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My (short) Story- please read- is this a GI issue or something bigger

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  • Posted By: misscruella16
  • July 13, 2008
  • 07:19 AM

Hello Everyone,

I have been trying to research various medical conditions over the internet to gain knowledge about a possible condition before I go and visit a doctor and pay an enormous fee ( i do not have health insurance). I need any help that you could offer in trying to help me narrow what I could possibly have. Let me say first that I am 19 years old, having gas, belching, abdominal pain and cramps. All of this occurs on an empty stomach, and when I eat something the pain and discomfort immediately go away. This leads to me believe that this is not something so simple as food allergies. I have tried Prilosec with no help, so this leads me to think that I do not have a stomach acid problem either. So what the heck could this be? I was tested for major gastrointestinal diseases I think a few years ago, though the doctor did not do a stool sample I believe, and I think that this is very important in trying to rule things out here. Am I right with that? And I have never had any colonoscopys, endoscopys done etc. But here is some other information about me that may help you help me figure this out. When I was 14, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Yes, at 14 and the doctor could not tell me why. The condition does not run in my family, I mean only 1 person I know in my family has it and that is my grandmother. But she got this when she was in her 80s and I was 14. Premature osteoporosis is very rare. My mother thought that I had a malabsorption problem so I had my blood tested, and the test came back fine. However, I read that the proper way to test for malabsorption is to do a stool sample to find excess fat present. Am I right with this also? I think these doctors were very negligent and incompetent IMO. So, given my age I dont believe that my osteoporosis is genetic, and I do not know about the malabsorption, but I am not extremely thin and this is very common with malabsorption and I do not have chronic diarrhea either which I think is also related. Heres another bit, I have had severe acne since I was 11 or 12. I have tried everything from prescription topicals, OTC products, antibiotics, light therapies, and even accutane. Accutane was the only thing that actually gave some relief, but even after a second course I am still not completely clear. I have had the stomach problems all my life, not being able to digest breast milk I was given goat milk instead as a baby. Another thing (if related), but I had pre pubescent puberty at the age of 7, not my period but just the normal hair growth. Dont know if that is related to all of this though, because I know that different girls develop at different ages. Please take all of this info into account and try to help me figure out what the possibility of all of this is! I do know that alot of malfunctions of the body are diagnosed and treated as a symptom would be treated, not adressing the underlying cause. For example, rhheumatoid arthritis would be treated with painkillers, diabetes with metformin or insulin, etc. But these diseases are part of a bigger picture, autoimmunity. Am i right? So instead of treating my osteoporosis with calcium, my acne with pimple creams, and my gas with Beano, can someone see the bigger picture here? I do believe there is one and I am determined to find it out. If anyone is familiar with disorders of the endocrine system, please inform me if all of these possible "sub-disorders" are part of that bigger picture. I have done a little research on Cushings syndrome and that seems like a possibility. what is your opinion guys?

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  • I have spent months with Dr's lately, and I have found that the pain in the mid sections of my pain are the pancreas and stomach that are inflamed and not working well. They put me on enzymes for the pancreas to help digest the food, and help the stomach absorb my food, that it cant do when its so inflamed. This may not be your problem. but its a good shot. They have given me something to calm the stomach. Also before I eat I take lactadid which helps with the gas and belching. Please get to a Dr sooner that I did. I am in big trouble and its because I didn't know. They found the pancreas and stomach problems looking for something else. Which I wont go into for right now. Good luck and keep in touch with me. Doo
    doodeb452u 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Might look up small bowel intestinal overgrowth. Also, is your blood calcium level normal? Or, maybe a parathyroid problem, or even thyroid. Remember to avoid carbonated beverages and caffeine, for the osteoporosis. Have Vitamin D levels checked too. Sorry...you need to be checked by a doctor!
    marionstar 228 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello Everyone,I have been trying to research various medical conditions over the internet to gain knowledge about a possible condition before I go and visit a doctor and pay an enormous fee ( i do not have health insurance). I need any help that you could offer in trying to help me narrow what I could possibly have. Let me say first that I am 19 years old, having gas, belching, abdominal pain and cramps. All of this occurs on an empty stomach, and when I eat something the pain and discomfort immediately go away. This leads to me believe that this is not something so simple as food allergies. I have tried Prilosec with no help, so this leads me to think that I do not have a stomach acid problem either. So what the heck could this be? I was tested for major gastrointestinal diseases I think a few years ago, though the doctor did not do a stool sample I believe, and I think that this is very important in trying to rule things out here. Am I right with that? And I have never had any colonoscopys, endoscopys done etc. But here is some other information about me that may help you help me figure this out. When I was 14, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Yes, at 14 and the doctor could not tell me why. The condition does not run in my family, I mean only 1 person I know in my family has it and that is my grandmother. But she got this when she was in her 80s and I was 14. Premature osteoporosis is very rare. My mother thought that I had a malabsorption problem so I had my blood tested, and the test came back fine. However, I read that the proper way to test for malabsorption is to do a stool sample to find excess fat present. Am I right with this also? I think these doctors were very negligent and incompetent IMO. So, given my age I dont believe that my osteoporosis is genetic, and I do not know about the malabsorption, but I am not extremely thin and this is very common with malabsorption and I do not have chronic diarrhea either which I think is also related. Heres another bit, I have had severe acne since I was 11 or 12. I have tried everything from prescription topicals, OTC products, antibiotics, light therapies, and even accutane. Accutane was the only thing that actually gave some relief, but even after a second course I am still not completely clear. I have had the stomach problems all my life, not being able to digest breast milk I was given goat milk instead as a baby. Another thing (if related), but I had pre pubescent puberty at the age of 7, not my period but just the normal hair growth. Dont know if that is related to all of this though, because I know that different girls develop at different ages. Please take all of this info into account and try to help me figure out what the possibility of all of this is! I do know that alot of malfunctions of the body are diagnosed and treated as a symptom would be treated, not adressing the underlying cause. For example, rhheumatoid arthritis would be treated with painkillers, diabetes with metformin or insulin, etc. But these diseases are part of a bigger picture, autoimmunity. Am i right? So instead of treating my osteoporosis with calcium, my acne with pimple creams, and my gas with Beano, can someone see the bigger picture here? I do believe there is one and I am determined to find it out. If anyone is familiar with disorders of the endocrine system, please inform me if all of these possible "sub-disorders" are part of that bigger picture. I have done a little research on Cushings syndrome and that seems like a possibility. what is your opinion guys?When you eat something the pain goes away. This points to Ulcers-- Peptic and duodendal. I am suprised to see you didn't mention this in your above research. But the key syptom here is eating makes your pain go away--points right to ulcers.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2009
    • 08:02 AM
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  • When you eat something the pain goes away. This points to Ulcers-- Peptic and duodendal. I am suprised to see you didn't mention this in your above research. But the key syptom here is eating makes your pain go away--points right to ulcers. If you have stomach problems to beging with, Accutane was probably the biggest mistake of your life, but I am sure you have been notified of this by now. I hope you are amongst the ones that never suffer any long term effects of Accutane. I was not so lucky... All the best.
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