joint in my body ached. The pain was a lot like arthritis. After I went gluten free it took a few months but now that pain is gone. If I accidently come into contact with gluten the pain is my first sign.I joined this forum to see if other people suffer from the same symptoms that I have and what their diagnosis was ... My symptoms are (if I eat anything): severe abdominal pain/swelling, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, stinky bowl movements, excessive flatulance, pooping mucus ... My primary care doctor diagnosed me with "malabsorption" and sent me to a GI specialist who said that I had "chronic pancreatitis" and gave me a prescription for enzymes ... To date I've had an endoscopy (normal), CT scan (normal), abdominal sonagram (pancreas slightly swollen), and numerous blood tests for pancreatitis (all normal) ... I have a new GI doctor who will do a colonoscopy this coming week ... Additionally, I have been having bad pain in my right hip and (finally) got to see an orthopedic specialist last week ... He said that I have a cyst in my hip joint and will eventually have to have a hip replacement when I can no longer tolerate the pain (I was given a shot in the hip to help the pain) ... After doing much research on this website it seems like I might suffer from "Whipple's Disease" ... I can't tolerate the pain anymore and hope that this new doctor can find a cause ... If anyone out there has had similar symptoms and found a viable diagnosis, please post!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 01:12 AM
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  • Right now it's 3:37 AM and I have been up for hours due to severe stomach pains and gas. I've had diarrhea and have had really bad nausea. I feel like my esophagus is cramping up as well as my middle abdomen. It's like a squeeze. I'm very, very bloated---I look like I'm at least 6-7 months pregnant---and I have to keep curling up in a ball which just gives me more pain. I've taken 5 Tums since around 1. It's not helping at all. This is the first time I've had this and it hasn't been going on for a long period of time. I'm trying to look up what I have exactly but I keep getting different results. I don't have any of that arithitis or muscle or bone pain either. I'm only 15 so what is it? -Laura
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2009
    • 08:49 AM
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  • Right now it's 3:37 AM and I have been up for hours due to severe stomach pains and gas. I've had diarrhea and have had really bad nausea. I feel like my esophagus is cramping up as well as my middle abdomen. It's like a squeeze. I'm very, very bloated---I look like I'm at least 6-7 months pregnant---and I have to keep curling up in a ball which just gives me more pain. I've taken 5 Tums since around 1. It's not helping at all. This is the first time I've had this and it hasn't been going on for a long period of time. I'm trying to look up what I have exactly but I keep getting different results. I don't have any of that arithitis or muscle or bone pain either. I'm only 15 so what is it? -LauraPlease speak with your parents....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2009
    • 11:33 PM
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  • Is the pain worse after eating? Maybe worse after fatty or fried foods?If so, maybe pancreatitis? That's what they thought I had.
    RachelBullets 120 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 02:17 AM
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  • the only way to know what is really going on is to have a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. I had much of the same symptoms and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 23. I went through a ton of tests, and finally was referred to a GI who knew what to do. I now have severe arthritis that is related to the ulcerative colitis, which is a defect in the body's immune system. It is known as an AutoImmune disease, because the body's immune system attacks itself. and usually focuses the attack in the intestinal tract. However, as in my case the disease can change and now my body is attacking my joints more as well as my intestinal tract. Certain foods can trigger it such as wheat, gluten, dairy products, and fiber...fyithere is also a GI diease closely related to Uc, which is Crohn's Disease..Upper Endoscopy to view small intestines is needed to diagnoseboth diseases are life long and go into flare ups and remission and are increased with stress
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  • I dont know what to do I have had many tests done my stomachaches are so aweful i feel at times as if im going to die its awful sometimes i wake at night, i dont sleep sometimes, i boll up in pain on teh couch, i have a very high pain tolerance and i just ache i feel like crying this happens abotu once every month and a half to 2 months. and teh severe ones that make me wanna die(ya i knwo soudns pretty harsh but its true)-.- those come for bout once a year and for three days i have to go to teh bathroom every hour symptom's: diarrhea,bloating,nausea,gas awful smelling and pain once and awhile vomiting the vomit and diarreha sometimes smell the sameit would take to long to explain everything so i will leave this in parting.i know it sounds dramatic im so sick of bieng sick there are times it feels like crabs are crawling inside my guts and pinching -.- i sweat with pain and i just wanna know can i IBS be this bad becasue this is the only explanation Ive ever been given the only reason im even posting this is because i so badly hope theres something i can do to get better thanks for any replies . katsI have had the same symptoms since Jan. of 2009. I have been to a GI doc, and they put me on Align (a very expensive OTC probiotic). It seemed to help. They said it takes about a month or two to work. I went off of it thinking I was better, and now my flare ups have gotten progressively worse. They last anywhere from a day to 3 or 4 days.I also have aweful belches. They taste and smell like the diarrhea and vomit smell. I don't vomit as often as I did in the beginning. I thought I got some kind of bacterica, because I got sick a few hours after eating a catered meal. It wasn't very good, and the meat was pretty red (I had asked for well done). I have been diagnosed with IBS. They have run about a million tests on me. I've had an ultrasound, and been the the ER a few times. I'm having a fairly bad bout right now that started last night. I haven't felt better at all today, and it's getting worse.Mine always starts around 1-3 am. All the docs seem to me lost and have no clue what's wrong. I'm so tired of feeling like this every 2-8 weeks (yes, it varies that much in flares). I've kept logs of my food, at first it seemed like fried, starchy foods set it off, now it doesn't matter, anything will set it off. I'm getting ready to go to flight school, and I am very apprehensive going back to the doctor and getting misdiagnosed, because I have to disclose everything to the FAA.
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  • My 4 yr old has had diaherra, throwing up, bloating of the stomache for going on 7 months now he has had an ultra sound, upper GI, and endoscopy and its all came back normal can anyone help me????
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  • I used to have the severe pain and diarrhea pre-pregnancy. I still have the diarrhea some particularly after eating out, but no joke, the pain stopped after I got pregnant and did not return after my babies got here. It did occur to me that you could be a guy or a woman not wanting kids, but thought it was worth mentioning.
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  • I cried when i read all of these responses. For the last 6 years I have been going through the same symptoms. But for the last 3 weeks is when it has just gotten worse. I have been bedridden for 3 and a half weeks and have not eaten for the past 3 days. It sucks, so i sympathise with all users. I was told i had pancreatitis which is brought on by gall stones and that is brought on after eating fatty foods. This will require an operation to remove the gall bladder. I am hoping and praying that this will be the end of pain. I have been on pain killers and prescribed medicines which were making me feel awful. But apparently i suffer from constipation aswel which is just embarrassing. Also indigestion. I have made many trips to the local emergency department, so much that they know me when I walk in the door!!! Now thats pretty bad. A couple of shots of pain killers and then the pain goes away for maybe a day and then it comes right back. I understand the suffering. I am also scared of eating in fear that the constant pain will become greater. I have not heard of whipples disease so I will be researching that. To the parent of the 4 year old, I have 2 girls and I know what its like to see your babies in distress - if I could I would happily take away his/hers pain and add it to mine. No child should suffer.This is a great forum for finding other possibilities. Thank you all.
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  • Right now it's 3:37 AM and I have been up for hours due to severe stomach pains and gas. I've had diarrhea and have had really bad nausea. I feel like my esophagus is cramping up as well as my middle abdomen. It's like a squeeze. I'm very, very bloated---I look like I'm at least 6-7 months pregnant---and I have to keep curling up in a ball which just gives me more pain. I've taken 5 Tums since around 1. It's not helping at all. This is the first time I've had this and it hasn't been going on for a long period of time. I'm trying to look up what I have exactly but I keep getting different results. I don't have any of that arithitis or muscle or bone pain either. I'm only 15 so what is it? -LauraYou should try taking albendozal or metronidazole sounds to me like you may have a bacterial infection or worms. I live in Haiti and we deal with these same symptoms all the time...not a big deal to clear up if it is one of these two.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2011
    • 03:12 AM
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  • I joined this forum to see if other people suffer from the same symptoms that I have and what their diagnosis was ... My symptoms are (if I eat anything): severe abdominal pain/swelling, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, stinky bowl movements, excessive flatulance, pooping mucus ... My primary care doctor diagnosed me with "malabsorption" and sent me to a GI specialist who said that I had "chronic pancreatitis" and gave me a prescription for enzymes ... To date I've had an endoscopy (normal), CT scan (normal), abdominal sonagram (pancreas slightly swollen), and numerous blood tests for pancreatitis (all normal) ... I have a new GI doctor who will do a colonoscopy this coming week ... Additionally, I have been having bad pain in my right hip and (finally) got to see an orthopedic specialist last week ... He said that I have a cyst in my hip joint and will eventually have to have a hip replacement when I can no longer tolerate the pain (I was given a shot in the hip to help the pain) ... After doing much research on this website it seems like I might suffer from "Whipple's Disease" ... I can't tolerate the pain anymore and hope that this new doctor can find a cause ... If anyone out there has had similar symptoms and found a viable diagnosis, please post!Hi! I'm a 16yo Caucasian female, so "chronic pancreatitis" seems highly unlikely. Whipple's Disease is supposed to be highly uncommon and effect mainly middle-aged white men, so it is highly unlikely that it what I have. I have bloating, large amounts of abdominal pain, mucus-covered stool, I've thrown up 4 times projectile-style this evening, and waking up in the morning to walk is almost impossible. Could anyone please help me narrow my search down? I've already paid $100 of my own money for my doctor to have pronounced me a carrier of Giardia, but I've finished all medication courses for those, and it's been three weeks with the pain in the joints getting progressively more unbearable and the throwing up starting tonight. I feel like my body is falling apart, it's all progressing so quickly, I was just wondering if anyone could help me look for some things that could make me feel a little better in the short-term.
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  • I had gas, bloating, watery stool and a very painful abdomen. Dr tested for 5 months Everything from crohns, celiacs to cancer and couldn't find the problem. It ended upBeing a simple stool test that tested positive for C-difficili. A bacterial infection that can Be life threatening and make u very ill. You can get it from certain antibiototics but also From hospitals and tainted utensils. Asked to be checked!! Hope u find what's wrong:)
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  • Sounds like you have an intestinal parasite. I had that once. I swallowed a flea.Please speak with your parents....
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  • I suggest going on a very strict diet: no grains except rice, no dairy, very low fat, very small amount of lean animal protein, no eggs, very little fruit (berries are usually easiest to digest), no sugars, no gluten, no caffeine. You could still have something going on that you need medical help for, but I had severe digestive symptoms and have improved greatly when I watch what I eat. Eat small quantities at a time. Some of us have sensitive digestive symptoms that get overloaded very easily. After a while if you are feeling better, try adding different foods. You will know what you can tolerate. You won't starve, and I find I would rather eat a restricted diet than be in constant distress and looking for a bathroom everywhere I go. Hope that helps.
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  • Look into a test for Celiac Sprue (Celiac Disease). It's when you are Gluten intolerate and gluten will damage your small intestine. My son is suffering from nausea and vomiting, so we have been through many tests and research. He has no pain or diarrhea though. He was negative for it. However, your symptoms seem to fit it more. The test is a simple blood test, it would be worth taking.Wow, the info was very accurate.
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  • I dont know what to do I have had many tests done my stomachaches are so aweful i feel at times as if im going to die its awful sometimes i wake at night, i dont sleep sometimes, i boll up in pain on teh couch, i have a very high pain tolerance and i just ache i feel like crying this happens abotu once every month and a half to 2 months. and teh severe ones that make me wanna die(ya i knwo soudns pretty harsh but its true)-.- those come for bout once a year and for three days i have to go to teh bathroom every hour symptom's: diarrhea,bloating,nausea,gas awful smelling and pain once and awhile vomiting the vomit and diarreha sometimes smell the sameit would take to long to explain everything so i will leave this in parting.i know it sounds dramatic im so sick of bieng sick there are times it feels like crabs are crawling inside my guts and pinching -.- i sweat with pain and i just wanna know can i IBS be this bad becasue this is the only explanation Ive ever been given the only reason im even posting this is because i so badly hope theres something i can do to get better thanks for any replies . katsI have all these symptoms too. Four years ago I had 7 hernias repaired and two years ago during another abdominal surgery they told me that all the meshing has become enmeshed into all my intestines and short of removing my intestines they cannot clean the mess up. I also have severe adhesion's as well but over the last 6 months my symptoms have gotten much worse and my doctor will not take anything I say serious about my pain or problem. I tend to get kinks in my intestine and the doctor just blows this off too. I am desperate to find help and understand the thoughts of not being able to live with this pain forever. I do go to pain management because I have several other health issues that cause chronic pain such as arthritis in every bone of my body and Interstitial Cystitis to name a few. I have research on the internet as well and am wondering about things like allergy to gluten but the Lord only knows what it is since no doctor here is trying to help me. Good luck in finding help and know you are not alone in your thoughts.
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  • Sounds like you have an intestinal parasite. I had that once. I swallowed a flea.what do you mean....what were your symptoms? I have always wondered if I have an intestinal parasite, but doctors told me it was highly unlikely if I haven't traveled out of the country.
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