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The Big Day- First Trip To The Gastroenterologist

Posted by quakenbake, 21 December 2010 · 542 views

Doctor testing diagnosis
Here it is- the big day, or at least it is in my opinion. I am hopeful that after years of trying to figure out what's wrong with me, I might finally have an answer. Not only would it be an answer, but it could explain all sorts of those little random things that you don't think matter or could be connected to anything. I wasn't supposed to get in until the first week of January, but I had to call last week after not being able to eat for 2 days to see if they could please call if and when they got any cancellations. I suppose I got lucky, but now I'm very anxious to see what he has to say. After having done a fair amount of research, I can't tell you enough how hopeful I am that this is it. This is a list of pretty much everything I've ever had wrong with me and I have found some sort of connection to Coeliac (plus this will help me know exactly what to tell the doctor in a few hours):

-hypoglycemia
-have been "diagnosed" with IBS and GERD
-fairly constant nausea (I'd say a good 90-95% of the time)
-heartburn requiring prescription medication
-stomach aches where I break out into a cold sweat, start shaking uncontrollably, and feel like I'm going to vomit (although I very rarely do)
-inability to have a BM (chronic C), and when I do, I don't think it's very healthy
-sharp pains in my abdomen (typically on the right side), sometimes so bad that I can't get out of bed
-for the past year or so, I've had bouts each month where I vomit for a day, then have the big D for the next couple days, then I have the abdominal pain so badly that I cannot move for what seems like weeks at a time
-I can't maintain my weight (I jump from anywhere between 105-130lbs. and I should be 115-120lbs.)
-fatigue (I can sleep for 10-13 hours and feel like I haven't gotten any sleep at all, and not just in an oversleeping kind of way) and I just look tired (I have dark circles under my eyes that make it look like I've been punched)
-I'm either starving or I can't put anything in my mouth without feeling like I'm going to be sick
-when I was a baby, I had horrible colic and needed to be put on a predigested formula
-when I was in high school, I had to have 2 surgeries for chronic sinusitis
-for the past year or so, I seem to be breaking out in a red, lacy rash (sometimes with bumps) randomly, similar to an allergic reaction
-I have had problems with depression and anxiety for the past 2 years
-I get dark spots on my teeth and have had comments from my dentist and orthodontist when I saw him years ago about the enamel on my teeth
-bloating and a general feeling of being full or like there is undigested food in my stomach
-gas
-fairly severe and painful abdominal cramping
-pain in my lower back and neck
-my skin has gotten much paler than it had been in high school
-family history of bowel problems

There you have it, probably way more information than you wanted to know. I'm actually having a hard time staying awake while writing this. Oh, something else I should probably add: I was busy with university finals as well as being in a friend's wedding last week. The weekend before, I couldn't eat for a couple days, and when I did, I was very sick to my stomach with the big D (that's when I called my doctor about getting in earlier). I ended up losing 4lbs. over the 2-3 days, which isn't unheard of because of how often and how much my weight fluctuates, but I was at the end of my ropes. Not eating or sleeping because of being so sick does not generally lead to good performances on big tests or standing up at the alter as a bridesmaid. Since I had no idea what else to do, I went gluten free for the few days (I know I'm not supposed to before my tests) to see if that would help me get through the week. It was the first time in I don't know how long that I was able to eat without feeling nauseous or getting stomach cramps. I was only gluten-free for 4-5 days (hopefully not long enough to mess up any tests I'll have in the near future), and have been back on gluten since Sunday. I feel miserable. We'll just have to see how to doctor's appointment goes.

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