E.R. again for gut problems
Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:47 PM
I ended up in the emergency room for the second time in a month yesterday for stomach pain and violent vomiting. They gave me IV fluids and several drugs to stop the vomiting. I was also shivering and shaking as if I was freezing, though I was not. Has that happened to any of you? They always ask if I am cold and I say no, I do not know why I am shaking like this! I had terrible pain in my spine, neck and head, it felt like so much pressure in my head. My blood pressure was dropping really low, they thought from being dehydrated maybe. I had no fever though, I never get a fever.
It is kind of scary because even the doctors at the hospital don't seem to know much about this disease or what to do for it. They almost gave me a drug that stops intestinal contractions and I asked if that was a good idea for scleroderma, so they checked and changed their minds and gave me one that helped food move through faster instead.
I'm not sure if this is a pseudo-blockage? All I know is my guts seem to have just stopped working. After some weeks my body just goes nuts trying to empty itself out?
Today I am glad to be home and finally strong enough to get up and to feel hungry and eat again, even if just baby food.
Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:24 AM
Hoping you have a better day.
Posted 04 January 2010 - 07:59 PM
My rheumatologist says I am going to need a complete G.I. workup and I am not looking forward to it.
Posted 05 January 2010 - 12:52 PM
I am sorry to hear you are having such problems. I hope you are able to find a cause and treatment some time soon.
Posted 05 January 2010 - 01:21 PM
I'm sorry you are having GI problems. The work-ups aren't pleasant, but the alternatives to not pin-pointing the problem and getting the proper treatment can be so much worse.
I remember reading a description years ago of the human body being one big 'tube'. I don't think I really appreciated the description until scleroderman GI complications made me all too aware of how true it is.
Here's hoping you both get through the tests and on to the treatment and have good results.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 02:44 PM
Hi Linda...I'm a little late chiming in...sure hope your procedure went well today and that we hear back from you soon!
Posted 05 January 2010 - 04:47 PM
But the longest this has happened with me so far is two to three hours. Sometime followed by diarrhea.
Your problem does sound a lot worse. I went to the urgent care with this one time because I thought it might be a heart attack or something but they came up with nothing. So now I just put up with my acquaintance with the bathroom floor.