So, I'm 24 and just was diagnosed by capsule endoscopy. This all started basically because I was getting morbid hangovers from drinking. I would feel fine the next day until mid afternoon, only to be hit with a high fever, vomiting everything including water, and extreme fatigue for the next 24-48 hours. One day, the abdominal discomfort didnt go away and I got stuck with chronic constipation that cleared itself up after a month. Fast forward a year later, and suddenly the constipation returns and doesn't go away, and I'm left with constant bloating and general discomfort, so I went to a doctor and started this whole process.
I passed every single test except a capsule endoscopy without a hint of problems:
Total blood test
Crohns anti bodies
P&O, cryptosporidia, giardisis, and hookworm
All came up negative. No signs of inflammation, lesions, nothing.
Until the capsule endoscopy came back showing lesions in my jejunum.
I actually managed to take care of about
60% of the symptoms with a daily morning dose of Miralax, citrucel, and a probiotic (align) and I have a DBE coming up. I had been prescribed Pentasa, but it didnt help at all and made the constipation much worse, so I'll wait till after the biopsies to go back on it.
The only thing that worries me is that it took 7 hours for the pillcam to get to my large intestine (and I was told it should take about
half the time) and eating vegetables makes things much worse. Maybe this is all a result of slow peristalsis and the lesion is from alcohol/stool sitting in my small intestine for so long? Its so bizarre that I'm getting lesions without pain or bleeding.
Anyway, see for yourself; maybe someone here has seen something like this before.
So, for those of you going through hell with getting a diagnosis, don't give up!
Post Edited (nycguy101) : 8/26/2010 8:33:50 PM (GMT-6)