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26 year old female, digestive tract issue.

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  • Posted By: ghostofcandide
  • September 13, 2008
  • 03:49 AM

My wife is 26 an dis having some kind of issue that the doctors have not been able to diagnose, despite it being several months since her symptoms started. Please help me try to understand or at least narrow down her issue.

Medical history-
3 Caesareans - Jan. 24 2004, April 26, 2005, August 31, 2006
Pulmonary embulisium three days after the last caesarean, Sept. 3 2006
Paragard IUD (Copper) installed about a month after pulmonary embulism
High Blood pressure - taking toperol XL 50 mg daily
Depression - Effexor XR 225 mg daily
Obese - unsure if this is a symptom or not, but she's around 300 pounds, 5' 11. She honestly doesn't eat much either, although I couldn't define the number of calories she has daily

Not long after her pulmonary embulism, my wife started having very bad gas pains. She went to a gastroenterologist, and a stool sample showed blood in the stool. Her stool was also unusually large, making it hard for her to go. They gave her a colonoscopy, which came up clean. The doctor then believed it was irritable bowel, and the blood was a fluke. Changed her diet, and everything got a little better, although she never was 100%.

In May of this year my wife started having diarrhea. She kept trying to persevere through it, nut finally in June, she went to the doctor and a bloodtest showed a high level of enzymes, specifically ones made in the liver. Doctor thought it was gallstones, and sure enough it was. While the doctor thought they didn't go together, they still needed to remove the gallbladder. At the end of July, her gallbladder was removed. Post-op she was given questran which she took for around 10 days. The diarrhea seemed to calm down, but afterward she stopped taking the medication it was back. She kept trying to deal with it, but she started getting pains after a few weeks, especially in her lower left abdomen. She also started to be very tired, and when she went to the bathroom there was mucus in her stool. There is also some mucus in the vagina, which comes and goes. She also started having trouble controlling her bowel - there were instances where she just didn't make it to the bathroom on time. Spoke with her doctor again, now her blood test is showing extremely small red blood cells - the doctor compared to to a premature baby's red blood cells. Within the last week, she started to see blood in her urine and her stool, and it's becoming more frequent that she can't make it to the bathroom.

The doctors keep coming up with new tests, but they seem to be puzzled by her symptoms. The examples they given me of what's possible, things like Crohn's disease, don't seem to fit. I don't know if I'm just expecting too much from her doctors, since I'm having trouble finding a cause too. They've started her on a fiber regimen, but it's too early to see if that's doing anything for her (only just started today). Are there any suggestions as to what I should be looking at or researching?

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