Sunday, September 23, 2012

Recent Dr. Apt

Last week I saw my gastro dr.  Needless to say he didn't give me much hope to go on.  I told him all my symptoms I was having; extreme nausea, major back pain, vomiting more during the day and night, diarrhea at least 4 to 5 times a day, stomach spasms, feeling weak, joints hurting due to lack of nutrients, I double over with pain and sometimes I look like I am 6 months pregnant due to bloating.  He said, "Sherry, you do have Gastroparesis.  All of your symptoms come with your stomach disease.  Seems as if your intestines are working against your stomach.  Your stomach is barely working, while your intestines are working too hard.  There really isn't anything we can do at this point." He said I could try doubling up on my medication of Domperidone, instead of taking 10 mg 4 times a day, I could take 20 mg 4 times a day.  But the medication is only to help my stomach contract so my food will enter into my intestines.  As far as the diarrhea, I could always try Imodium but to be cautious with that cause it could cause me to become constipated and cause an infection.  He mentioned that I haven't lost too much weight so he really wasn't too concerned.   I know he is doing his best to treat me but I feel as if I am loosing myself.  Slowly starving.  My bones hurt due to lack of nutrients and am weak most days.  Constant research just depresses me more.  Seeing patients die due to complications scares me.  I always have to remind myself, especially when I am doubled over in pain, others have it so much worse.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

After 30 min from waking up this morning, I started getting really dizzy to the point of holding on to the walls so I won't fall, along with massive abdominal pain.  I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to handle this morning.  Taking my son to school, getting ready for work, working 4 hours until my doctors appointment but I knew I had to keep pushing myself to keep going.  I couldn't call into work and say I can't come in, especially since I got a promotion.  I spoke to my family doctor, made an appointment for 2pm.  All morning I tried to not think about the dizziness and the pain.  As the morning passed, I noticed I wasn't as dizzy and the pain had decreased, Thank God!  Finally arrived at doctors office.  After having 2 vials of blood draw, urine sample and speaking to my doctor, it was determined that I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).  Apparently my spastic colon is working too hard and needed me to have a wake up call.   So not only do I have Gastroparesis, now I have IBS too.  Wonderful, sarcastically speaking of course.  My doctor gave me some samples to help calm my nerves to my colon.  Not sure if they will help or not.  I guess like everything else we shall see...