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Deb4Bama
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posted 11-27-1999 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Deb4Bama     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok - here's my story. Three months ago I was at work and developed sharp pains in mu upper right abdomen (just to right of navel all the way around to lower back). By the end of the day I had fever and nausea. My gallbaldder was removed 5 years ago so I knew it wasn't that. I ended up in the ER and they did a CT scan and bloodwork. Bloodwork revealed a white count of 18000 - all else normal. CT only showed constipation. I was admitted to rule out appendicitis. They did an upper GI. Normal.

The next day I was released. 3 weeks later same thing happened, only this time I also had a panic attack (well - I almost fainted and my heart went bonkers (I have MVP too)). I was admitted again and they did an endoscopy and colonoscopy, stool cultures and more bloodwork. All they claim to have found was a small hiatal hernia and mild colitis, which the doctor called IBS. He gave me Prevacid and Klonopin. I was discharged. Continued to have pain and went to Gastro specialists several more times for bloodwork to check my pancreas and liver. All normal.

Another attack a few days later and they went in and took out my appendix. It showed signs of "cirhosal (sp?) adhesions" but nothing else.

Had to go back to ER again this past Wednesday (3 weeks after appendectomy). Almost passed out at work again with severe upper abdominal pain. Had one very dark and hard bowel movement that AM(almost black). Had not been able to eat well for about 4 days. Had resorted to soup and Ensure Plus. They did another CT scan and more bloodwork. AGAIN, the CT showed severe constipation and inflammation. I was given "Go-Lyghtly (sp?) to drink that night, and told that my GI doctor was called and he said it was my IBS. I was advised to drink the GALLON and then Citrucel daily until I can get another appointment.

What in the heck could be going on?!?!?!?!? I have done everything they told me and here it is 4 days later and I still have pain. I also have chest pains and burning in my stomach. I DO NOT hurt in the pelvic area. Pain is approximately 3 inches to the right of my navel. A "deep" stabbing and burning pain. I also still have some mild nausea. My appetite is better but I AM AFRAID TO EAT!
I am having very loose watery stools with a lot of mucous. I assume this is due to the laxatives. I am SOOOOOO depressed.

I have dealt with loose stools/occasional constipation etc. for several years and learned to live with it. NEVER anything like this. I worried that maybe my bile duct was involved, but all bloodwork normal and no jaundice. This is really affecting me at work and I don't feel like doing anything anymore.

ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS APPRECIATED! I am gonna get ANOTHER appointment next week. I don't even know what to say to the doctor any more.

chrisseese
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posted 11-29-1999 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since they made you go through the torture of drinking the golytely, they should have scheduled you for a colonoscopy the next day. The pain you describe is very similar to the pain I have associated with my Crohn's. I would insist on having a colonoscopy done A.S.A.P. This should be done before settling on a diagnosis of IBS. It may very well be IBS though. I suffer from both IBS and Crohn's and neither one is very pleasant.

Let us know what you find out.

Christine

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