:mad: I am so frustrated!
Here's background -
I am a 42-year old woman, 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) after a weekend of abdominal pain followed by severe reflux the following Monday. (I also happened to have been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst at the same time, but am not sure it was related. The cyst resolved on its own.) I currently take Protonix for the GERD. I guess it helps but I still get belching attacks and pressure in my upper back at night, which leave me exhausted with a sore throat and hoarse voice the next day.
:( More recently I have been having chronic abdominal pressure and pain in my lower right side, accompanied by frequent constipation. When I do go, I have narrow stools, incomplete evacuation, and sometimes mucous. The belching is worse when I am constipated too. The abdominal pain is constant but worsens after sexual intercourse. Having a bowel movement does not relieve the abdominal pain. To complicate matters, I appear to be starting perimenopause; my periods come at 5-6 weeks rather than the 28-30 days. As expected, the abdominal pain/pressure worsens premenstrually but is not totally relieved with the onset of my period.
I have been following the direction of my primary care doctor and a gastroenterologist to avoid acidic foods, try a lactose-free diet, and reduce fat intake, but the symptoms are still occurring. A pelvic ultrasound showed no abnormalities in my uterus or ovaries, and an abdominal ultrasound was completely normal. Bloodwork for liver and kidney function was fine too. My primary care office thinks that I might have IBS, but I am concerned that I have a mass or obstruction, or something going on in my lower GI tract that is related to the upper GI symptoms.
:confused: What should be the next step to take to get a diagnosis? I have a follow-up appointment with my gastroenterologist in a couple of weeks.
Appreciate any suggestions - and that you read this far in the first place!