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Chloe
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posted 01-05-1999 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chloe   Click Here to Email Chloe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am still struggling, not getting any better at all, perhaps worse.

I had a sigmoidoscopy recently and showed all to be "normal" except for the diverticuli that are there (but were not infected as of Dec. 23rd).
Bleeding hemmhroids are also present. Now here's the hitch. I have CONSTANT abdominal pain and pressure, feeling like I need to urinate all the time! I drink TONS of water but when I urinate, it's usually not very much. I suffer from constipation and get headaches and my doctor recommended I take Milk of Magnesia to help with that. It gives me diarrhea and I get dehydrated. I had my urine checked, normal but concentrated, and now the doctor thinks I might be fighting off a new recurrence of diverticulitis so has me on Augmentin. I continue to have abdominal pain and feel the pressure to urinate. What's the deal? My doctor is booked until January l3th and so I'm in limbo until then living on Augmentin and pain pills (Prioixyphene). I also take Luvox once a day and Clindinium as needed for pain. I am so drugged up, I hate it. My tummy is bloated but I am eating nextdoor to nothing!! Any ideas what could be going on? My gastroenterologist just says "stay with your medications" but this doesn't seem to be an answer. I've been on the Augmentin since January lst and still having pain and pressure. Any diet recommendations or should I insist I see my doctor sooner? When I called him on January lst (his holiday) he acted "put out" by me pestering him so I ended up in the emergency room to get help with the pain - the E.R. doctor put me on Augmentin and tested my urine. He called my regular doctor and told him what was going on. I am not a regular nusiance patient, calling constantly asking for medications, etc.! I am an intelligent, well educated, well dressed, clean and responsible woman! I am not the type of patient who is dirty, irresponsible or stupid. Maybe it's just the HMO dilemma and my doctor's frustration of not being able to "cure" me. I could use any advice or opinion. Many thanks.

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musem
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posted 01-05-1999 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for musem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chloe:
This is a stretch, but you weren't taking any cold medications, such as chlortrimetron, before you came down with this were you? Have you tried stopping the luvox? Side effects can be constipation and flatus.
It's interesting that Luvox is fluvoxamine maleate. When my daughter was 5 or so, she couldn't take chlortrimeton, which is chlorpheniramine maleate. She also couldn't take brompheniramine maleate. They made her retain urine. She simply couldn't go. I don't know that luvox is a relative of chlortrimeton. Probably not, but it's worth thinking about.

Look, you're miserable, and you're being put off. Why not just call the doctor's office, and give them the riot act just the way you posted it? If he still won't see you, call your regular physician, tell him what's happening, and see if he can either persuade the GI doc to help, or get another GI doc. The way you describe it, this is just inhumane!

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posted 01-05-1999 11:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chloe, try drinking cranberry juice, its a really good diuretic, it will help with your urinating problem.

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BobJ
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posted 01-06-1999 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobJ   Click Here to Email BobJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chloe,

It certainly sounds like it's time for you to get more agressive with the medical folks and insist that they pay attention to you. It may be more a matter of finding the right doctor(s) more than insisting to your current one(s).

In any case, and in agreement with musem, give them the riot act or find someone (quickly) who will work with you and help you help yourself.

You represent yourself and your condition very accurately and emphatically in your post - now go do that with the medical folks. Let us know how it goes...BJ

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Chloe
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posted 01-06-1999 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chloe   Click Here to Email Chloe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been "maintaining" ok for the past few days. My IBS is more on the "constipated" side so my efforts lately have been towards eating foods to get my colon to work more productively without the use of laxatives which I have become dependent upon over many years. So, raisins, shredded wheat and toast are my friends. I am avoiding dairy, chocolate (darn) and meat. I am taking vitamins, potassium supplement, and trying to get by. I drink alot of water daily as well. My colon, basically, has quit working on me and I don't know if I will ever be able to get it back to functioning again properly. (I still have daily abdominal pain, etc.) I am still not seeing the doctor until the l3th. I am just hanging tough. Thanks!

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musem
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posted 01-07-1999 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for musem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chloe:
All the best to you. My episode that started on Sunday a few hours after eating Italian food got worse today, and I missed work. I don't know if I am in sympathy with you, but my bowels have just about shut down, and I'm getting pain just under my diaphram. I'm still dizzy and groggy, passing gas and everythings getting hard. I'm seeing my regular GP tomorrow to figure out what to do next.

bob

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