help please!! dehydrating!

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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Over the last 10 days my abdominal pain which we don't know what the cause is yet, still having testing and on an MRI the other day it showed i have bleeding in there but they dont know if thats the initial cause or thats caused by whatever else is happening! anyway, basically i have been bedridden with so much pain and nausea from it and haven't slept properly in over a week because of it, i am exhausted and just feel pain everywhere from it all, last night i went to take my pain medications and i just started gagging on water and everything i tried to take in, because i can't last the night without blacking out if i dont take my meds i had to go to the ER to see what they could do, we had to wait a few hours before seeing a doctor because there was a strike,, once we saw one she was very rude and didn't really care, she said i had inflammation in my oesophagus from reflux which i have had before and has caused me to regurgitate and vomit up any food or drink i had, but this was differnt and it was just as soon as i tried to swallow i would gag, she thought it was psychological and told me to drink stuff that would numb my throat, i couldn't get it down and it just made me more frustrated and everything harder with her standing there saying, you have to actually try and you have to get it down! she was so rude and just telling me i was faking it pretty much, i was trying so hard and eventually got a small amount down, just enough so it numbed it for me to take some pain meds. i then went home and now i'm having that problem again and i'm really dehydrated, and can gargle stuff to numb my throat to get pain meds in but i can't get enough water down to hydrate me. last time i was admitted to hospital to get fluids until i was well enough and the inflammation went down so it wouldnt put more stress on my oesophagus, as much as i hate being in hospital i really wish they would just admit me so i can me on a drip with fluids, because this is causing me so much pain and frustratino swallowing and i can just feel it getting worse each time i swallow tablets, i'm trying so hard to get things down but it causes so so much pain and i don't want to make things much worse...

does anyone have any ideas as to what i could do?! if i go to hospital again they will say the same thing and send me home and il be stuck like this again...
please help

thanks so much x
15 years old,
Chronic stomach pain with no diagnosis yet and lots of other things.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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   Posted 8/14/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Buttercup -
I posted to you on the CP forum.

I believe you that you weren't faking. You're just young and inexperienced and haven't learned to tolerate some of the awful treatments we have to endure. Been there myslef, raised 4 sons, now teaching the mother of the grandkids. In time we do a lot of things that are impossible the first time we try.

For emergency nausea and vomiting help you can take a tsp of Paregoric, if you can get an (usually older) doc to prescribe it. It works instantly. I keep it on hand. No pill will do the same thing. It tastes awful, and it shouldn't be used daily because it's a narcotic. Did the stuff the ER doc give you smell and taste like licorice in alcohol? That may have been what they were giving you. (It's got anise.) If you can get it down for even a second it will stop the reflux and vomiting!

The ER also has a mix of other stuff that works, tastes bad. It seems intolerable but if you decide no matter that it might come back up you will just close your eyes and swallow it quickly, it really will work. The ER doc was frustrated. In a way, trying is psychological. When the nasty stuff works your mindset changes and you can take it again if you need to.

For home hydration, your grandma (and I'm in that category) knows that Vernor's Ginger Ale sooths, rehydrates, and will stay down when no water or coke syrup or anything else will. It has to be that one brand! It's lots sweeter. You can warm it and stir a little to get the bubbles out if they are a problem. I recommend it without ice. Don't dilute.

Go see a gastroenterologist!!! You need tests, lots of them and not fun either, to find out what's going on.

I've posted lots of time about keeping a food log to find your trigger foods, if there are any. It's a really important thing to do that will help your doctors. If they can't find something seriously physical they can see, you have to provide information. Keeping a log in a notebook with date, time, every bit of food and drink you consume and any reactions after a half hour, an hour and 2 hours, could point to a cure.

My list of foods was really weird: gelatin, cheese, soda, pork, maple syrup, anything with corn syrup, lemon or lime juice .... They all had 1 thing in common - sulfites. There are lots of good websites about food allergies/intolerances/sensitivities.

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   Posted 8/14/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
For the liquids you could hold crushed ice in your mouth and let it melt slowly down your throat. Can you do jello?
Alice is right you do need to see the GI as soon as possible. Only one of the tests is unpleasant in my opinion and it's do-able.

Hang in there!

Problems too numerous to name. :)

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree see a GI DR. soon.

Get better


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   Posted 8/14/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Gotta agree with the others! I hate Er doctors who as pompas know.

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