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#1 barefut

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 07:36 AM

Good morning all,

I've been having some sharp upper abdominal pains and continuing IBS even with probiotics. I guess its probably time I at least call my gastro.

My uper GI study back in April was good. Could anything change that much in 6 months?

Anybody else have the same pains? I did once have a BM that looked like coffee grounds but have not worried too much about it since it was just once. I have no weight loss.

What are your thoughts?

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:16 AM

Hi Barefut
can I just ask what is a BM thanks Lynn

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 09:29 AM

BM = bowel movement.
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 09:48 AM

I would call my dr just to be safe ... Somewhere in my reading I read just that description - coffee grounds - but I can't remember! Never hurts to give a ring!
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 10:24 AM

Hi Barefut, I'm having similar GI problems. Seems to go in turns as to whether is the upper or lower portion playing up. At the moment is the lower , with frequent attacks of colic and other nasty symptoms hence this weeks Ba enema. In all probability is IBS but I and doctors keen to rule out anything more sinister. What amazes me is the variation in upper GI symptoms which go from pretty bad reflux and pain to absolutely fine. It can vary from one week or even one day to the next and I haven't been able to discern any particular factor such as what I've eaten/drunk or stress.
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 10:38 AM

Hi Barefut,

I've been told that "coffee grounds" looking BM equals blood in the stool. I wouldn't mess around with this, or ignore it. See your doctor and get checked! Even if it was ONLY once.

That's an order!!! :P

Did I scare ya' yet? Seriousl, though, better safe than sorry.
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 03:26 PM

Barefut,
When I had my major GI bleed I have coffee grounds. Have you had black stools too? You should call your GI and get a stool sample to him. I would also get a hemoglobin check.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 10:05 AM

Barefut, let us know what you happen to find out?

I have something kind of like that going on and have, for quite some time. On Wednesday PM, I'm scheduled for an abdominal ultrasound... I don't know what it could even show. Anyone else have one of these done?

(BTW, right after the AB US, I'm sceduled for a thyroid fine needle aspiration).

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 11:32 AM

Just spoke to my gastro doctor's nurse and she said she thinks he will say to come on in. I will look at my calendar and make an appt. <_<

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 11:31 PM

Good morning sister Suzie. I am sending good vibes your way. I hope your ultra sound gives you the information you need concerning your stomach problems. Also hope the aspiration relieves any discomfort you are having with thyroid issues. Hopefully, the liquid removed will pass inspection. I will be thinking of you and your family on Wednesday. Sheryl
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Posted 23 October 2007 - 02:31 AM

Barefut,
That sounds good! Let us know what you find out and take care of yourself.
Nan

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 04:33 AM

Hi barefut,
I can't remember if you said that you had past liver issues, or anemia. These things should be watched closely especially if you have those kinds of BM's. I am so glad that your doctor called you in for a closer look!
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Posted 23 October 2007 - 12:09 PM

Hi Sheryl! I so appreciate the good vibes you sent over... they got here perfectly :rolleyes:

Hubby and I went to breakfast this morning with a couple we are good friends with.
She asked if I was nervous about tomorrow's tests. I let her know I've learned that it's not good to use up good energy unless it's necessary, as it only makes me tired! :P

Thank you, thank you, Dear Sheryl!

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 02:49 PM

Susie,

Wishing you a good day tomorrow!

Love,
Barefut

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 06:56 PM

I read about the "coffee grounds", but I read it as it applied to urine. That happened when my son's appendix burst. His urine was that of coffee grounds.

I believe the BM movements she is experiencing is that if diarrhea which is somewhat disconcerting when it happens in itself.

I get IBS so bad, I missed a lot of work. With all my medication, I am not supposed to take OTCs for it, but in a pinch and not to miss another day of work, I do take an otc antidiarrheal medication (only half the dose recommended). Works like a charm and I haven't seen any side effects. Do not take the full dose or more than recommended, or you'll run into the next problem in that you will not be able to have any BM.

Learned the hard way......

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 12:15 PM

Whew... that's done, I'm home and both went well. I let hubby know I'd like to leave early, so we did. Luckily, I got called 5 minutes after I got there. The tech told me he was checking my gallbladder, kidneys, liver, etdc and when he was done, let me know that everything looked good. He also mentioned that this eliminates this much, which helps immensely. He said that the report would be to my internist in about 3 days. So, THAT'S good news :D

The young ladies who got me ready for the thyroid fine needle aspiration were great, as was the dr who perfermed the aspiration. It all went without a hitch... they wished me the best with the thyroid. The best news was that I was outta there by 1:20PM... I'm so glad I was able to get done with each appointment early.
Hubby and I were so hungry by the time we got done, that we went and got a bite to eat. The way I ate, one would have thought I hadn't eaten in a week! :P The effect it has on me when I have to fast.

It ws a beautiful day here today, so I'm happy were were able to get out and enjoy it.

Sheryl and Barefut... thank you to you both. I am scheduled to see my internist November 1st... I'll keep you posted on the results!

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:45 AM

Hi Barefut,

How are you feeling now? Are you still having the pain?
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:06 PM

Hi Sweet,

I'm still having pains. My appt is on Tuesday.

I am preparing myself for another round of tests and proceedures...UGH!

Thank you for asking about me :)

Love ya,
Barefut

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:24 PM

I've not stopped thinkin' about you and how you've been feeling, Barefut.
Yup, it usually translates into tests, but if the reason(s) for your pain is discovered, it makes it a bit more bearable for you , I hope... I'm anxiously waiting for your ultimate results and keeping you in my thoughts these next several days.

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 02:57 AM

Susie ~ What a sweetie you are! Thank you. :)

Love,
B