I keep getting more and more sick and I don't know why! Please help!
Everything started at least a couple years ago while I was taking Calculus based Physics at my local university. I started waking up nauseous, which at the time I attributed to stress. The semester ended, but the nausea kept getting worse. I started looking for what might cause morning sickness in men, but didn't decide to see a specialist until after I started having anal bleeding.
The doctor prescribed Nexium for the nausea, and I had a colonoscopy a few weeks later. The Nexium seemed to improve the the nausea over time, and the colonoscopy turned up nothing more than a couple polyps that were removed. The doctor couldn't find any source for the bleeding, so he diagnosed it as hemorrhoids. I never went to that doctor again, because it costs $400 just to talk to him in his office for a few minutes!
The bleeding had stopped and everything was getting better until one afternoon when I had a footlong Subway sandwich. I was up all night with vomiting and diarrhea. I finally got over it, but then new symptoms started showing up The first and most noticeable of these symptoms was intense heartburn, which I'd never had before. I continued to take the Nexium and eventually got it under control.
When I turned 25 a few months ago, I was dropped from my parents insurance. I was faced with a horrible decision in which I had to choose between my health coverage and my education. Since I have only a year left before I graduate with my bachelors degree in Biology, I chose the latter. I replaced the Nexium with Prilosec, which I've been told is close to the same thing, because I could no long afford my prescription medication.
The nausea has returned, and is worse than ever. Instead of just morning sickness, I am now feeling nauseous every time I eat. Furthermore, I now have new symptoms to worry about. My stools have become very sticky, and are often a greenish to black in color. My stools are very messy and I can't get clean with toilet paper alone. It's gotten to the point that I have to take a shower every time I use the restroom!
So that's my story. I have no doctor, no insurance, no money, and no explanation for my continued downward spiral. What could be causing all these symptoms? What should I do?