- CASE FILE
Unexplained nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; began during childhood, but worse over the last 15 years.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Over the last 15 years, I have had unexplained nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. An episode begins with sulfur burps, followed by bloating, nausea, and vomiting that my son describes as "violent." Shortly after that, the diarrhea will start, usually with simultaneous vomiting, and both smell like sulfur. About 14 years ago, a gastroenterologist diagnosed me with idiopathic gastroparesis based on a 90-minute gastric emptying study. I changed my diet, and my symptoms improved for quite some time, but they never went away altogether. Over the last 5 years, the symptoms have begun to increase again, despite the fact that I have stuck to eating my "safe" foods. In 2018, I saw another gastroenterologist who did a 4-hour gastric emptying study, which he said was normal and told me that I didn't have gastroparesis. He then did upper and lower endoscopies with biopsies, which came back showing ileitis, but I wasn't officially diagnosed with Crohns disease (which my father has), so I am not being treated for it. I also underwent a capsule endoscopy, which I was told was normal. I've been through all of this testing, I have no real diagnosis, and my symptoms continue to worsen. I'm having episodes as often as every 2 weeks. The vomiting was so severe that I ended up in the emergency room last week in tears because I can't imagine living the rest of my life this way. They prescribed me Zofran and Phenergan in the ER (which I told them I've already tried, and they don't stop the vomiting), and gave me the number of another gastroenterologist to follow up with. My own mom asked me what they think another gastroenterologist is going to find after the other one did all that testing last year that came back normal. I honestly don't know what they think the new doctor is going to find, either, but I have to have hope that someone will eventually figure out what is causing this so I can live a normal life and not be afraid to eat.