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Damn it...Im going to have to go to a doctor.

Here's the scoop: About two years ago, I started having really bad stomach/intestinal cramps that would come on with no warning or obvious cause. I kept a journal of what happened when the cramps came so I could try to find a pattern, and I couldnt find anything. When I went in for my last checkup at my obgyn, i asked her about it. She recommended performing an ultrasound, and I did (this was two summers ago). They didnt find anything. So, I tried the good old standby of ignorning it. They didnt go away, and they've steadilly gotten worse. Now, when they happen, I double over in pain and cant do a damn thing until they pass.

About a year ago, Travis convinced me to go to a gastroentrologist in Peoria (because there isnt a single one closer to Macomb than that). Basically, the doctor said that because I didnt have a family medical history, they couldnt easilly diagnose me as having irritable bowel syndrome, but that they wanted to do a colonoscopy. I asked her what it would mean if i did have IBS. She said that I would have to stop eating spicy foods, most cheeses, no fatty meats, no sodas, very little to no alcohol...basically made a list longer than I am tall of things i couldnt do anymore. I pretty much said "Balls to that and balls to the colonoscopy! I am NOT drinking a fizzy drink that tastes like ass for 24 hours, not eating, not drinking anything but water and clear broth, all so you can shove a very long camera up my ass. OH, AND making my husband take a day off work to drive me to Peoria and back, as i'd be under sedation and couldnt drive myself home. Thanks, but no thanks."

Ive kept right on with the ignoring it. Still hasnt gotten any better, but has kept up with the getting worse. Now, whenever i burp, stomach acid comes up. Whenever i bend suddenly at my waist, stomach acid comes up. The cramps are happening about once a week now, when they used to happen maybe once every other month.

Just 20 minutes ago, I was organizing some stock in the side room here at Monets Gardens and bent over suddenly...and about half a cup of pinkish-red stomach acid just came right out of my mouth. Scared the shit out of me, enough that Im going to try to do something about it again.

I dont know what's wrong with me, but Im sure as hell not going back to the doc with the shittiest bedside manner in the world again. Im going to make an appointment with a GP over in Roseville to see if maybe a doctor that isnt trying to rush me in and out of their office will be able to help me figure this out. All I know is that Im not even going to look at WebMD or anything, because lord knows that I'd end up thinking I've got stomach cancer or something.

This freaking sucks.

Date: 2007-02-01 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] farawaypoints.livejournal.com
Acid reflux, maybe?

Date: 2007-02-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrks-redflame.livejournal.com
I was about to suggest acid reflux.

I have IBS - thanks to my mum, gran etc etc etc....
It's a pain in the ass, but I generally eat and drink what I like. There's only one foodstuff I'm avoiding like the plague at the moment and that's coffee, because that really does trigger my IBS. My usual symptoms of IBS are cramps really low down in my gut, I usually bloat up and look pregnant, and I either get "the runs" or constipation. Usually the former. I don't generally get acid problems - that's usually related to heartburn and indigestion. All I do to minimise the chances of it flaring up is drink more water than fruit cordial and tea-type stuff and if I notice a foodstuff irritating me, I cut it out for a little bit. Aloe vera is a godsend, as is peppermint herbal tea.

Just a thought - if you want to add me to yahoo feel free - the addy is on my profile page on here.

Hope you feel better soon xx

Date: 2007-02-01 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benchilada.livejournal.com
It could be something simple, yes, like acid reflux and/or a stomach ulcer.

No matter what, GET TO A FUCKING DOCTOR. I don't care who it is, just go soon.

Date: 2007-02-01 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lillielil.livejournal.com
Yikes. That sucks. I think you really should go to a doctor.

The same shit happens to me. I have terrible heartburn All The Time. It doesn't have a damn thing to do with spicy or fatty foods, but it becomes truly unbearable if I eat anything acidic (like orange juice or marinara sauce). Any time I bend over (and sometimes when I just lie down) I end up with a mouth full of acid. I've gotten good at squatting instead of bending. I also get terrible cramps that I tend to write off as "just gas".

After being told "your only problem is that you're fat" by one doctor, I went to a gastrointerologist who proceeded to give me both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. What turned up was ulcers from top to bottom. And then I got a bill for well over $1000 because apparently my colonoscopy was a "pre-existing condition". So now I'm paying it off $65 a month and can't afford any further testing.

I eat a lot of Tums.
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Re: Don't Fret Just Yet

Date: 2007-02-02 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nephadia.livejournal.com
So does Protonix if it's acid reflux. And Protonix helps heal any damage. Rick's on it now for his AR and it's done him a world of good.
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Re: Don't Fret Just Yet

Date: 2007-02-04 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nephadia.livejournal.com
ah. gotcha.

Slightly different setup of the same thing. Either way, seems to be good stuff.

Date: 2007-02-02 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greensilk.livejournal.com
See a doctor sooner rather than later, but it sounds like ulcers to me. In your records is ther any food type that seems common? *hugs* Be careful hun.

Date: 2007-02-02 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spirit-of-zen.livejournal.com
Hey dear, your local medical advisor here!

many of your friends here could be on the right tract with the acid reflux, though it is often mistaken more for cardiac problems (as the burning and tightening in the chest is sometimes confused for heart attacks). Now the ulcer is certainly an option as well and a simple blood test can identify the bug "Helicobacter pylori" that causes ulcers.

Unfortunately, you have to consider more serious conditions as well such as obstructions of the liver ducts, or bile ducts, or possible gall stones or pancreatitis. Those can all give "cramping" sensations as well. When Terra was pregnant with Chase, she had developed gall bladder stones and they can feel worse than labor pains and can even mimic them to a degree. They often caused her to vommit as well. If it is any type of obstruction, the longer you wait, the more damage you are doing. So please please go see someone, and despite how bad a docs manners are, they are often still right.

trust me, I deal with the assholes every day, and ive done enough autopsies on people who tried ignoring things til it was too late.


Date: 2007-02-02 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheetahvet.livejournal.com
Just make sure our terrorlyn is gonna get better, huh? Call me!
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