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An array of life-interfering symptoms

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  • Posted By: sunlit
  • May 22, 2008
  • 01:29 PM

Let me start by saying I am a 29 year old female, 5'10" weight 140 lbs. Until last year I was physically active and exercised regularly. I will first list my symptoms and then what's been done medically.

I have chronic inflammation of the abdomen. It is accompanied by generalized pain and cramping, as well as pain in the left lower quadrant. It is also accompanied by general tenderness. Sometimes the swelling is aggravated by eating, sometimes by any movement that involves my abdominal muscles (i.e. running the vacuum cleaner, lifting laundry basket). Also, I can no longer do even a few sit-ups without having aggravated levels of pain for several days.
I have fatigue levels that go from a feeling of over-tiredness, to having a lot of difficulty getting out of bed and staying awake all day. My fatigue is accompanied by moderate to severe joint pain and muscle aches. At times I feel as though I am bruised all over my body. The joints in my hands and feet visibly swell, often with redness.
I have episodes of rectal bleeding that usually last 3 days or so, with bright red blood.
I have irritable bowel symptoms. I have a hard time digesting any type of meat. I also cannot take liquid vitamins (such as vitamin E) without squeezing the substance out of the gelcap. If I do not, and instead swallow the gelcap, I wind up with sharp pains throughout my abdomen for hours afterward. I have a significantly decreased appetite due to an almost constant feeling of fullness.
I went nearly a year without menses. I was late to start menstration, and I always had a somewhat irregular schedule, but normally would have heavy cycles, and sometimes multiple cycles within one month.

What's been done:
I've had a full GI workup, including GERD, colonoscopy, and various gallbladder tests. My gallbladder operates at about 33% effectiveness, but my GI doctor advised me that removing it would solve little, if any, of my problems. As far as the other tests they showed only mild gastritis.
I've had a uterine biopsy, which showed no abnormalities. I am currently seeing an OBGYN who plans on doing a colposcopy and an abdominal ultrasound. I've had a few ultrasounds already which showed "prominent uterus and ovaries".
Naturally, I've had several CBC's and other blood tests, checking for levels of important blood components. All came back within normal limits.

I am basically in search of ideas as to what this could all mean? I don't know if I ask too much or not.
Thank you for reading this far. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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