Oh no! Sarita, I am so sorry you were in so much pain. You were doing so well too. You didn't make your way to the ER? What could have happened... did you eat something that didn't agree with you? Could you have diverticulosis? What about appendicitis? All I can say is that at least you didn't have accompanied D. I would think that in itself seems a bit strange for you. With all the excitement going on with you lately, could it be stress induced?
I wish I had answers for you. Poor Sarita. Please let us know how the doc visit goes.
Well, that appointment took all of 10 minutes. I described the symptoms and he said that I'll probably never know what is causing it. Because it only happens sporadically, and because the pain is located in a place where there's no possibility of blockages/twisting/etc. He really had no idea. Said maybe it was muscle spasms.
At least I don't think he billed me for that visit!
I'm going to talk to my nurse practitioner; maybe she'll at least be able to give me something for the pain the next time it happens...
Yee gads, I think I'm doomed again to be a diarrhea monster for a while again. This whole week I've been a garden hose. For crying out loud, do I need to be on Flagyl for the rest of my life???
Sorry for my ranting. I'm just frustrated! I've been to the bathroom three times in 15 minutes. It sounds like I'm pouring a glass of water in the toilet (jeez, do I have to be so graphic all the time?)!
I haven't tried valium for muscle spasms, canyonbabe...maybe I should. I've always ended up with a combo of morphine/demerol in the ER and when I'm at home I usually take a vicodin, but all that does is make me feel like I'm in outer space.
It's just crazy today, since noon (three hours ago, Alaska time) I've probably been about 20 times. I'm now having clear liquid movements. Feeling pretty cruddy in general, dizzy and lightheaded despite drinking tons of Gatorade. I had some acid reflux issues this morning and took Mylanta, so at first I thought it was a side effect of that, but the side effect profile does not include diarrhea (on the contrary - it says constipation is most likely).
I called the on-call resident at my nurse practitioner's office. I don't know whether I should try some Immodium or keep pushing fluids or both or what.
Not only that, but I'm having a meeting for all my employees in two hours that I have to be here for, so I can't leave work!
Have they checked for gall stones lodged in the bile duct? Or if the bile duct is wide enough? I know that after I had my gallbladder out, I too felt great...then one day, while driving across the sunshine skyway bridge in florida, I had an attack so bad that I thought I would break the steering wheel in half. Turns out that I still had gall stones forming only in the bile duct because the duct was not wide enough. It was bad enough of an attack to cause jaundice and I was off work for 4 weeks...then when I went back to work, a couple of weeks later, I had another attack and went back to the doc to get it taken care of pronto. They did an ERCP (for the life of me I don't know what it is called in full) but it's a camera that goes down the throat and looks at the bile duct...they can also remove stones and widen the duct at the same time...That was the single most wonderful thing I ever had done! and I was not even aware of what they were doing! It's outpatient and usually you can go home the same day...they give you valium though and I'm incredibly sensitive to valium so they kept me over night because I was pretty much out of it.
Sorry to be so long winded, but, I thought it might help.
Oh my goodness, I can't believe you have been in the bathroom that much. My bum was so sore after going about 20-30 times when I was prepping... I can't imagine how yours must be.
***Here's to Immodium!!***
How's Adam handling things?Hang in there, Sarita. Hopefully the Flagyl will do the trick for the next several months. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the Flagyl not to make you feel too crummy. Good luck! And keep us posted... we're here for you.\0/\0/\0/
I actually did have amoebic dysentery when I was in Africa. A lot of the symptoms I'm experiencing are the same; the only difference is that I don't always get them at the same time, like I did in Africa. While I was there, my fever would reach 104, the abdominal cramps would be intense, the diarrhea was constant, and sometimes I'd vomit for good measure. Now, everything is so intermittent, and I rarely have a temp over 101. Plus, if I were still infected with amoebas, something would have likely shown up on my liver MRI or a CT scan, but nothing has.
Yesterday I had a lot of diarrhea and noticed more blood. Usually if I see blood it's pretty clear it's just from my bum being sore, but yesterday there was quite a bit more. I think I am going to see the new GI. My sister (a family doc) said offhand in an e-mail that all this treatment with Flagyl may not necessarily be such a good idea, but she didn't say why.
I really don't want to start medical school with any of these problems, yikes. Although the nurse practitioner said that when I do go, I'd probably get lots of interest from my professors and fellow med students, since they like knowing all the "weird stuff!"