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Old 06-24-2002, 08:08 AM   #1
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Hi, I've been having some bizarre symptoms and the doctors don't know what's wrong with me. I've been having repeat bladder infections (some which mimick the symptoms but tests come out clean), acid reflux, diarhea, pain in my left side in the pelvic region, and major swelling. By swelling I mean that I've gone to the hospital in tears twice because my feet are so large I can't bend them at the ankle and they're purple from being so large. I take pills to get rid of the water but they don't eliminate all the fluid. I've gained 60 pounds in 2 years. At the beginning, my stomach and abdomen swelled up within like, 2 weeks and I could no longer wear any pants or fitted clothes. I have large red stretch marks on my stomach (started in the pelvic region, now they're up to my belly button)that are ever new throughout all this time so it's like I swell and de-swell and that's what's causing them. I can't wear any of my rings anymore, and the swelling is in my legs and feet and even affects my chin and on bad days I have two big chins and on good days I have one. I've been tested for such things as thyroid, diabetes, STD, AIDS, bladder irregularities, kidney disease, liver disease, allergies, rheumetoid arthitis, heart disease, and more and all are negative. I should be healthy but I look pregnant and have a dull achy pain in my lower abdomen all the time with sharp pains on the left side. This gets better (less pressure)after a bm but "pulsates" on the left side after (I can feel the pain more). I have like 4 bm's a day and almost all are some form of diarhea. I also get incredible lower stomach cramps that had me thinking it was my water gone bad for months but with bottled water they still are there and they are strong enough to double me over and come in waves. I've had an ultrasound and it came back ok so I'm stumped really. I've been to a gastro specialist who dismissed it all and said it was impossible that my swelling was related to the acid reflux and diarhea. My general doctor thought it could be IBS... Any ideas of tests I could have to rule that out?

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