- CASE FILE
“sick” for 8 months, inconsistently. Debilitating pain caused by diarrhea and nausea or vomiting. GI is still unable to figure it out.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have been experiencing this since January. Most bad days consist of me having to go to the ER for fluids and IV meds just to be stable. I am hit with abdominal pain, cramping/stabbing pain in my intestines. I never know what day it will hit or how hard. Very bad diarrhea that sometimes Imodium cannot stop. Most times accompanied with nausea and less frequently vomiting. When I am hit with it, it drains all of my energy. I have had ultrasounds(one to check uterus/ovaries, another to check appendix), X-ray, CT scans and multiple stool/blood sample testing done. I even underwent a colonoscopy-endoscopy in April, the GI dr found nothing and even took a biopsy from both scopes and nothing came of those. Within the first 8 weeks of going through this I lost 11lbs, most days I cannot eat and still get hit with the immense pain. I am constantly having to cancel plans or leave early from any outings because I feel sick or get sick while I am out. I am currently moving cross country and it has taken very little days off. I will have to start my process all over again with drs to find out what is going on with me. I had my gallbladder removed 5 years ago and frequently experience sickness(diarrhea/nausea) from eating fatty or greasy foods. So I am more careful of what I eat, I also get symptoms related to the lack of gallbladder within 30 minutes of ingesting bad foods. This hits me at random times, mostly first thing in the morning, but no real pattern. It leaves me dehydrated and feeling beaten down. I sometimes will have a week with no symptoms, thinking it is self resolving, until suddenly it hits again. I have steady prescriptions for zofran and promethazine and a steady supply of Imodium that I try not to take but once a month on the very bad occasions. I have not noticed it to be food based, other than foods that I already know to avoid from the gallbladder laparoscopy. I have been to the ER more than a dozen times in the last 8 months on the days it is not maintainable at home and my body is dehydrated despite my efforts to rehydrate. I am not able to be very active for risk that will experience cramping.