Posted 9/13/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -7)
I live on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere and have been in that boat many times. If you have to, have hubby take you to an ER fasttrack/urgent care during his off time. Diarrhea long term isn't good. Sometimes I just have to go, I try to go to the littler, less busy country hospital for this kind of thing as I can get in and out faster and they can handle something like this pretty well. You don't want to get a gi infection or if you have diverticulosis it could get infected so you need to be careful. If that doesn't work, I found that if you have some older neighbors they may be willing to drive you if you can give them some money. I've done that too. It works for them because they make some money which helps because they are poor and it helps me. Calling your mom is good too. If you are in pain and having bad diarrhea, the ER took care of that really well for me. I don't know if you have IBS but a medicine called dicyclomine or "bentyl" is an antispasmodic and good bowel pain reliever and constipates you so you don't have to take immodium all the time, which is not good. Tramadol should constipate you as well and masks pretty severe bowel pain, which is good and bad because I've been real sick and the tramadol covered it up and when I ran out I was really in bad shape. Hydrocodone will help too. I wouldn't feel bad about going to an ER or urgent care until you can see your PCP, or try to walk in and see. Also, maybe PCP can prescribe something over the phone if you explain your condition and order tests if she feels she should, then you just have to get to the tests and the pharmacy. I know mine is very good about that for something like diarrhea.
Well I hope you feel better soon and get to the doctor soon. I just had a prometheus blood test for celiac, which is this state of the art blood test my liver doc ran and he felt that it was certainly the right thing to do to get this situation checked out, esp if you could have celiac or pancreas issues or gi. I had a polyp one time, so you should go. Please let us know what happens. I will be thinking of you and praying that you get better and get to the doc.
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