I've been to one Internist but she was a real "Hippy" and didn't want to treat any of this. She said I needed to let things "run their natural course" and modify my diet. She tried to blame my weight on all of it. As far as the hosptial, been there a lot in the last 6 months. I'm always dehydrated now because I can't keep anything down. They always set-up an IV and give me fluids and send me packing with a few pills. I've never heard of "lactaided ringers " before. I've never been tested for crohn's or anything. My symtoms were checked and they said it was IBS and triggered by stress but this last time they said they thought I might have Crohn's but without proper testing there was no way to be sure about it and with the state I was in it seemed like a bit much to put me through testing that may be unecessary. I don't have health insurance or a regular doctor so doing any follow-up has been impossible for me. I don't know what to do. I'm at the end of my rope. I don't know if I could go to an urgent care because like I said I don't have insurance. My only option is the hospital because they will send me a bill I can make payments.
I've never been scoped as I said to Gracie they didn't want to push last time I was in for any further testing. I always have diarrhea, this time it is pretty bad. As for tests they said that you could just as easily go through symptoms to diagnose IBS as well as doing the Iodine testing. I don't know, just hoping that there is something else I can do besides making things worse with medical testing, scopes and anymore pain inflicted...
I'm sorry you are enduring all this. It sounds miserable. You definitely need a colonoscopy at least, especially if you are having constant diarrhea. Where do you live? Do you qualify for Medicaid? Most hospitals can put you on a payment plan so you wouldn't have to put up a bunch of money up front...have you asked the hospital business office about this?
I too have very bad stints with this thing (not sure what it is, either) where I'll have profuse, watery diarrhea more than 20 times a day. Occasionally have required IV fluids/hospitalization as well. It sucks, I know.
In the meantime, while you figure out what to do (and how to pay for it), there are a few things you might want to try: there's an anti-diarrheal medication called Lomotil that is functionally similar to Immodium but may be easier for you to tolerate. Also anti-spasmodics such as dicyclomine or hyoscyamine provide some people with relief. Have you kept a food diary? Have you tried drinking some lactose-free Ensure? It can be easier to tolerate than food when you're having the really bad days.
While you are so dehydrated, you absolutely must keep drinking - I always recommend Gatorade diluted by half with water, or Pedialyte.
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