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#1 maddy08

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 07:35 AM

About two weeks ago I woke up with severe stomach cramps. It was so bad that eventually I had to go to the hospital. The doctor did not know what was wrong and a week later I had to go to my rheumatologist and she could not tell me what was wrong either, not that I expected much as she can normally not answer my questions. Has this happened to anybody else. Although I am fine now I still get stomach pains now and again. This is the first time in the three years since I have had this disease that this has happened to me. Normally I have a very strong stomach.

#2 enjoytheride

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 10:55 AM

Owie owie- I hate that. Trouble is that it can be for so many reasons from bacteria to hormones to a mechanical blockage.

I had them so bad that I actually thought I had a heart attack. It was not uncommon for me to walk slightly bent over for days. They gradually got better with the hydroxychloroquine I'm taking. Also, I started taking famotidine at prescription strength and that helped too.

I never knew what was caused it but I do know if I missed the famotidine, they come back so maybe they are due to GERD??

Taking small meals more frequently helped too.

There was about 4 years of this before I got the attention of a doctor who was willing to try to help- so if they don't resolve for you soon, checking them out with a gastroenterologist would be an option. Even if they can't tell what's wrong, there should be things to try.
I hope that you get relief soon. (((hugs)))

#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 11:03 AM

Hello Maddy

I would have thought that some tests would have been arranged to find out the cause of the cramps, if your rheumatologists didn't know the cause they should have tried to find it out. You may wish to consider seeing a scleroderma expert?

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 07:24 AM

I would think tests are in order too...and I would not rule out requesting a colonoscopy...it is really hard to pin down that type of widespread pain without tests. Better to have them and rule things out one by one I would think?
Sending good wishes your way!