I'm a female 27, married with 3 kids.
Ever since I got my period at the age of 12 I began to experience severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. It always seemed to happen before my period started and would end a week later. The peak would be the first 2 days of my period. I would be on the toilet doubled over crying and puking from the pain.
One night in my teens it was bad, my period was not due for 2 weeks or so. Worse pain ever that I had experienced. I ate popcorn with garlic salt before bed. Told my mom as soon as i was hurting (midnight) told me acid reflux, get heating pad, sit up on the couch. No relieve. She came up and spent the night with me. With morning and no relieve it was time to go to ER, i couldn't stand up straight. "gastroenteritis" was their diagnoses. I had it happen again the following year, same diagnoses.( this all in NH where I grew up and now live again)
(moved to FL)I got pregnant at age 18 (by my now husband) the 1st trimester I experienced the same severe pain with water diarrhea. I did my normal thing, chug chug and chug the pink stuff. After I had my daughter, again same thing. Next pregnancy, the same exact thing. but my last pregnancy was different. 7 weeks into it I had same symptoms expect I was bleeding. Straight to the ER, with symptoms and consults UC was my diagnoses and I was treated for it. (all taking place in FL). I moved back home to NH. Colonoscopy and endonoscopy was done, confirmed again "mild" case of UC. I also had anxiety. Which was told made my "mild"...."severe"
I started college last year, week 2 flar up that never went away. Only comfort was my pain killers(switching between vicadin and percocet). (sulfazalazine, predisone tappering off and pain killers was treatment) Since it never went away for a year straight i was sent to a specialist with UC and chrones in boston...last Monday. His answer.....not enough evidence to say UC. His opinion, chrones or nero issue. Primary assured not nero. (thankfully) GI ordered me off all my meds treated UC, including pain killers.
I am now on Imodium 4mg 3x/daily and hyoscyamine sulfate .125 2x daily. I have not had a BM since, i cut out the middle dose of imodium. Still no BM, no pain though. POOF symptoms gone. I am feeling the sense of diarrhea but I don't actually go.
Old symptom came back though, harder then ever...anxiety. I'm taking my valiums for it.
GI is leaning towards chrones b/c of when he pushed in on my esophagus it hurt badly..but only when he pushed. During my flar ups of "UC" I always complained of pain in that exact area but dr's said it was nothing.
I guess I am just looking opinions (of course not taking as medical advice and to treat myself). Since his new scrips work and nothing else has...could it be Chrones? MRI scheduled for end of next month, it's gonna cost $$$$. (I posted this on the UC board too , to see what those diagnosed withUC think too) THANK YOU in advance!!! I feel so desprate to hear from other in my position...i feel so alone and helpless with my problem.