Post # 1
at 8am this morning (Wed) I brought my FI to the ER because he had severe heartburn and had vomited. He has suffered from GERD and is on meds, and his DR recently changed his meds about a month ago as he was having digestive issues (bloating, more gas, constipation, upset stomach).
We were in the ER until 3:30, they tested him for heart problems (his dad has a very serious history of heart diseaseheart attacks). FI is 31, overweight (but has lost a lot of weight) and a nonsmoker. They ruled out heart issues, didn’t do much about the heartburn/stomach stuff and told him to follow up with his dr. At 3:30 his heartburn was gone.
we went to bed at 9:30, and I fell right to asleep. FI woke me about 11:30 saying he had the heartburn bad again since going to bed, he hasn’t wanted to wake me. We had tried milk, bread, anti-nausea meds and baking soda. At 12:45 am I brought him back to the ER and we’re waiting to be seen.
has anyone dealt with this? I’m concerned he may have an ulcer or something. He says the pain is currently 7/10 and it goes straight through his chest to his back and he’s nauseous again.
Post # 3
@MsYankee: Yikes! First off, I’m sorry to her your FI is unwell 🙁
My FI had a similar issue last year on Thanksgiving day. He had been feeling weird for a couple days previously, mostly just pain in his stomach area. He has Crohn’s disease though so we pretty much just chalked it up to that and was going to wait until the holiday was over to call his Dr. if it was still bothering him.
Well, Thanksgiving morning he tells me his stool is black and immediately I knew something was wrong. Having a black tarry stool means you are bleeding in your upper digestive track so I knew we should bring him into the ER. He pretty much refused to until after dinner at which he was starting to get really sick – more pain, vomiting, lightheadedness. He did end up having an ulcer and had to stay in the hospital for a few days.
I can’t say for sure this is what your FI has but I do think that an ulcer should be ruled out with tests. Have they done an upper endoscopy on him? That could really help to determine if it’s an ulcer or something else like Barrett’s esophagus.
Post # 4
@LovelyLee: thank you. The ER is not going to do any tests, he has an appt with GI doctor on 11/14, they just gave him a “GI cocktail” of maylox, lidocaine and something else to numb the area so he can sleep tonight and upping his dosage of antacid prescription meds. We are going to call his primary Dr in the morning, I don’t really want him waiting 2 weeks to get tests done… He’s never had a bout like this in the 3 years I’ve known him.
Post # 5
I don’t have experience with such severe GI problems, but I just wanted to say that I hope they doctors figure out what’s going on with your FI and that he recovers easily and well!
Post # 6
If you think he may have ulcers, there is a breath test they do to check. Ask for it. They will do it for you.
Post # 7
@MissMarple: thank you
@tksjewelry: I didn’t know that, I will ask the dr this morning when we go to his primary, thanks.
Post # 8
Update-he’s having an ultrasound in the morning to check his gallbladder. At least he’s feeling better today.
Ugh, I hate when FI’s sick- I’d rather it be me
Post # 9
@MsYankee: poor guy! Hang in there – I hope they are able to help resolve this once and for all!
Post # 10
@MsYankee: Ugh, hate gallbladder problems. They thought mine was failing back in high school. Not much fun!
But you can live without it pretty easily, so if it is his gallbladder, they can fix it one way or the other!
Post # 11
@MsYankee: I’ve been having similar issues – burning under my sternum. At times it’s gotten so bad (it comes in waves) that I thought death would be a welcome relief (and I NEVER feel that way). The pain would radiate to both shoulders. If I hadn’t had it plenty of times before, I’d think seriously that I was having a heart attack. The other day, I leaned down to pick something up and out of nowhere, bile came up my throat. I knew something wasn’t right.
I spoke to my doctor and he sent me for a urease breath test. I have tested positive for Helicobacter Pylori – a bacteria that a lot of people have but never know unless they have the symptoms. This bacteria can multiply and cause issues. I am on medication to kill the bacteria, and once it is taken care of, the pain shouldn’t recur (unless the bacteria comes back). The doctor also sent me for an ultrasound for gallstones – still waiting on those results. I have a very strong family history of gallstones.
Funny thing with the gallstones – you can show no stones at all, and still have issues. It could be sludge, or even that the gallbladder is not working properly (which could be assessed by a different test). Gallstones can be horrendously painful, so it’s possible that he could have gallbladder issues. I wonder if it might be worthwhile to ask his doctor for a referral to have a gastroscopy – just to check whether there is some damage or an ulcer in his stomach?
I hope he is on the mend soon, and you get to the bottom of this, and hopefully, some long term relief!
Post # 12
FI got results, he has gallstones and Dr thinks he passed one Wed. He’s going to see the surgeon.
I’m glad we found out what it was, now hoping everything goes well. Thanks Bees!!
Post # 13
@MsYankee: One my best friend’s had gallstones (despite having no risk factors) and it was SO awful and scary for her. Your DH has my sympathy! She had to go on a special diet until she had it removed but thankfully her recovery was super quick!