- 2 years ago
After being very sick the last few weeks, I finally had my appointment with a gastroenterologist this morning.
My family doctor referred me for a colonoscopy. Even though I had 2 other doctors say they thought I had Gastroparesis, my family doctor thought otherwise. Which I guess I understand, a lot of conditions matched my symptoms.
First off, the prep for the colonoscopy was absolutely horrible. I had read stories online, people saying it was the worst experience of their lives. I kept thinking it can’t be THAT bad. Yeah… it really is THAT bad. I had to drink 4L of a solution that tasted like fruit flavoured Tums, crushed up in water. I almost vomited multiple times. It was so difficult to get down.
My SO has been amazing through all of this. Anything I need, sometimes without me even having to ask, he’s up and getting it for me right away. Last night as I was doing the prep, he moved all of my stuff upstairs for me so I could be close to the bathroom, and he stayed up there with me all night. Even high fived me when I finished haha. He’s definitely been my rock.
So this morning I went in for my colonoscopy. I was able to meet with the doctor and explain all of my symptoms before the procedure was done. I explained that I had a gastroscopy done back in March, it showed a bit of inflammation but nothing major. Plus my symptoms have gotten WAY worse since then. He felt around my stomach, which hurts all over, but especially in the upper part. The pain was unbelievable when he pressed. Right away, he told me he also wanted to do a gastroscopy at the same time. I thanked him. He asked why, and I said I just want answers. Then I got a little weepy, I’ve just been so stressed over all of this. I’ve been freaking out wondering what the results could be. The doctor was amazing. What a wonderful bedside manner. One of the best I’ve ever had. He just held my hand and calmed me down, told me he would take good care of me and we’d find out what’s going on.
After the procedure, he came out and explained that during the gastroscopy, he went way farther down than the first doctor did. All was clear. Everything looked great. Same thing with the other end. He went way up and everything looked normal. No Crohn’s Disease, which I was worried about. I did see some stuff written on a piece of paper with my name on it, he also removed a polyp and did 3 biopsies. He didn’t mention this when going over the results though. But he did confirm that I do have Gastroparesis.
He gave me a presciption, but unfortunately, it’s the exact same medication that all the other doctors gave me. One I can’t take because it interacts with another medication I take for something else. I really really don’t want to have to change it, but at this point, I can’t live like this. I have no choice but to switch the one so I can finally start this new one.
I’m hoping getting the medications sorted will be fairly easy. The last time I had to stop a medication, I had a horrible reaction and was off work for a month. Mind you, with all that’s gone on, it may be best for me to stay off work a little longer while I get used to the new medication and get used to not being on the one.
I just want to thank you all for your advice and kind words on the other thread.
Please send all the positive vibes you can! I’m hoping for a speedy recovery now that I have the official diagnosis. 🙂
- This topic was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by authentic.