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I feel like I'm falling apart

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  • Posted By: susanashap
  • August 12, 2008
  • 11:41 AM

Hi, I am a 24 year old female and feel like I am much older than that. For about a month now I have been having a lot of abdominal pain. First it started on my lower left side and my lower left back, then my upper left side started hurting, then my right lower left side kicked in, then my upper right back began to bother me. Now it feels like my body is having trouble deciding where exactly the pain wants to stay. I feel fatigued a lot of the time. I recently started feeling nauseas which culminated in me vomiting and my right side cramping so bad I thought I was going to die. My stools have been coming out weird colors and I feel as if I am going crazy. I have gone to the ER twice in the last two weeks and each time they said they could not find what was wrong with me and just gave me pain pills which don't really help any. I also skipped my period this month which hasn't happened in over a year.
When I went to the hospital the first time they told me I had an elevated white blood count. I also had a slight fever, but they said my CT scan came back normal and the rest of my blood tests and urine test came back fine. The second time I went the doctor just did some blood tests and a urine exam and said I was fine and sent me home with some percocet. I don't know if I am going crazy or what but all I know is that I am in pain and something just doesn't feel right. I am morbidly obese and have a fatty liver and am wondering if maybe this is just a progression of that, but I am not a doctor so I can't guess to what it is. Then again the doctors here can't seem to guess to it either so I don't know what to do anymore.
If anyone has had any kind of these symptoms or know about these kind of symptoms can you please give me any ideas as to what this may be? Also can you please let me k now what kinds of tests I should request from my doctor in order to pinpoint what this may be?

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  • It could be your gallbladder, even though the CT was normal...there is a test that checks to see if the gallbladder is functioning...it can be non-functioning without gallstones.Sometimes with gallbladder problems the stools become clay colored (tan, gray). You didn't say what color yours were. Do you feel worse after eating fatty meals? This would point to gallbladder. I know your pain isn't in the typical place, but still a consideration. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 02:04 AM
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  • I agree with GB issues - this can cause referred pain on both sides of the body, as well as pain in between the shoulder blades. You need a full stool exam to rule out bacteria,parasites, candida, and other issues. What are your periods like? Are you on any medications? Have they tested you for diabetes? What is your diet like? Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 02:46 AM
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  • I have pcos so there was a time that I was not getting my periods for a while. But for the last year I had been getting my period on time every time. My stools mostly come out with an orangey hue to them or a very pale orange brown. I also have been diagnosed with Pre Diabetes. My Diet is very bad I must admit. I have been deppressed and fatigued over being sick so I just eat whatever is around the house. I have gained some weight recently too so I don't know if that could be what is causing the pain.
    susanashap 3 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 03:35 AM
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  • Elevated white count suggests infection. Have they done a pelvic sonogram?I think the issue could be OBGYN related. Maybe you have a cystic ovaryor uterine fibroid.I first thought APPY when you mentioned lower right abd pain. But, I can'timagine a "hot" APPY going on for this long a period of time.My last suggestion is Gasto related......being that you have malaise andpain in different parts of your abd this could be Irritable Bowel Syndromewhich causes many of the symptoms you describe. The best way to treat thisis via dietary changes...most meds will only slow the bowel down and worsenthe condition. Percoset causes constipation and possible ileus (stenosisof the intestine) so I would not take that until you get this formally assessedby a medical professional.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 14, 2008
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  • Sounds like endometriosis, by where you discribe the pain, have you been checked for it, I think it is possible for it not to show up on scans or ultrasounds.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 10:46 AM
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  • I can suggest a few things for you because I have the same symptoms and have been diagnosed by a medical expert. But before I go on, I have tell I have painful fatty tumors growing all over my body in addition to the symptoms you had mentioned earlier in your thread. I have been diagnosed with a disease called, "Dercum's" or other wise known as, "Adiposis Dolorosa." I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia as well. My joints, vertebra, sacrum, hip sockets all fall out of place constantly and is extremely painful and debilitating at times. And by the way, I take calcium and magnesium everyday--my body should not be falling apart!! Dr. Karen Herbst in San Diego specializes in obesity cases/conditions (and is trying to find a cure for obesity). Dr. Herbst uses Western medicines' approach, which definitely has its downside and up. AND the other solution is the Chinese who know all about Dercum's disease!!! The Chinese herbalists call it, "phlegm-damp." Honestly, I have to express using Chinese herbs to heal my sickness in my body has worked and my tumors are reducing in size dramatically.....! You can find an herbalist in Chinatown or through an acupuncturist to help you find a herbalist that can bring health to the body. Next, food is a major contributor!!!! =( In a nut shell for food consumption: VEGAN lifestyle. I can not tell you that I am a prohibitionist for saving a yummy steak! I like meat, but have come to understand through education that our food is full of acidity, sugar and deadly oils that our body sometimes can not process. In order to gain back your life, you are going to have to have a new change of heart, mind, and way of eating. Your symptoms will not go away and doctors will send you away with no answers for the kind of symptoms you are experiencing! You are not alone...there are plenty of "us" that have the same story with doctors returning no answers or solutions for the pain, but usually end up offering a pharmaceutical drug to mask the real issues--unfortunately!! There are clues in this thread to begin finding answers and solutions for the problems you are experiencing with your body. Check out: http://ucsd.photobooks.com/directory/profile.asp?setsize=10&dbase=main&pict_id=6269952. The Chinese suggested diet and herbs, Dr. Karen Herbst suggested diet and the Alkine diet is the mix of education and dietary plan that has been been a huge blessing beyond measure.
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