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The doctor's are stumped.

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  • Posted By: virtue3
  • May 22, 2009
  • 02:31 PM

My mother has a recurring ascites, has been in the hospital for 3 weeks, has had every test you can think of, and they still don't know why she has it. The doctor's are calling her a medical mystery. She is 60 years of age, has been morbidly obese for over 35 years, a smoker (pack a day) for 35 years, a heavy drinker on weekends only for 35 years, type 2 diabetes for two years, high blood pressure, has had 2 stints placed in arteries surrounding her heart (one in 2003 and 2007), and has been taking a host of medications for years. To diagnose the cause of the ascites she's had 2 liver biopsies, 2 abdominal CT's, 2 MRI's, 2 upper GI tract scopes, 2 colonoscopies, a host of ultra sounds, and loads of blood tests by two different hospitals all showing nothing of any real significance. She has tested negative for cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, kidney infection/failure, congenital heart disease (though she has symptoms), her ovaries LOOK fine, and her digestive system does not show any blockages. However, she’s had no bowl movements for a week and is throwing up all she eats. She's loosing weight rapidly (58 pounds since the beginning of March) and getting weaker by the day because she can't keep any food down. The hospital she’s currently in now (a large city teaching hospital) recently did laparoscopic surgery on her abdomen and though they say they didn't see anything specific, they found that her anatomy wasn't normal. They found a thick coating surrounding her intestines and she has an unusual high amount of adhesions sticking her abdominal organs together. However, she’s never had abdominal surgery except a tubal ligation 35 years ago. They've taken samples from their abnormal findings and are waiting for the results. In the meantime, they've decided to release my mother while they wait for the results but she is still very ill. I don’t know what else to do. Can you help? Have you ever heard of anything like this or know of someone who can help?

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