DANG!!!!! I have been battling a little discomfort since the holidays in my lower abd. and some insomnia, so thinking it was just nerves, my GI and I agreed to try xanax, ambien, and increase my bentyl from 1 a day to as needed. Well all seemed to settle a bit until the end of the week. It continued to worsen. And right now, I am pretty miserable.
In the past, I have had a history of scar tissue (adhesions) restricting my stomach from filling like it should as well as emptying into the small intestine. It took a lot of persistence and testing to accomplish this diagnosis, believe me, and that was well over 10 years ago. Basically, we fell into this diagnosis just cuz that is the only thing left that it CAN be! And doing an EGD cures it. The Scar tissue is on the outside of the stomach and duodenum squeezing and restricting. So about once a year, sometimes less, I have to have an EGD done -- nooo biggy in my book. It's just this unnerving pain in my stomach and esophagus ever time I eat anything until I can get in for the EGD. I called the GI on Friday so I am hoping he has an opening real soon. I have these same symptoms every time... in fact, I don't usually even have to go to the dr's office for an appt to determine IF I need the EGD. He just schedules it for me when I call. Anyway, I woke up hungry about 2 hrs ago in the wee hours of the morning, had 3 oreos and a cup of milk. I am miserable right now! I feel like I have a softball in my stomach and the belching is horrible. Like reflux symptoms. YUCK!
So, you might ask, what does an EGD do to relieve this for me when the EGD looks inside the stomach and duodenum. Well, in order for them to have their little look-see, they fill the esophagus, stomach and duodenum with air. When they do that, it busts the adhesions on the outside of those areas and gives me IMMEDIATE relief. I guess it must hurt like the dickens cuz I raise quite a fit when they are doing it but that is the GI's clue that it is working for me now. Thanks to the versed, I don't remember any of the pain of the procedure AND I can eat and enjoy every minute of it upon waking. I am pretty "stupid for about 12-18 hrs after the EGD from the versed.... I require a pretty hefty dose.
Thanks for listening to me whine. I am so NOT used to having this discomfort. I remember years ago when this started I was convinced that it was my CD coming back. NOPE. Just scar tissue. Not everyone has issues with adhesions. I have a history of issues with them from prior multiple abd. surgeries.
So now that I have whined, it's time for cheese!!!!
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery