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caligirl2001
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   Posted 9/24/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an appointment at a gastroenterologists office today for my stomach pain. Not looking forward to it, but then again, my recent doctor experiences have been less than positive, so I guess that is to be expected. And I just realized it is with a nurse practitioner, so I'm not sure if it is just a screening or what the purpose is now. I guess I will find out in about an hour and a half! I wish I could have a more positive attitude, but the closer the appointment gets, the more anxious I feel. I can feel myself just wanting to cry already, which is my typical anxiety response. Which of course makes me look like a nut case and impedes getting my point across. I just want someone to give me some answers. There has to be an answer somewhere for at least some of this incredible pain, right? I am so tired of being treated like I can't possibly know anything about what my body is trying to tell me.

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   Posted 9/24/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Caligirl,

I think it's normal for most people to be a bit nervous and anxious when seeing a new doctor or even just going to a doctors appointment not knowing if you will get answers or not! I know i used to get excited going to doctors because i always thought of it as another opportunity for my life to be normal and to fix this, but as i was dissapointed everytime, i now just get nervous and anxious each time still with hope but also knowing i could be dissapointed again! Most gastroenterologists are very thorough and even if he/she can't help you they will normally have more ideas for you and can often find you a doctor that will help you figure out whats going on!

You will get answers eventually, Not sure how long you have had this? Medicine is so black and white, if you don't have textbook symptoms they assume there can't be anything wrong!! But if you keep finding different doctors and trying things, you will get answers :) hopefully even if they don't have an immediate diagnosis they can do something to ease the pain!!

Wish you the best of luck, praying you get some help and answers!!

Hugs,

Jess.
15 years old,
Chronic stomach pain with no diagnosis yet and lots of other things.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

MsBunky
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   Posted 9/24/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Grief Buttercup, are you sure you're only 15?? That was a lovely and insightful response and far more mature than I would expect from most teenagers. Dealing with chronic pain sure makes you grow up fast, doesn't it!?

Caligirl, I know you are feeling quite stressed, but hopefully the anticipation of getting some answers will help you. Deep breaths and calming thoughts will help. I hope it goes well; I"m praying for you!

hugs,
Pam
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caligirl2001
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   Posted 9/25/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to both of you. :) No answers yet of course, but she was nice. They want to do an endoscopy and abdominal ultrasound. Pretty standard stuff. Confirmation that I have likely developed a serious dairy allergy, but that is not the cause of my stomach pain since eliminating dairy has not eliminated the pain. At least she didn't dismiss it as simple heartburn like my primary tried to.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin

couchtater
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   Posted 9/25/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
You'll sleep like a baby throught the endo. I don't even remember mine. I fell asleep after the injection and woke up back in the room asking for Dr. Pepper and falling asleep again.
Joy

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   Posted 9/26/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Well atleast she is investigating more, and hopefully it might show something (hopefully something easily fixable so you can get on with life) good luck and keep us posted :) :)
15 years old,
Chronic stomach pain with no diagnosis yet and lots of other things.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/26/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like your appointment went well...good luck on the endoscopy..
Keep us posted, you'll know in about 2/3 weeks after the endoscopy about the results..
it's always hard waiting for the results...
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   Posted 9/26/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
caligirl2001
 
The endoscopy is a good diagnostic test,  it gives the doctor a first hand look at the inside of your stomach, who knows maybe you might have an ulcer or something? I know way back in my younger days I was having allot of stomach problems, and they did the scope, and sure enough I had a duodenal ulcer and that was back before they treated ulcers with antibiotics.  They use to think stomach ulcers was all caused by stress and diet. But now days they know better than that!!  According to Mayo Clinic they say in their article on stomach ulcers: ("  Although stress and spicy foods were once thought to be the main causes of peptic ulcers, doctors now know that the cause of most ulcers is the corkscrew-shaped bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). ") and now they treat ulcers with antibiotics and acid blockers and antiacids. The ultra sound is also a very good test, as it can show the doctor allot, especially with the structure of the stomach.  There are so many things that can cause your stomach pain, it is really good that your doctor is taking it seriously and following up to find out what is really going on, and causing your stomach pain. I sure hope that they can diagnose it quickly, and it is something easy to fix! 
 
I do wish you well, and good luck to you with those test.
 
White Beard
 
P.S. The Endoscope it a breeze couchtater has it about right, I don't remember very much about it, they sprayed my mouth and throat with something and then injected something into the IV an next thing I knew I was being woke up, and it was all over with.
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