At a Loss – Severe Abdominal Pain and No Answers

Posted by hgarm @hgarm, Jan 21, 2019

It has been a very rough month. I started having severe pain in my upper abdomen a week before Christmas. 2 days before Christmas I had my appendix removed and then 3 weeks later my gallbladder removed (they believed this to be the cause of all of my pain) ever since I have been having severe stomach pains that ate worse then the pains I started with. I have lost almost 22 pounds in a month due to the inability to eat and I feel as though I am wasting away. I am feeling so hopeless and so depressed and I just don’t know what to do anymore because doctor’s seem to be at a loss while my pain just keeps growing. I have never felt this down before and I don’t know what to do about it

@lioness

@hgram If your vomiting and diarrhea go to Urgent care

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They can't do anything they don't do IV fluids in the urgent care only the ER and I can't afford that right now. My doctor wants me to take a stool sample in to be tested

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@hgarm

The point here is for you to get medical care. I know it sounds like you can't afford it, but to use an old saying, "Your money or your life." You have been sick for a long time; you've lost 22 pounds in the last month, and now you've progressed to vomiting and diarrhea. You need to go to the ER, in my opinion.

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@hgarm

They can't do anything they don't do IV fluids in the urgent care only the ER and I can't afford that right now. My doctor wants me to take a stool sample in to be tested

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@hgarm Good take it on at least that's a start

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@lioness

@hgarm Good take it on at least that's a start

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They think I may have c difficile causing my diahrea but I won't know for 3 days and I have to take my stool in tomorrow

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@hgram

Here is the link to C-diff symptoms and information on Mayo.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/c-difficile/symptoms-causes/syc-20351691
I hope its helpful.

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@gailb

@hgram

Here is the link to C-diff symptoms and information on Mayo.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/c-difficile/symptoms-causes/syc-20351691
I hope its helpful.

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@hgram One thing that you will notice is a rotten potatoes smell from passing gas .As a nurse dealing with c.diff we,d wear mask .Follow Dr,s orders if this Is what you have but with the vomiting I don't know either way it won't hurt you to build up your immune system with vitamin ns talk to Dr about this also Praying for you

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@lioness

@hgram One thing that you will notice is a rotten potatoes smell from passing gas .As a nurse dealing with c.diff we,d wear mask .Follow Dr,s orders if this Is what you have but with the vomiting I don't know either way it won't hurt you to build up your immune system with vitamin ns talk to Dr about this also Praying for you

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I don't get that smell it's mostly like yellow diahrea the yellow liquid seems to stick to the toilet bowl? It's weird but it seems like it's slimy?

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@enska

Tell your doctor about how you are feeling emotionally. It's important to take care of both your body and your mind. Your doctor will be able to help with resources for your emotional well-being. Good luck and I wish you the best!

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Hello @enska,

I’d like to welcome you to Connect and thank you for your supportive words. You are so right about the importance of caring for both mental and physical health. May I ask what brings you to Connect?

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@kanaazpereira

Hello @enska,

I’d like to welcome you to Connect and thank you for your supportive words. You are so right about the importance of caring for both mental and physical health. May I ask what brings you to Connect?

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@kanaazpereira Thanks for the kind words! I live in Rochester, Minnesota and just attended the Mood Program for depression at Mayo Clinic. I was looking at Google trying to find some online resources about depression specifically at Mayo and came across Connect. I was really surprised and encouraged to see how busy it is (although that might mean that people are feeling ill in one way or another, which isn't good news, but there is a lot of help which is the part I'm encouraged by.) As I recover from a depressive episode I find that I want to help others get through theirs. Thank you for reaching out!

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Hi @hgarm,

I’m truly sorry to hear about your pain! Since you mentioned you might have C diff, I thought you might also be interested in viewing these discussions on Connect:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/c-diff-1/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-am-trying-to-recover-from-a-c-diff-infection-this-started-with/

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@hgarm

I don't get that smell it's mostly like yellow diahrea the yellow liquid seems to stick to the toilet bowl? It's weird but it seems like it's slimy?

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@Good Let us know about stool results

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@gailb

@parus

I'm so sorry you have so many problems finding relief from your pain. I wish there was some way I could help you, but apparently giving you support here is the only way I can. Perhaps the x-rays will provide an answer as to why you're in so much pain, and the doctor will be able to prescribe a pain med for you. I know I can't take any NSAIDS for a couple of reasons, so the alternative is Tramadol, or Marijuana. I think I may be allergic to Marijuana now. I take as little as possible just to get by, and Tylenol. I'm going to check to see if I can get a new prescription for Tramadol. It is the best for my pain which is infrequent but occurs more often now than before. I'm hoping the best for you Parus. Keep painting and drawing.

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@gailb Thank you cyber-helper. It has been through the things I have learned here as well as support and encouragement by others that has given me more courage to be assertive about my healthcare needs. Pressing past those old messages is difficult as many here know.

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