35 year old female with a history of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), psoriasis, IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia. On 16 April, I had my gallbladder out per recommendation of my gastroenterologist, for the bloating, pressure and pain in my middle/upper abdomen whenever I ate or drank anything, even water. Plus, my gallbladder was not working (please see below).
However, four days out of surgery, the symptoms returned with a vengeance, as if I never had the surgery.
This is the way I feel whenever I eat or drink anything, no matter how bland: my stomach bloats up and I get a pressure pain in the middle...then it dies down a little bit, only to come back full throttle, making me feel like my stomach is going to burst! I wake up too nauseous to eat, and my first meal bothers me a bit...then my symptoms get worse as the day goes on...some nights I have trouble sleeping, the pain is so bad.
Before surgery, when the symptoms first started, my stool patterns changed...I only had a BM every 4-5 days...now that I am off the pain meds, and I am over the post-op loose stools, I am back to the every 4-5 day thing again.
Now the pain has gotten so bad, I feel it all the time...it just worsens whenever I eat. My Primary Care Provider upped me from omeprazole to Nexium...however it has been since Thursday and I am feeling worse instead of better.
Also, I started getting low blood sugar attacks, or what feels like them, starting last Wednesday. I haven't had them since I lost 100 lbs from my gastric bypass, which I had in July of 2011.
Upper GI Series -- showed esophageal dysmotility
Upper Endoscopy -- showed hiatal hernia and irritated stomach lining
Ultrasound of gallbladder - normal
HIDA Scan - 5% Ejection Fraction
(gallbladder removed, as surgeon said it would get stones eventually, plus surgery may fix problem, and it was obviously not working).
Allergy testing -- all negative, including celiac
I am scared to death to eat, because of the way it makes me feel. My weight goes up and down 5 pounds...people tell me I look skinnier, however I don't know where the weight is going. I can feel the bones through my skin.
I see the Gastro on 7 May...it cannot come soon enough!
Please tell me:
1. Have any of you experienced something similar?
2. What specifically should I tell my doctor? Any suggestions? I just want to be concise and to the point.
3. Any questions I should ask? I tend to be at a loss for words.