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Gerd, possible IBS & female symptoms?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 13, 2007
  • 05:35 PM

Ok, so here’s what’s been going on. About a year ago, in March of 2006 I was having symptoms of an UTI (frequent urination, burning with urination etc). Seen a doctor, who insisted that she test for STD’s as well as perform a PAP, all of which came back negative. A month later I returned to the same doctor with the same symptoms, which had become worse. She then gave me a three day antibiotic and sent me home when urinalysis showed blood in my urine. The symptoms persisted and again a month later I was looking for another doctor because after three months with that one, she hadn’t done anything.
Shortly after leaving that office I was taken into urgent care where another urinalysis was performed and blood was again in my urine. There was also mention of a slightly elevated white blood cell count. Again I was given an antibiotic which made no difference. During these visits I didn’t have insurance, so it was difficult for me to see a doctor. By the time I was taken into urgent care, I applied and was approved for state medical assistance, which only seemed to make things even more difficult as I was having a hard time finding any doctors that would see me.
Finally I found another doctor, by this time I had had these symptoms for about 4 or 5 months, along with several others. I still had the frequent urination and burning, but my periods were becoming increasingly abnormal and I was swelling around my left hip. By the time I hit the six month mark majority of the urinary symptoms had subsided, but they were replaced with other symptoms such as swelling in my left hip, hip and leg pain as well as lower back pain. I was having sudden pains from my right side down into the pelvic region which would go as fast as they came on. I also started getting severely bloated when I ate which was causing me to not eat as much because I was feeling fuller faster. By six months these symptoms had worsened, I lost about 15 pounds (I’ve been at 98 for as long as I can remember) which I’ve only gained about 8-10 back.
During that six month period I was finally sent for an U/S of my lower left abdomen, as well as a pelvic etc. Everything seemed fin with the exception of having several ovarian cysts in both ovaries. The doctors wrote my problems off as being caused by the cysts, however the symptoms persisted even though an U/S about a month later showed no cysts whatsoever, only some fluid. Back to square one again.
Since then U/S show nothing, come fluid in the cul-de-sac, but otherwise nothing. Xray of my left hip showed up nothing abnormal. Hormone levels came back normal, PAP was normal etc. Urine samples still show blood for some reason.
My Ob/Gyn attempted an endometrial biopsy which she wasn’t able to perform due to the opening being too narrow, so she instructed me to see a GI doctor. Had the appointment with the GI doctor who immediately sent me for an EGD and Colonoscopy. Went for the EGD and Colonoscopy yesterday and have already been told that I have Gerd and possibly IBS. The GI doctor also said they had to fill my bowel with air because there was kink in it that he couldn’t get the instrument through (Talk about painful afterwards). I’ll have to wait until Friday, Monday at the latest, before I can find out anything from those biopsies.
Now I’m confused… how did I go from having everything start because of the cysts, to having those disappear and the symptoms get worse? What’s with the kink in the bowel that he mentioned… wouldn’t something like that have been there since birth?

Has anyone had problems and/or symptoms like this?

I’ve also made other posts on here regarding my other symptoms which is labeled “UTI's, Ovarian Cysts and L.Q.Abdominal Swelling” if anyone wants to read more. I’ve had a problem with the ovarian cysts in the past, but nothing like what I’ve been going through this past year. Also, in this past year I’ve started developing lumps, the first of which was in my right breast. I had a biopsy done on that and it came back as Fibroadenoma. Since the biopsy I found another smaller lump near the first, as well as one under my chin. None of these things were a problem prior to this last year, which makes it very concerning for me. Like I said, this has been going on for a year now and gets worse with every passing day, but doctors don’t’ seem to be as concerned as I am, which is only adding insult to injury.


Anyone else experiencing anything like this or is it just me?

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  • Research Liver Qi Stagnation. I would give you the link, but that would make my message be delayed by a moderator ( for revision).Liver Qi Stagnation explains this very very common pattern of disease.You probably wonder what has the liver to do with your period? In Oriental Medicine the liver is understood as to be in charge of cleaning the blood from hormones. It is also in charge of blood irrigation. This pattern is often misunderstood by Western Doctors.It can be corrected! Take Care.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 05:52 PM
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  • Thanks for that tidbit of info. I read what I could find on Liver Qi Stagnation, which appears to be the same thing as a congested liver and would in fact explain how all my symptoms are connected to one another, but how does one go about getting tested to know for sure?When all my problems started, there were a few problems which I thought were connected to my hormones (hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, lack of sex drive etc), however doc says my hormones are fine. There were blood tests done before I went into have the EGD & Colonoscopy yesterday, however I don’t know if anything was tested with regards to the liver or not. There’s also a history of gallbladder problems in my family as well as digestive problems and female problems. Yesterday I was told that yes, I do have Gerd (which would explain a few of my symptoms, but not all) which I still don’t fully understand being that my symptoms have only been for the last year, nothing to speak of prior to that, at least nothing like I’ve been going through.I just can’t help but to feel like there’s more going on than I or even the doctors realize and it’s starting to concern me, especially where the reproductive organs are concerned as I’ve never had children, but would like to eventually. My biggest fear is that their so concerned with one aspect that their ignoring everything as the whole (if that makes any sense).Anyway, thanks again for the info, it’s something I’m going to discuss with my doctor just for giggles… see if I get any further than I have so far. Thanks again and please feel free to suggest anything else you think may be useful.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 00:20 AM
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  • When you visit a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, they know how to evaluate you. He/she will take the "pulse" of your organs and she/he will look at your tongue.A DOM knows to treat a patient before the problems emerge to the level in which they are visible by blood test.Try to google what foods and activities are good for the Liver Qi and also google an acupuncturist in your area. I feel that moderate turmeric/Indian spicy food and ginger tea really relieves the symptoms.My acupuncturist is also a register nurse, and that gives me peace of mind. I can talk to her openly about women reproductive health and my period . She is very soothing and cares about all my observations.Wish you the best.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 01:16 AM
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  • Ovarian cysts can go away on their own, which will explain why you had them and than didn't. You know a lot of your symptoms belong to endometriosis- the IBS and gyno together are common to endo. Was your doctor trying to get the endometrial byopsy to determin this? I know they will do exploratory laproscopic surgery to confirm endometriosis and will remove the overgrown tissue if it causes a lot of trouble.
    pumibel 42 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 07:45 PM
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  • Yeah, I’m familiar with the cysts; they’ve been a problem before. But for the past year there’s been other thing’s going on that I’ve never experienced before, which is what has me concerned.On my visit to the Ob/Gyn, she had tried to perform the endometrial biopsy because I’ve been passing tissue, or something of that nature. It never happened before, but started the beginning of last year. During that time it was more of like a cinnamon like looking grit. It wasn’t painful, and in fact took me sometime to figure out exactly where it was coming from because during that time I was also having symptoms of what I thought was a UTI (from past experience). The doctor I was seeing though didn’t do anything; I didn’t have insurance and couldn’t go anywhere else. I returned a month later when the symptoms worsened and she finally gave me an antibiotic and the symptoms somewhat subsided. In the meantime it went from a cinnamon colored grit, to slightly bigger snow-white “clots” (they’ve been present still and that’s why the Ob/Gyn wanted to do the Endometrial biopsy) and my period was becoming irregular. After that I was able to get some help with the medical bills and was able to see another doctor. They all gave urine tests, they all found blood in my urine, made mention of a high white blood cell count and dehydration. Nothing really came of any of it. The end of summer I was put on my husbands insurance and seen another doctor who finally sent me to an Ob/Gyn. She did an annual, everything was fine and I was given more BC pills. Been on the pills this whole time, which seems to only make thing’s worse. Once a month I go through bouts of excessive pain, which seems to be primarily with ovulation. Period hits and watch out! It’s terrible. I still developed the cysts because nothing was noted to start, but a UTI showed several in both ovaries, which later appeared to have ruptured (doc said there was some fluid is all).What has me concerned is when it started; about March/April of 2006 it was mainly just frequent urination and burning with urination. A month later, the same thing, only slightly worse. From the time it started until approximately June or July I lost 15lbs and was swollen around my left hip (when I look down I can barely see the left hip bone, whereas the right is well defined and looking into the mirror it appears that the left hip bone is also higher than the right. Got doc to send me for an x-ray, which also showed nothing). I’m a naturally tiny person, only about 5’2 and 98lbs, which I’ve weighed for as long as I can remember. Doctors have always said that I have a high metabolism and that’s why I can’t gain weight (I’ve never weighed over 100 and I’m 29, but the doctors say that there’s nothing wrong). I’ve also went from eating throughout the day, to barely eating at all. I get full real quick, and immediately start swelling as I’m eating (which I’m guessing is what makes me feel full to begin with). So basically nothing has changed since this all started last year, there’s just more symptoms now. So it has me concerned since I’ve never had majority of these symptoms in the past, they’ve all come on suddenly and quickly. The GI doctor saying I had Gerd makes sense, with a few of my symptoms, but I still don’t understand how it wasn’t a problem prior to this last year.I’ve had minor stomach problems in the past. For years I couldn’t eat bacon or eggs because I would get bad stomach cramps, but I eventually just grew out of it because those things haven’t been a problem for years. However, I’ve always had bouts of heartburn, so that could have been the only symptom I was having.What I also don’t get is I feel that it is Endometriosis, the doctor must have at least had the thought, so why send me to the GI specialist instead of trying something else?I haven’t been happy with the Ob/Gyn, so I called and got referred to another one, who I’ll get to see this Friday. In the meantime it’s more sit and wait. Should have the results from the EGD & Colonoscopy done Monday on Friday… hopefully.Also, the doctor told my husband that there was a kink in my bowel and he had to put in extra air to straighten it out because he couldn’t get through it. Does that mean it’s “fixed”, so to speak? Wouldn’t it have had to have always been that way, it doesn’t just suddenly kink on it own does it? Sorry so long... can't seem to keep these thing's short no matter how hard I try. LOL
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
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  • Hi, sorry to here all the problems you are going through. I have gone through most of these problems myself. I have Muscular Distrophy and it has really took a toll on me. My bowles quit on me. It is going on a yesr now since they quit. The doctors tried every med possible. They were only bloating me. I now have to use a bag enima every other day. I just got out of the hospital because of my bladder giving my problems. I now have to use a catheter every day to release me. I had blood in my urine for a while till they finally found some fibroids and I to have had cysts on my ovaries. I would also check from when you first went to the doctors on your problems a while back, do some research on all the medicine you were given. Alot of meds can cause alot of problems to accure in different places when they were not a problem before. I wish you luck and keep you in my prayers.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 05:17 PM
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