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Anachronic
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/21/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone, just stumbled on this site today, sorry for the long read but here's my story.

On July 10th, I got a stomach bug, virus, whatever you wanna call it from my cousin and we both had the same symptoms and everything so I'm pretty positive this is where it all started. She was better within 3 days, I however was plagued with continuous diarrhea for just about 3 weeks altogether.

On the 28th, the diarrhea with mucous, nausea, severe abdominal pain, fatigue, and severe panic attacks took me to the ER. From there they discovered my potassium was low (no wonder i was tired!) I was given IV potassium and oral potassium, fluids, an abdominal x-ray (nothing irregular) and sent home. Well to make the story shorter, over that next week I was in the ER 3 more times, once for vomiting(the only time I've thrown up throughout all of this) a small amount of blood which the doctor suggested was a ruptured blood vessel from retching so hard. I lost 11 pounds in 4 days from not being able to eat. Other times I went in for the severe nausea and stabbing pain (plus my anxiety disorder doesn't help this situation.) They did blood tests and a urinalysis which were both normal. They didn't do any other tests which I'm pretty mad about- I think they thought it was mostly in my head.

Well after a course of Flagyl, Lomotil, and Reglan (which seemed to help) I saw a GI specialist who suggested that my problems were maybe coming from a lingering bacterial or viral infection, but because I was feeling pretty much back to normal at the time he suggested I take it easy and see what happens if anything comes up give him a call.

Well here we go again...it started about 4 days ago with a random, stabbing pain in my lower left quadrant that comes and goes sporadically. Then today I wake up with a weird aching in my upper right quadrant. I've had no nausea but I've had diarrhea with mucous twice today. I'm curious whether this sounds like IBS to some of you. Is it possible for IBS to present itself after a bout of gastroenteritis?

This is all so frustrating because I won't have insurance on the 27th of this month until October 1st. I'm feeling helpless and worried, but trying to keep my stress under control. Just wondering if maybe this is the start of something like IBS? Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thanks for taking the time to read through!

finallyfree
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   Posted 8/21/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Anachronic,

You might want to have your dr check you for the c difficile infection.  This will cause abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, etc.  Flagyl will take care of it but it can come back and sometimes need to be treated with vancomycin.  If you have this and need to be treated with the vanco, you need to see your dr right away because when I had it I needed the tapered dose of vanco and it cost over $8000.

I hope you don't have it and that you feel better soon, but please talk to your dr about it because you can become extremely ill if you do have it.

Judy


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


berkeley
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   Posted 8/21/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
hi anachronic, also have them check your liver as i have a friend who had similar symptoms and after 2 years, they found it was liver trouble.

Anachronic
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   Posted 8/21/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much for your responses. I wish my insurance wasn't about to end! There's probably no possible way for me to get checked for these things in 6 days but I'm gonna try!

What kind of problems did your friend have with their liver, berkeley? Just an infection or what?

And finallyfree, thanks for the input! Hoping that's not my problem but you never know...

finallyfree
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/21/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Anachronic,

For the c diff, you just need three separate stool samples and the lab will have the results in 24 to 48 hours.  You might not even need 3 samples but I needed 3 for my last check to make sure I didn't have it again.  If you call your dr on Mon you should have enough time if you can give the samples that day & he does a stat order; that way your ins. will still be in effect.

Judy


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


Anachronic
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 8/22/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Ugh just woke up and had bright yellow diarrhea twice now with severe abdominal pain like right where my stomach is, also woke up feeling nauseous confused I'm wondering if I should go to the ER and get them to do the tests so I can figure this out today, I'm scared about not having insurance for a month with this problem whatever it may be. cry

Post Edited (Anachronic) : 8/22/2009 9:16:18 AM (GMT-6)

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