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nightly stomach pains, weigth loss

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  • Posted By: ruthsophie
  • November 6, 2006
  • 01:19 PM

I am 73 yo female. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with uterine cancer (stage 1C) and had complete hysterectomy. About a month ago I started experiencing the following symptoms: waking up almost nightly with severe cramps and upper back pain. It is helped by walking around and usually subsides after few hours, usually after several rather loose BMs accompanied by passing of gas. I lost 6-8 pounds (I was not overweight). I had colonoscopy about 1/2 year ago and just now ultrasound, catscan, barium Xrays and upper GI endoscopy. None of these tests show any abnormalities except Pyllori bacteria in my stomach. My gastroentorologist states that he has no idea what is wrong - I suspect that he thinks that I am exaggerating my symptoms. He prescribed hyoscyamine - it does not seem to help. I was rather high functioning for my age and after a month of suffering like this I am a wreck! Please help Sophie

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  • I wonder if you might have upset your gut flora, especially if you have been taking antibiotics for anything (or were given them during your operation). It sounds like this has gone on for more than just a month (since you had a colonoscopy about six months ago). The excess gas suggests to me that something might be wrong with your internal 'bugs'. It might be worth taking some probiotics (in pill form or as natural yogurt) and see if they do any good. They certainly won't do any harm. You could do worse than to check out IBS on the website also to see if this fits the bill.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 08:35 PM
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  • With bad stomach pains like that I would suggest a endoscopy. An endoscopy looks at your stomach. With you having stomach pains i might be an option.You might want to also check out Celiac Disease. It has similar symptoms to IBS and is usually misdiagnosed in people with stomach problems.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 08:47 PM
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