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The Mystery Illness
Jul 21, 2009
I am really perplexed but so tired of the whole thing that I feel like giving up with the tests.

I am 41 years old and my problems did not start till after I had my gallbladder removed September 2008. Before the gallbladder was removed all I had was a fatty liver and I was overweight. I went to the er because I had pain under my right rib after I would eat something fatty and then dirreahea. So I couldn't take it anymore and went to the er. They did a sonagram and found lots of stones. So I had it removed. The surgery was a success and I was on a low fat diet and I lost 25 lbs. Two months after the surgery I noticed I couldn't eat certain foods like salad or some raw vegetables because it would make me feel bloated. Still losing weight gradually like 2 lbs a week. So the only thing I would eat is whole wheat bread and healthy food except salads which were my favorite. My immune system was down from the surgery so I was catching colds from my kids like crazy. Usually I fight them off fast. So I kept getting colds which led to walking pneumonia. I was a mess and depressed. I also had panic attacks because I never had walking pneumonia in my life. My doc put me on powerful antibiotics which made my stomach a war zone of nausea. After I became better I became paranoid thinking if I get another cold I will get pneumonia. It was just a nightmare. Then the bad economy hit my husband's company was sold and we were praying that nothing would affect us like losing our house. We survived but we were very nervous. The bills kept coming in the house from everywhere and I was nervous about that. All these adjustments had to be made because of the change of job and my husband had to use our savings which was getting low. So all of this was making me stressed. Then my husband's son wants to live with us and he is 13 years old - no problem but he is going through the teenage stage. So I stressed some more. So I started to have these episodes with my stomach. Like once a month or twice a month. I would get nausea, bloating, and dirreahea, beltching, tightness across my stomach. I went to see my doctor but she kept telling me a virus or your body has to get used to not having a gallbladder.

I kept having these episodes and still went back to see the doctor so she noticed the roof of my mouth was red. That could be acid reflux and you should see a gasterologist?

So I made an appointment to see one. I also made an appointment to see an allergist for my seasonal allergies because they were bad this year and I wanted to know what I was allergic to. I saw both doctors in one week. The allergist told me I was allergic to dogs and I have two dogs and never knew this. I wasn't about to get rid of my dogs but I got very depressed. Then I went to the gasterologist and they said gerd. They increased my prilisec I was taking and told me I needed a endoscopy. I was scared because I didn't want to be put out again. After that I had a stomach episode again. The episodes of nausea, dirreahea were coming more often than once a month.

So I had the endoscopy and they found mild gastritis and small amounts of bile. The doctor told me that wouldn't cause your problems you have. It is mild and nonspecific. My mother has colitis and my brother does too. Her side of the family have weak stomachs. Her colitis will really bother her if she is worried.

Then I had a MRCP xray to check for stones that may be left behind and that came out negative. I have a complete checkup and blood profile. My liver is fine, my pancreas was checked, hployria negative. The only test left is a colonoscopy which I scheduled because the doctor thought I might have colitis.

I have tried a food diary and I can't find a food that triggers the nausea, dirreahea. I will eat the same thing everyday and then one day it will bother and another day it won't.

So this is what I know:

The episodes come often now and maybe it is stress from all the tests.

Can't find out the food that triggers it.

I notice when I take a walk I will have pain under my right rib where my gallbladder used to be and then diarrhea.

If I sit too long I will have pain under my right rib

The nausea comes out of no where and then I have to take a nausea pill plus my anxiety med.

Do you think this is mental or physical? I know the stress made it come more often because that is all I think about. So now I have lost 45 lbs because I don't eat much - I am afraid of the nausea attack or I will get diarrehea. I need to lose about 100 lbs. Has this happen to anyone with anxiety or panic. No doctor can tell me what is wrong with me. :dizzy:

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