Constant diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea no answer from doctors!
I am a 22 year old Female experiencing intense abdominal/stomach pain since early July 2009. I am on Synthroid (for my Thyroid) and dexamethasone (to control elevated testosterone levels). I've always experienced heartburn, but if I was careful with my diet and did not eat too late at night, the heartburn was not a major problem.
In July my major symptoms started. One evening I began to feel an intense amount of nausea, as if I were about to vomit but could not. This lasted for a few days. The following day I could not eat or drink and was prescribed Compazine for the nausea. Two days later I was in the ER for dehydration and slowly began eating and drinking, still feeling the nausea. I began taking Oemprazole as well for intense GERD pains that radiated throughout my entire digestive track. The morning after I started experiencing severe bouts of diarrhea. The diarrhea was worst in the morning, and I would keep moving my bowels until there was a clear liquid. After several visits to my doctor, I was prescribed Nexium 2x daily.
I was sent in for an ultrasound of my gallbladder, but the results were normal.
I took the Nexium religiously and right when I began to feel better (exactly a week after the symptoms first began), it was as if the process began itself all over again. It was at this time I saw a GI doctor who sent me in for an endoscopy. The upper endo found a hiatial hernia as well as gastritis in my stomach. I tested negative for H. Pylori and Celiac Disease.
From this point on I restricted my diet to extremely bland foods incorporating plain chicken and extremely lean chopped meat. I cheated two times before the next attack (a chicken/cheese sandwich and nachos when I was feeling a little better).
For a week I was fine, and then once again the symptoms returned. During the second attack the mornings were the worst. I would wake up feeling extremely nauseous, experience intense stomach pains followed by severe diarrhea lasting until the afternoon. I was unable to eat until the evenings where for a breif time I felt fine, and then the stomach pains usually returned shortly before bed.
After this attack again, I was fine for a week, and now I am experiencing my third attack this summer. This time I followed by restricted diet TO A T. No cheating whatsoever. During this attack I switched from the Nexium to Prontonix, and by Monday I was instructed by my GI to stop the Prontonix and switch to Zantac (the GI thought the PPI's were causing the diarrhea in the morning.) I've been on the Zantac for 5 days now, and my morning diarrhea is just as awful. I am still experiencing severe stomach pain (it feels like someone is kicking me in the stomach; the abdominal area is VERY sore), nausea, and a burning, gnawing feeling that is always present in my abdominal area. I've noticed with this attack, my GERD symptoms are not as severe as the first two attacks. Even though my stomach still feels sore, the pain feels as if it is more intense this time lower (around the intestinal area). Every single time I eat I seem to move my bowels.
I am scheduled for a colonoscopy in a few days. The GI believes it might possibly be either bacterial, or Chron's. Is it possible this might be a parasite? Should I have further tests done on my gallbladder?
I NEVER feel fine. I always feel sick to my stomach and incredibly uncomfortable. I've had to start short-term disability in order not to lose my part-time job. I am also starting graduate school in two days, and I CAN NOT afford to be sick! I think stress plays an important role in these attacks, and I try to keep myself calm. However, it is difficult to keep calm during an attack knowing I have to go on with my normal daily activities.
Two weeks prior to the initial onset of my symptoms I was treated for what appeared to be a possible Kidney infection. There was blood in my urine and I was sent in for an ultrasound of my Kidney's, but the ultrasound came back normal. The doctor was sure it was not a bladder infection. Can this be any way related?
Any feedback would be GREATLY appreciated!