Tummy trouble continues apace

So I was horribly sick with another vomiting cycle over the weekend and into Monday. I was bedridden, lying around moaning for days, unable to keep anything down, so weak I could barely walk.

I’ve seen a gastroenterologist about all this. In fact I had a scope of my stomach on Monday. I could barely drag myself out of bed to get to the place to get it done but it was pre-scheduled and all I figured they might as well do it now during a cycle to increase their chances of finding whatever was wrong.

They found nothing of interest. And they put anti nausea medication in the IV during my scope, but it wore off and by Monday night I was puking up stomach acids and sobbing and wishing I was dead.

The nausea etc finally stopped Tuesday. I spent the day recovering, trying to re-hydrate and learn to eat again. I am pretty much better this morning but extremely discouraged and depressed.

If the cycles continue like they have this’ll start again in three weeks’ time. It’s been like this every three weeks for months now with no end in sight.

22 thoughts on “Tummy trouble continues apace

  1. marsyao July 25, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Hi, I never lean the words of comforting in my life, so think better not anything that sort now, though gussy you have already known many people here wish you get better

  2. Joanne O. July 25, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Oh, Meaghan, you poor dear. I wish the doctors would find out what’s upsetting your stomach! I hope you feel better soon!

    • marsyao July 25, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      I recall doctors has diagnosed this as Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome.

      P.S I am so sorry Meaghan 🙂

      • Meaghan July 25, 2018 / 4:03 pm

        Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome just means “we don’t know what’s wrong with you.” I’m hoping on a better diagnosis. One that doesn’t sound made-up.

      • marsyao July 25, 2018 / 4:59 pm

        I know, Meaghan, but it sounds so funny that I cannot help but bringing it up here

      • Meaghan July 25, 2018 / 5:01 pm

        Remember my Great Headache Crisis? A severe headache ALL DAY EVERY DAY for A YEAR AND A HALF and the diagnosis? “New Daily Persistent Headache.” Thank you, Captain Obvious!

      • marsyao July 25, 2018 / 7:12 pm

        I remember that, Meaghan, I am lol now, I know I shouldn’t , but I just cannot help myself, I believe the doctor who invent these names of disease must be a sadist

  3. MJM July 25, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Having a lot of gastro issues myself latey, but I think it might be because I am back on Weight Watchers. I’m thinking that eating 6 egg whites at a time might not be in my best interest. LOL Anyway, did they rule out gall bladder issues? I think it may be a matter of time until mine goes, my mom and my brother both had theirs taken out within a year of each other. Hope the cycle ends here!

    • Meaghan July 25, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      I had some kind of test at an ER a few months ago, the doctor said my gall bladder was “happy as a clam.”

  4. Shirley Sotona July 25, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    How awful! I hope they can figure out what’s wrong and it can be resolved! Given the cyclic nature of the problem, I have to ask: Do you have sinus problems or did the stomach problems start within a few weeks after a cold, flu, or sinus infection? A staph infection in the sinuses sometimes causes cyclic stomach flu-type symptoms due to siinus drainage down your throat carrying the staph to your stomach. By the time the stomach reacts, the sinus infection usually seems to be over, so the connection is missed. Anyway, I just felt I should mention this since I’ve known two people with mysterious once-a-month “stomach bugs” that turned out to be staph infections. I hope your stomach issue resolves soon!

    • Meaghan July 25, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      I don’t know about my sinuses but I’ve had two terrible staph infections of the skin in the past year. Imagine a tiny scratch turning into a huge crater, deep enough to put your thumb in and weeping pus, overnight. The first got into two places, on my chin and under my eye, and didn’t fully heal for weeks. The second was by my nose. Both left scarring which is likely to be permanent.

      • Catherine July 26, 2018 / 2:57 am

        Hmm. Possibly worth asking Dr. Perhaps Shirley is on to something. Thinking of you.

      • Shirley Sotona August 1, 2018 / 12:38 pm

        Meaghan, that’s awful! I’ve had staph infections of the skin before, but never that bad! They’re not fun. If those infections were close in time to the stomach issues, you may want to ask your doctor to rule out staph as the cause of your stomach issues. It’s hard to get them to do nasal swabs these days, but maybe he or she would be willing to try a course of antibiotics. Don’t expect them to be familiar with what I described. I learned it because years ago I worked with severely autistic teenagers, most of whom would scratch and some would bite when they tantrumed. Needless to say, my fellow teachers and I learned a lot about staph and strep and cellulitis in all their manifestations!

        Please forgive me for a long post, but maybe if I share what I’ve seen of this, you can see if it might be a possible cause of your problem or maybe it will help someone else. I suspect this is a fairly common but unrecognized problem. The first person I saw it in was a fellow teacher (of severely autistic teenagers) who was scratched on the face and arm by one of her students. The scratches developed staph infections (not as bad as yours!). The staph infections eventually cleared up, and shortly after that, she came down with a cold/sinus infection. The cold mostly cleared up, though she still had some post-nasal drip. About a week after the cold cleared up, she got a bad stomach “flu” for three days. The stomach flu cleared up, but about three weeks later, she got the nausea and vomiting and stomach pain again for three days. This continued for several months; every three weeks, she’d get a stomach “flu” for three or four days. She’d get the sniffles in the interim and had some post-nasal drip, but it was mild, and she attributed it to allergies. I doubt anyone would have figured out what was going on with her had the staph infection not eventually become systemic, causing her to break out in tiny blisters from head to foot. When she was treated for the staph, her post-nasal drip and stomach problems disappeared. Her doctor told her the staph infection had gotten into her sinuses and lingered there. As the staph load increased, and her sinuses fought it, the drainage from her sinuses carried the staph to her stomach. When the staph burden was high enough, her stomach reacted. Her body fought the infection down but couldn’t eradicate it entirely. The staph would start building up again, and the cycle would repeat.

        Years later I had a newly hired employee who kept missing almost a week of work every three weeks. She told me she kept getting “the flu and the stomach flu.” I asked her if the sinus problems preceded the stomach problems. Yep! I told her what I told you and suggested she ask her doctor to rule out staph. A few days later her doctor called me, thinking I was another doctor…lol!…to thank me for my help and because he was curious about my specialty and wanted to know how on earth I figured out what was wrong with her. A nasal swab had indicated that she did, indeed, have a staph infection. This is why I suspect the problem is fairly common and largely unrecognized: Her doctor was an otolaryngologist, and he told me he was embarassed and horrified at how many patients he’s had with those symptoms that he hadn’t done anything for because he didn’t recognize what was going on. He said he sees that pattern all the time, and it just never occurred to him nor was he taught about it. He kept repeating that he has a lot of patients with that pattern of symptoms. Anyway, my employee’s problems were resolved. A few years later, a family member got a bad cold followed a few weeks later by a horrendously bad stomach bug. She had cyclic stomach problems for almost a year. Her doctor scoffed at the notion it was staph, but when another doctor finally gave her the proper antibiotics almost 9 months later (for something else, actually), the stomach issue finall went away. Again, sorry for the long post, and this may not be what’s going on with you, but maybe this will help someone. (If this is too long, please feel free to delete it!)

  5. Vincent July 25, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Get well soon, Meaghan. We all love you. You are the greatest!

  6. whereaboutsstillunknown July 26, 2018 / 12:37 am

    I noticed you said every three weeks. I’m not sure how long each lasts, but could it be related to the dreaded time of the month?

    • Meaghan July 26, 2018 / 9:13 am

      I’m looking into that. This time my period started the day the nausea stopped. I can’t remember if it did last time, it might have.

  7. Sonya July 26, 2018 / 1:01 am

    That sounds horrible. I hope they find out what is causing it soon.

  8. Mion July 26, 2018 / 1:39 am

    You just don’t get a break from health troubles, do you? Nausea is the worst.

    Could you have possibly developed an allergy/intolerance to some ingredient(s) you were able to handle before? I suddenly developed an allergy to most normal shower products with no warning and can only handle hypoallergenic soaps and baby products now. Have you gotten an allergy test or tried logging everything you eat and drink to see if something (or multiple somethings) is triggering you? Does it seem to come most often around the time of your period?

    Also… have you tried 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕚𝕛𝕦𝕒𝕟𝕒marijuana to help with the nausea? It won’t cure you, but it could help make your flare-ups more bearable. Wish you lived in Miami so I could hook you up with that danky dank

    • Meaghan July 26, 2018 / 9:09 am

      My boyfriend is a teacher. Weed is still very illegal in Indiana. He will not have it in his home and would throw me out if I brought it in.

  9. Jack Joe July 26, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    I had similar issues for years and years that would pop up like the problems you described in clusters.

    Did upper/lower G.I. tests.
    Nothing. “Was all in my head” they’d tell me

    Finally I entered a hospital e.r. (Kaiser) with a syringe in my hand and said “attention. attention please!” “I’m not here for YOUR pidly-squat pain meds as you can see I’ve found my own but I am a Kaiser Member – I am SICK – Please, please will someone give a sh*t!”

    Now I don’t recommend bringing in illegal opiates in a syringe… But it was the crazy-move that FINALLY made them do the test for rocks in my gallbladder and not only were there rocks but a tear lealonh gallbladder acid all over the place and Reason for The Worsened Pain, Vomiting, difficulty Swallowing due to holes in throat from reflux.
    They said Gallbladder Issues USUALLY involvethe 4 Rs: Female, Fair, Fat, and something else… and usually older than 27 yrs old.
    So when you suffer from something that is Not Usual, it will often go untested… plus the very fact of Frequent Hospital Visits tell MANY DOCTORS You are showing Drug Seeking Behavior.

    Good Luck though you keep pushing for an answer – and 1. Exaggerate your symtoms (or they assume it’s colitus or some other general problem) and see IF gallbladder problems run in yoyr family..
    Or just say someone had problems to have the doxtors rule it out.

    • Brandi July 28, 2018 / 2:13 am

      Forty, that’s the missing F word 😂 I only remember because they said I wasn’t the right age.

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