- CASE FILE
For the past 4 years the severity of my condition has increased exponentially, crippling my basic functionality. I just want normality back.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Since I was a kid, age 7 is as far as I can remember experiencing symptoms, I've had incredible anxiety surrounding illness. My mother battled breast cancer during my childhood so maybe that's a contributing factor. Since then I've had an on/off barrage of gastric distress and bouts of diarrhea/constipation. In high school it worsened when I took Isotretonoin (Acutane) for severe acne and started experiencing panic attacks and liver dysfunction. The liver problems went away but the anxiety and panic remained and worsened my stomach issues. I was diagnosed with IBS-D my first year of college and subsequently took a cocktail of medicines including: 4 different SSRI's, an SNRI, antispasmodics, probiotics, antibiotics, chemotherapy-grade antiemetics, PPI's, H2 Blockers, Benzodiazepines. YOU NAME IT. I've seen psychologists, psychiatrists, multiple gastroenterologists, General Physicians and they've all come to the same conclusion that it's IBS and possibly GERD. This was determined through a P.O.E. from multiple procedures and tests including: bacterial overgrowth breath test, upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, blood tests, stool tests. SO, all these tests and the diagnoses and the medicines and NOTHING HAS HELPED even a little. I suffer every night and day. I oversleep because I'd rather not deal with my symptoms. Exercise and meditation have helped to some degree with the anxiety and panic, but the physical symptoms remain and worsen with each day. This is what I feel constantly and without explanation: Severe nausea, discomfort in my throat and chest (I have to grab my throat and pull it to relieve the tension), extreme pain in my abdomen and stomach, nonstop gurgles and rumbles in my stomach, heartburn and indigestion that TUMS don't relieve, constant anxiety over my physical symptoms, heightened sensitivity to every feeling in my body. It may not sound so bad but I can hardly leave my home anymore because I'm always experiencing pain and discomfort. Doctors have failed me, patience has failed me. I am over $60,000 in student debt for a degree that's half finished because I couldn't make it to my classes and refused to let this stop me from reaching my dreams. I have had to take off 2 separate semesters to get tests and treatment. I am losing all hope in life and betterment. I've lost a girlfriend of 3 years and many friends. I've went from 190 lbs my freshman year of college (4 years ago) to 150 lbs for the past two years unable to gain weight, No one has helped me. Please tell me you can.