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Concerned about GI symptoms - Suggestions?

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  • Posted By: WilliamReuben
  • September 9, 2008
  • 00:25 AM

My husband started feeling ill about 2 months ago. He had some frank blood in his stool with abdominal pain and cramps, mostly upon awakening in the morning. He had diarrhea in the morning, but felt constipated and bloated in the afternoons. He felt very nauseated during the day. Our family doctor also found occult blood in his stool.

His H. Pylori test was negative. His pancreatic enzymes were within normal limits. A CBC and chemistry panel were normal. An abdominal ultrasound was negative. He had a colonoscopy and endoscopy, which were both negative, except from some internal hemorrhoids, which I guess account for the blood in his stool. He is still having problems with diarrhea and nausea in the morning, along with a lot of fatigue. He has lost about 15 pounds in 2 months, without any real efforts at dieting.

Now, I'm starting to have the same symptoms. I'm waking up nauseated. I'm having intermittent abdominal pain, mostly on the right side, and have diarrhea in the morning. I have a lot of heartburn. No blood in my stool. I'm not pregnant - last menstrual period ended last week, plus we have a document infertility issue. I have not been in to see my family doctor yet, as I just started having this problem over the weekend.

My husband and I don't typically eat any of the same things (I'm vegetarian and he is not), so I doubt a food source could be the issue. We also don't drink tap water. We do eat out a lot, so I'm wondering about the possibility of Hepatitis A.

We got a new kitten about a month ago, who was diagnosed with roundworms, so I also wonder if that's a possibility, but my husband insists he was feeling bad before the kitten came into our home.

Our family doctor and the gastroenterologist seem to have nothing left to offer my husband. I'm afraid they'll do all the same things for me, too, and we'll be no further along.

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