A bezoar??? Isn't that like, from Harry Potter?

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Chasblah
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   Posted 9/4/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally saw my GI Dr. yesterday about my nausea symptoms and he thinks I might have a bezoar.

So I racked my brain to figure out where I had hear that term before. OH YEAH! It's from Harry Potter. But I could not remember exactly what it was, so I asked to explain.

He said it's kind of like a hairball. (jeez, i am around animals way too much and now i'm turning into one!)
But not a hairball (well, most of the time).
It's a big clump of stuff (hopefully food, because....YUCK) that is now stuck in your GI tract somewhere-most of the time, stomach.
It can partially block the flow and digestion of food, causing stretching and nausea and possibly obstruction. And meanwhile, slowing down my gut motility.
Gross! so, now i have a food ball hanging around my insides.
That's what i'm being treated for. I gotta take enzymes at every meal to help break it down.
It can be caused by a virus. But you see, only i would get that side effect of the stomach flu. eyes

If I feel better in two weeks, woo hoo, that's what it was. If I don't, I have to have another EGD.
The other differentials were not so great.

I'm hoping it is just a bezoar. That's a really fun word to say tongue

btw: in HP, a bezoar is a stomach stone from a goat that Harry forgot to put in one of his potions. He can have mine. smilewinkgrin
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


pepperann27
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   Posted 9/5/2009 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
actually its the stone that when Ron got poisoned Harry put it in his mouth to save his life.
Its in the harry potter movie that's out now "Half blood prince"
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/5/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I can relate. Our German Shepherd sheds so much hair that when I had a blockage a few months ago, I joked around and said that it was caused by a giant hairball! tongue

Hope you feel better soon!
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


jujub
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   Posted 9/5/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Bezoars can also result when someone takes a lot of fiber, either in food or as supplements, and doesn't drink enough water.

Aren't our digestive systems just amazingly troublesome sometimes?
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Chasblah
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   Posted 9/5/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
oh yeah pepperann. i remember now!

i think i drink enough water, but i probably don't. i've never been a big drinker.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


BonBon55
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/18/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Chassity,
I was searching for information on Bezoars and found you post and enjoyed it!!
I had an upper endoscopy and found I have a large bezoar. I thought it was silly until I read up on it. Now a little bit stressed as it appears they don't go away. I noticed you were given enzymes to take. I was prescribed that and a few other Rxs but they seem to have pretty bad side effects so right now I am taking only the enzymes until I can talk to my doctor.

I'd love to compare notes with you and see how you are making out with yours. Thanks for your post - it cheered me up and I needed that.
Barb
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