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Stomach really messed up

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 22, 2008
  • 06:51 AM

It all started about a year ago: It was Memorial Day weekend and I went to bed feeling like I had heartburn in my stomach. I woke up the next morning and was vomiting uncontrollablly. Two hours later it was accompanied by diarriah. This continued for over 8 hours until I finally went to the ER because not only would it not stop, the diarriah was bloody. The ER said it was either Girardia, E Coli or Salmonella. I was given Levaquin and sent home. But I never really got better.

For the next two months, I hardly ate. Coke was the only thing that I drank and often was the only thing that I would consume on a daily basis. Chicken noodle soup usually went down OK but often I had no appetite whatsoever. After eating anthing, I would usually feel extremely nauseaous, throw up, or have severe stomach pain that would make movement nearly impossible. Often times the heartburn that was in my stomach would also occur. Not all of this happened every time I ate but it was on a daily basis and I could get some or all of the symptoms.

I was hosptialized in late July for a week. They were thinking it was my gallbladder but there were no gallstones, the hydascan was clean as were the CT and MRI and ultrasound. My appendix was fine, and an endoscopy showed no abnormalities. The only remarkable item was that I had a slightly long gastric emptying time, but nothing that was of concern to the doctors. I was eventually diagnosed with IBS since they could find no other answers. After over four months of various mediciatons for the symptoms, nothing ever really helped so we stopped treatment.

I was told by a friend to try the Celiac diet for a month which helped somewhat but not enough to really make me want to continue with it.

It's been a year now and I deal with some or all of the following on a daily basis:

Severe, sharp pain (ALWAYS DAILY) from my actual stomach down through to the pelvic region.
Nausea, usually after eating
"Heartburn" in my stomach region
Pain when my abdomen is touched
Exhaustion after 12 hours of sleep

One other remarkable thing is this: a few weeks before the 'poisioning' last May, I passed out in the shower. After the poisioning event, it happened about 20 times over the course of three months. I wouldn't completely go unconscious but I would end up lying on the floor and saw black. It still comes and goes but is not nearly as severe.

Any help would be much appreciated! In conclusion the following tests have also been run and come back clean:
Celiac pannel (twice)

Thanks for any help you might be able to provide! I just want the pain to stop!

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