I've been having some pretty severe medical issues since 2004 when I was 27.
In 2004 I started to come down with bizarre symptoms the doctors couldn't figure out including flu like symptoms, fevers, swollen toes, mouth ulcers, and general achiness. I finally was sent to a rheumetologist who diagnosed me with Bechet's disease. Well about 3 months later I moved for graduate school so had to find a new rheumetologist. The new guy said he didn't think it was Bechet's disease, but instead thought it was either Reactive arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. He's settled on psoriatic arthritis (although I only get small dime size spots on my left foot of what may be psoriasis). The symptoms have been going up and down for years, sometimes better, sometimes worse, with little rhyme or reason.
In 2010 I broke a toe by accidentally stubbing it against a chair. Had blood tests done and I was super low on vitamin D and am still taking 2000 IU's a day to supplement (and I generally take a lot of vitamins - B complex, multivitamin, D supplement, fish oil, and glucosamine/condritin). It took two months for the toe to heal.
Last summer I developed a rash across my entire stomach. I've changed soaps, gone fragrance free, etc. - no help. It persists. But my doctor doesn't seem even slightly concerned about it (it's astonishing all the things that they'll just chalk up to autoimmune issues).
Last November I had walking pneumonia for almost a month - three bouts of antibiotics before I was finally better.
Then about 4 weeks ago I started to develop daily nausea. I did the pregnancy test route, which were negative. By the next week it developed into nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, gassiness (both burping and flatulence), indigestion/heart burn, and beige stools. My doc thought it was a stomach bug initially because my white blood cells were "slightly elevated" on the blood tests. She also send me for an ultrasound last week of my gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, and right kidney. The results were normal except for a slightly fatty liver (no gallstones, no kidney infection). She now thinks it's likely an ulcer due to NSAID use (which I've been off of for 4 weeks, bland diet, no alcohol or caffeine either). The h. pylori test she gave me came back negative too. So now she's got me on prescription strength priolesec now for 4 days without any relief.
Anyway, I continue to feel this wringing pain in my stomach daily. The initial heart burn has gone away. But I'm left with a constant achy pain in my stomach right below my breast bone that continues about half way down to my belly button. It's so bad that I can't even bear a bra or a cami with a built in bra - it makes me throw up. I'm alternating between diarrhea and constipation now. And I continue to have nausea on and off. I also continue to have copious amounts of gas and beige stools.
I'm at my wits end. I've been out of work for 2 weeks with this pain (it's painful to sit up). And I'm starting to feel depressed because nothing's making me feel better - nothing is relieving this pain and discomfort. I'm finally seeing a GI on Monday afternoon - I think they're planning to look for ulcers with an endoscope. However, I'm wondering if I should bring up possible celiac disease? From looking at the symptoms it seems that all these weird medical issues conform to celiac disease - plus my mom has always had awful digestive issues as well (had her gallbladder out, part of one of her intestines removed due to adhesions).
So what do you guys think? It wouldn't hurt to bring it up with the GI of course. But I am just wondering how forceful I should be about it. With all these medical problems I feel like the doctors sometimes think I'm just being dramatic or something - or it's just all due to my autoimmune issues. Anyway, any feeddback or help or common experiences would be much appreciated. Thanks for any help you can give me!!