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Severe stomach pain and weight loss, among some other weird symptons...help, please!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 8, 2008
  • 11:15 PM

Okay, so I need some help.

I've had a really bad wet cough for a month or so, my doctor gave me antibiotics, I think she said it was a sinus infection. It's been getting a lot better but I just put it here in case it might be connected to what is happening now...

In the past week I have had continuous severe pain in my upper abdomen (stomach). It feels like I got punched, hard, and it won't go away. I've tried antacids and advil. They don't help much, if at all. I have these symptoms:

- Severe pain in my stomach
- nasuea and loss of appetite
- fatigue and dizziness
- headache
- sometimes blood on the toilet paper
- constipation/diarrea
- weight loss, even though I do my best to eat and have been regulary consuming boost for calories
- low thyroid levels
- bloated and tender abdomen, even through weight loss
- slight fever

Does anyone know what could be wrong?

Thanks so much!

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  • Okay, so I need some help.I've had a really bad wet cough for a month or so, my doctor gave me antibiotics, I think she said it was a sinus infection. It's been getting a lot better but I just put it here in case it might be connected to what is happening now...In the past week I have had continuous severe pain in my upper abdomen (stomach). It feels like I got punched, hard, and it won't go away. I've tried antacids and advil. They don't help much, if at all. I have these symptoms:- Severe pain in my stomach- nasuea and loss of appetite- fatigue and dizziness- headache- sometimes blood on the toilet paper- constipation/diarrea- weight loss, even though I do my best to eat and have been regulary consuming boost for calories- low thyroid levels- bloated and tender abdomen, even through weight loss- slight feverDoes anyone know what could be wrong? Thanks so much!You may have Hashimoto's thyroiditis! The low thyroid test is a clue, but they need to do an antibody test that is a simple blood test that will show that your body is not recognizing your thyroid anymore and is attacking it and will continue until it no longer secretes hormones. You will have to be on thyroid replacement regimen for the rest of you life. I had many weird symptoms too and the doc wouldn't check for thyroid problem because I didn't have a goiter! I don't know what school he came out of but ppl don't need to have a goiter to have a thyroid disease. It can be life threatening.Please go to the doctor and insist and if he refuses, tell him to refer you to another doc who will, or see if you can make an appt without referral to an Endocrinologist.Good Luck Sick and tired in Minnesota
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2008
    • 00:37 AM
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  • Okay, so I need some help.I've had a really bad wet cough for a month or so, my doctor gave me antibiotics, I think she said it was a sinus infection. It's been getting a lot better but I just put it here in case it might be connected to what is happening now...In the past week I have had continuous severe pain in my upper abdomen (stomach). It feels like I got punched, hard, and it won't go away. I've tried antacids and advil. They don't help much, if at all. I have these symptoms:- Severe pain in my stomach- nasuea and loss of appetite- fatigue and dizziness- headache- sometimes blood on the toilet paper- constipation/diarrea- weight loss, even though I do my best to eat and have been regulary consuming boost for calories- low thyroid levels- bloated and tender abdomen, even through weight loss- slight feverDoes anyone know what could be wrong? Thanks so much!If you have Hashimotos as suggested & I would get this checked out for sure you should also ask for a B12 test make sure they test for MMA & homocystine levels as well as the serum B12 to get a thorough reading of B12 levels .Good luck
    Rainbows End 227 Replies
    • August 23, 2008
    • 00:53 AM
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  • What antibiotic were you prescribed? When did you stop taking the course? A lot of your symptoms could be directly related to the antibiotic use. Please look into clostridium difficile infection which is directly caused by certain antibiotics. Symptoms sometimes don't appear until six months after stopping the antibiotic, so docs miss the connection. Clostridium difficile can cause severe pseudomembranous colitis. Google for more info. A stool test to specifically test for c. difficile should be done to rule this out. An endocrinologist should do further testing for your thyroid. Thyroid issues are becoming increasingly common and I agree Hashimoto's should be ruled out. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 23, 2008
    • 01:22 AM
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  • My husband is actually going through the same issues - with your symptoms. We have had blood work completed which came back normal, xrays on his stomach, catscans on his stomach - he had a kidney stone a few months ago but the Dr has ruled out this has the cause of hte pain. Since June he has been on over 13 different types of medication but nothing is helping the pain. We are seeing a Gastroenterologist tomorrow and hope to get some answers as to what is going on. This has been quite scary for us and our kids (6 & 3yrs old) as they are seeing Daddy in constant pain. We have been to the Emergency room atleast 5 times but he keeps getting sent home with more pain medication......any ideas on where we go from hereThanks so much
    jcbarte 1 Replies
    • September 10, 2008
    • 11:31 AM
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  • My husband is actually going through the same issues - with your symptoms. We have had blood work completed which came back normal, xrays on his stomach, catscans on his stomach - he had a kidney stone a few months ago but the Dr has ruled out this has the cause of hte pain. Since June he has been on over 13 different types of medication but nothing is helping the pain. We are seeing a Gastroenterologist tomorrow and hope to get some answers as to what is going on. This has been quite scary for us and our kids (6 & 3yrs old) as they are seeing Daddy in constant pain. We have been to the Emergency room atleast 5 times but he keeps getting sent home with more pain medication......any ideas on where we go from hereThanks so muchHiYou might like to have your husband checked for cealiac disease......I had similar symptoms my test returned non conclusive but doc told me to do the diet I felt heaps better but I also have a B12 defiency and it made me really sick inc really bad stomach and bowel problems not mention everything elseI would have him checked for this too ask for a B12 serum, MMA test,homocysteine test these are a must becuase they will show a defeciency even if the serum is normal and make sure you get a print out of all your results for tests as I was told mine were normal and they were in the low normal and i was presenting with severe symptoms at that stage 3 years later my serum was sooooo low at 130 the docs finally paid attention when I put my results together I was on a downslide for 5 years......Please get these tests done if they are normal nothing to loose but if not you need to treat it straight away and treatment is easy and inexpensive..........Good luck let us know how he gets onCheers
    Rainbows End 227 Replies
    • September 10, 2008
    • 01:21 PM
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