- 5 years ago
I’m not sure if anyone will.. but if anyone has any kind of advice or words of wisdom, it would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps there are some Bees out there who work in the medical field or live with something similar themselves. Any kind of support would be really great right now. Also, I apologize in advance if this is long.
A few times a month, for quite some time now, I’ve gotten a bad pain in my stomach, all over [upper and lower]. It’s a very tight pain, almost like I’ve done a ton of sit-ups. It normally goes away after a day, however, it started up again 2 weeks ago and hasn’t let up. I went to a walk-in clinic the day after it started, where the doctor felt around, ordered an ultrasound to be done. She told me to take Advil for the pain. Unfortunately, I was only able to get in for the ultrasound last week.
My appetite has slowly diminished since this began, but since this past Friday, things have gotten progressively worse. My appetite is completely shot. I feel nauseous all day. The times when I am actually able to eat, I feel full almost right away and feel very sick. On Saturday evening, I managed to eat something small, though I felt sick halfway through. I knew I needed to eat so I pushed through it. I felt nauseous the entire night, barely slept, and then Sunday morning…the vomiting started.
I’ve been vomiting every day since, usually multiple times, either in the morning or the evening. Or hours after I eat. There have also been points where I’m constipated for days [sorry if that’s TMI]. I’ll get the stomach pains that I have to go but then can’t. I’m definitely getting tired of this.
I was finally able to see my family doctor on Monday and… she thought it could simply be a virus. I know I’m not a doctor, but I’ve had the flu. I know what it feels like. I’m normally sick for a day or two and it’s done. I’ve never had persistent abdominal pain for weeks and THEN started vomiting as a flu. Maybe I’m wrong, but this feels like something more than just a virus. My doctor currently has me taking a medication to help with the stomach pain. <br /><br />My family doctor didn’t receive the ultrasound results, so I had to go back to the walk-in clinic to get them [this was also on Monday]. The ultrasound showed nothing, aside from a cyst on my ovary. The doctor mentioned this wouldn’t cause these kinds of problems. While I was there, I took the opportunity to run my new symptoms [vomiting, etc] by the doctor to get a second opinion. Right away, he said it definitely did NOT sound like a virus, it actually sounds like I have a slow emptying stomach.
Finally we come to yesterday. After vomiting yet again and not being able to eat, and just feeling absolutely miserable, I decided to just go to the hospital. I explained everything, they did some blood work and took a urine sample, and I had both a resident and doctor do a physical exam and go over everything with me in great detail.
The doctor told me I have Gastroparesis. I am a Type 2 diabetic and apparently it is a common condition in those with diabetes [weird thing is, my blood sugar levels have been fairly normal through all of this]. They gave me a prescription to help with acid buildup for now.
I have another appointment with my family doctor this upcoming Monday to follow up. I’m hoping she will refer me to a gastroenterologist. I’ve been reading up on the medications to treat this and unfortunately, most of them interact with a medication I take so I’m curious what treatment options I have. I’m a little worried, to be honest. I can’t imagine living like this without any treatment.
To anyone who may work in the medical field or anyone who deals with stomach issues…do any of you have any suggestions as to what I should eat? At the hospital they told me to eat 6 small meals a day. For the days I haven’t been able to eat anything, I’ve been having Boost meal replacement drinks. I’ve tried Jello, but even that comes back up some days. I’ve stocked up on soup and am having trouble even eating that. 🙁
I apologize this is so long. Thank you so much for reading!