My son has exactly the same symptoms. He has been in the er four times in the last three months. He has nausea almost all of the time and shortness of breath on the days when he throws up. He has no appetite. The throwing up can last as long as 14 hours. CT scans and X-rays revealed little. Blood and fecal tests revealed no infections or parasites. He is about
to have a double air high contrast CT to look for a polyp that could be causing a narrowing in the small intestine. If that does not show anything, he will have a colonoscopy to examine the large intestine. Blockages happen when food cannot fit through narrowing anywhere in your intestines. Narrowing can happen from polyps (usually benign) or scarring. Blockages cause nausea and sometimes throwing up for many hours. Culprits can be mushrooms, cheese, fruits, raw vegies, nuts--just about
anything that takes longer to digest. Stick to easy to digest foods until your GI can do more tests. The best diet guideline for this that I like is at the Mayo Clinic website. It is called a low residue diet. My son now takes Zofran for the nausea. It stops the nausea within 20 to 30 minutes. You can request it from either your primary care physician or your GI.
Get plenty of sleep! Lack of sleep increases nausea according to my son.
This is kind of an interesting condition for doctors to look at because it is a change from their usual routine and only seems to be effecting young people. Most of us who experience blockages have had colon resectioning or semi or full colon removal. For me the best treatment is Zofran, grape juice and a heating pad. This does not work for my son. For some reason, more and more 17 to 25-year-olds without any history of colon problems are showing up at our GIs office with the same symptoms. BTW, whoever did your blood work will fax it to your GI for free. Just give them a call.
I am proud of you for sticking with it until you find a diagnosis that can be confirmed or ruled out. These symptoms are tough for most primary care and er physicians to catch because it is not common.
the emotional roller coaster: Plan ahead for the bad days with a pile of good books, silly movies you want to watch or anything you can do that will lift your spirits. Surround your bed with beautiful pictures or momentos of good times. On the bad days remind yourself over and over that it is temporary. You will find a diagnosis and a cure. Make a list during each bad time of things you are grateful for: it could be a song, a color, a friend, a photo, whatever means a lot to you. You may find other people with the same symptoms in the ibs, ulcerative colitis and ostomy forums. Ranting and raving about
your frustration is expected!
GI's can be very thorough but they are only human and make mistakes. If the diagnosis, does not "feel right," get back on the forums and ask for more opinions. I am usually on the ostomy website even though I have a j-pouch. This forum is also a great place for support. Anxiety, panic and depression are not at all uncommon with IBS and IBD conditions. Many people find that counseling and/or meds can help make dealing with these issues a lot easier. Having an unpredictable body is very scary, but we are here to listen and support you.
Many virtual hugs,
Diagnosed 1987 with lower left ulcerative colitis. Hospitalized often. Mega toxic pan colitis Dec. 1999. Perforated colon and total colectomy April 2011. First j-pouch surgery March 8, 2012. Six other damaged organs removed at that time. Ileostomy reversal June 26, 2012.
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