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Oluwa
12-11-2007, 10:53 AM
Sheesh..it is happening again. I don't want to go to the hospital again.

I am waiting a call from my doctor to see if I was tested for Celiac Disease or Lactose Intolerance. From my Internet research I don't think I was. I don't think it is the Cymbalta though.

Aside from the standard symptoms listed at websites, they seem so general. If, anyone has either can you please describe your symptoms for me..thank you.

I am sorry...I know this maybe too much info..but egads..er..ugh.. here goes mine...

Nausea to the point at times I vomit. Followed by dry heaves that I end up looking like a racoon from broken capillaries.

Grumbling and sloshing noise inside my stomach and intestines as if a flood gate was opened.

Warning...Gross..Diarrhea...whole undigested, not in any shape, form or color of a BM. Literally, it is the food I ate. Doesn't matter type of food I ate. Citrus, greens or meat. Other times pale white or greenish and like melted ice cream.

Gas that is not of this world. I can't even stand myself at times and times it is like natural gas that heats the house. I could have sworn we had a gas leak. Nope, it was me.

Stomach bloat and lower abdomen bloat. Very hard and big that you can see the protrusion sticking out past my ribs. When in the lower area I look like I am pregnant. Not all the time...seems like there is no pattern to it with food.

Extremely tired, different than Lupus fatigued. Maybe the tiredness is from the Cymbalta. My mind is tired. Hard to get my thoughts jazzed. Not sedated like, just mental exhaustion as though I studied for exams all night.

Starting today no more milk products or oats and see how that goes. I thought I have omitted all the wheat for years but I will have to do a recheck. It is everywhere. Maybe I am missing one of the binders, extenders or something.

Any thoughts?

Embarrassed...sigh. :oops:
Oluwa

hatlady
12-11-2007, 12:35 PM
Oluwa,

Many hugs - though I'm not so sure I want to get that close! (sorry, couldn't resist)

What is going on in your gut does NOT sound like "normal" diarrhea, nor does it sound like lactose intolerance. You need to talk to your doctor - and quickly!

Please keep us posted - but CALL THE DOCTOR!

Oluwa
12-11-2007, 01:35 PM
Ah that is funny, Hatlady. Imagine being me... I have to flee. Run from room to room carrying a can of Glade.

Thank you for the hug.

No word from the doctor yet. I suppose after his day is done, 5PM.

I sit and wait.
Oluwa

Pretti in Pink
12-11-2007, 02:39 PM
Prayers going out to you- this sounds like an awful experience. I hope you get a call back soon and some resolution.

SonyaLA
12-11-2007, 04:49 PM
Ouch Oluwa!

..and no need to feel embarrassed. We are family, and family just giggles when bodily functions interrupt.

I hope the doc called before 5pm so you do not have to wait another day.

I'm sure it is not a simple as IBS, but it does sound similiar. My mother had it, back when they called it 'spastic colon'.... and there was a reason they called it spastic! I can remember sitting in a restaraunt waiting on my poor mom to come out of the bathroom because she just lost everything she just ate. As a kid, I couldn't understand how that happened so quickly.... and then, there was the time my dad jerked the van over to the curb and we vacated to the side of the street gasping for air, while my mom sat there red faced.

Maybe you just need a dog...

Sonya

Gisèle
12-11-2007, 06:21 PM
Oh no, Oluwa, that sounds awful!! Please hang in there, this too shall pass. Sending postive thoughts and prayer to you that you will get better very very soon!!

Btw, I love your new avatar! :)

lornak
12-11-2007, 07:13 PM
oluwa,

I had to chime in on this one. I could not resist. but feore I start, forgive me if I misspell things, between the "fog" and swollen hands and fingers, this is not easy as I am sure you know.

I dealt with the same thing for months. and I mean THE SAME thing. mine happened at work thou. :cry:

my dr started to run tests, blood work and such, did test for celtic (sp), which by the way can come back as a false negitive, and I even had 2 colonoscopies (sp?) everythign came back negative, but there I was best friends with the titdy bowl man :wink: I know where every good bathroom is in this city :lol:

I have it under control now by myself. I started to eat only low fat foods, then if that worked, tried differnt protiens, beef, chix,fish, etc. that worked, but wheat was a now go. any form or any type, I can not eat-- I have also found that if I try to eat something that is processed (something that I did not make) I get the same result.

maybe something from my story will help you. and I hope it does. I know what you are going thru and what is going thru you :(

Oluwa
12-11-2007, 08:44 PM
Ooops... excuse me..

You guys are just too kind and funny.

Doctor said I wasn't tested for any of those. I guess they were blindly treating me for a bacteria and dehydration...

Since I don't eat wheat he is sure the tests for Celiac would come back negative. After researching my diet isn't gluten-free though. He suggested I come in for further testing. I am not. I am going to do the elimination diet excluding wheat, gluten and dairy products and see how that goes.

Rye isn't gluten free which I eat. I had a beer, not gluten free. For the last three Sundays I ate communion wafers..contains gluten too..so...hummm.

But I am thinking more lactose intolerance since I eat yogurt, cheeses, butter. But when one changes up a few things at the same time, and you get another symptom it seems so hard to pinpoint it and wonder if it is just Lupus. This has been going on since the end of October.

I'll keep an eye on my fat intake. I really don't ingest any processed foods except ham and fries. Oh, I read fries can contain wheat/gluten..who knew.

My dog farts too. Old.. almost 13. Times I've been blamed when it was her. I asked my husband when accused, you didn't see me sniffing myself first did you?

I thought the avatar was appropriate for my condition. Glad you liked.

Thank you, each of you for your prayers, sympathy and puns. It is all good.

Sleep tight. I hope mine will be uneventful.
Love,
Oluwa

dlavietes
12-12-2007, 03:14 AM
oluwa
I have ahd this happen to me a couple of times. It;s horrable. The gas was so horrable that I started going outside to the garage! I have IBS, but it was deffinitly different. I didn't get tested for it. I thought maybe that it was some kind of flu-mine finally went away. Maybe it's the version of ibs with the flu bug. I hope you get over this soon and feel better.

Take care---
Diana

Saysusie
12-12-2007, 09:35 AM
Oluwa;
Have we talked about Fibromyalgia? The common symptoms of FM are Irritable Bowel Syndrome, whose symptoms are constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain, excessive abdominal gas, and chronic nausea.
Also, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) often occurs with the same high frequency as the other listed symptoms. Also, FM's symptoms include severe fatigue, muscles aches and pains, muscle twitches and burning sensations, memory problems (including confusion), sleep disorders (called the alpha-EEG anomaly), headaches, and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome also known as TMJ or TMD, which causes tremendous jaw-related face and head pain.
Some more common symptoms of Fibromyalgia include: irritable bladder, the feeling of swollen extremities, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth, dizziness, and impaired coordination can occur. Fibromyalgia patients are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, and sometimes even the medications we are prescribed.

Do these symptoms sound like you? If so, ask your doctor about the possibility that you may also have Fibromyalgia!

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

mnjodette
12-12-2007, 08:40 PM
Oh my goodness, Oluwa, it sounds just awful. You have had more than your share of agonies lately. You're a trooper to make jokes about it - and to even find an avatar that matches your condition! But, you need to find a solution - this cannot be good. I hope your own trial-and-error will uncover the foods that may be causing you grief. If not, please press your docs to do more tests. We'll all be sending good thoughts your way.

Jody

Oluwa
12-14-2007, 01:03 PM
We haven't talked about it directly but I have read your posts , Saysusie. I have almost all of the above. I have GERD and today I stopped taking the Protonix. Crossing my fingers it doesn't come back s soon, last time I was off it..it was a doosie. I don't believe I have the pressure points of FMS...or TMJ. Thank you listing all that info.

Jody...joking helps me not to dwell on my situation. But something in my diet, or I should say being without has settle my innards a bit. Living on pears, pork, vegetables and rice. The gurgling is down to a whisper and it seems my food is digesting more. So, I guess I don't have to buy stock in Glade. One more week and I'll see if it clears up completely. If not, after the New Year I'll see a doc out.

Diana, I am leaning towards lactose being the culprit but it could be IBS..I will wait to see if it clears and then changes when I am more foods to my diet.

Everyone...Thank you, thank you for you kind words, prayers and being so thoughtful to post to me on this unpleasant topic....

I see there are posts about the forum that I need to reply to. When the upped dose of Cymbalta levels out I will reply. Right now I feel like Gumby. And will probably write like a sausage...

Enjoy this day.
Oluwa

Missy
12-15-2007, 09:23 PM
Hi Oluwa -

I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you, too, and hoping things get better soon! I can somewhat relate, because I seem to have times with IBS, which can be unpredictable, but yours sounds extreme, compared to what I've had to deal with.

Best Wishes,

Faith
12-15-2007, 11:12 PM
Hi Oluwa,

As always, I love your humor. I am sympathizing as I was in the bathroom for 3-4 hours today. It was long enough; though happily not as long you have been in there as I can only imagine. :oops:

In between upset stomache, gas, nausea, not to mention several other things, Eeeeck!! I dreamed what I would do if I could redo my entire bathroom since I spent soo much time there. lol. I thought, mmm, this is just not big enough and, of course, I envisioned a huge whirlpool tub to soak in when experiencing the fun aches and pains we all commonly experience. It was a whopper of a dream!! Wow; but it was good while it lasted!!

I hope you are feeling better soon. Take care.

Faith

joakris
12-17-2007, 01:15 PM
I too have some of these symptoms and have been really paying attention to what i eat. I have noticed that within 2 hrs ( sometimes even within 30 mins) of eating cheeze i get the bg's ( bubble guts) and have to spend a good 30 mins in the bathroom! I am planning on seeing an alergist.
Is lactose and tolerance common with lupus? and if so can this happen all of a sudden?

Oluwa
12-17-2007, 03:59 PM
Thank you for the well wishes and thinking of me Missy. And Faith for sympathizing with me and caring.

Wow, four hours Faith..did your legs go numb? Mine does after 5 minutes. I think mine is from my back surgeries. So what color scheme are you envisioning for your loo? Maybe your dream is just around the corner. My water closet is just that size a water closet, though the rest of the bathroom is big. I thought to put a small plasma in there, at turlet level.

Joarkis...I think it can happen all of a sudden, but then it may have crept up. You know a little indigestion here, a little poof there. Then whack...

Mine must be lactose intolerance because it just gradually went away since I stopped all dairy. I am thinking how it erupted in October, was when I added a new prescription I had gotten a tummy ache, so I soothed it with milk and then more milk, everyday a glass of milk till...#@!*#@! Not knowing it I kept drinking it, in ice cream form too and it just got worst, unknowing the cause.

Then when I went to the hospital I didn't do dairy...that is why I started to feel better. Sheesh, you think they would have figure it...

So, for now...I have come to the conclusion I have to blame the cow. Gosh, I hope it is the cow.

Joarkis...The following articles is what I read and found to be helpful in myself diagnoses...check it out. The first link is great...

http://www.medicinenet.com/lactose_intolerance/page2.htm
http://www.bchealthguide.org/kbase/topic/mini/hw177971/overview.htm
http://ibdcrohns.about.com/cs/li/a/lactoseintol_2.htm

They do have lactose milk out there I know..haven't checked the other grocer aisles or refrigerators yet...soy can be a subsitute...

I'll let you know if and when I add dairy again and what the outcome was....

Mega Ultrasoft Charmin Rolls...it is a good thing.
Feeling like a million bucks.
Love,
Oluwa

Gisèle
12-17-2007, 05:01 PM
Keep us update, Oluwa! I hope it's just something as simple as lactose intolerance!
Are you feeling better? I feel so bad that you have been going through all of that, stomach problems are awful!
Keep well!! :)

Oluwa
12-17-2007, 05:41 PM
Gisele,

Thank you for the get well wishes.

Feel bad no more...I am fairing so much better, ah so much indeed since stopping all forms of dairy. I also stopped the Protonix, for GERD without being advised. I think it is going to be a wonderful holiday after all.

The rubber feeling has left too. Just like that. One day comatose the next hour clarity. Mental and visually all became sharp and clear. One day I was inhaling all the air from yawning repeatedly, now I have enough oxygen. No more yawnies. Weird how it all folds up neatly and you feel normal again.

I pray for many more wonderful days to come for me and pray for them to come for others or continue.

You keep well too Gisele and thank you for posting to me.

Love,
Oluwa

Pretti in Pink
12-17-2007, 06:28 PM
Oluwa,

Sounds like SHE"S BACK! I am glad to hear to sound (posting) like your old self. I was worried about you. I am a big advocate of listening to your body and yes, doctors have thier respective place (and we do thank GOD for them), but sometimes you have to go with what feels right.

Welcome back to YOU and keep those great post coming, we MISSED you. :wink:

Oluwa
12-18-2007, 12:21 PM
Hi Pretty in Pink,

Thank you for the elated welcome. I hope me, the person I feel in the inside is here to stay with me. It feels great. Like a stinky old gray moth eatened wool blanket was peeled back. With a better attitude it is easier to tote a ailing shell around.

I agree with you, stay in tuned to your body. It tells alot. It was maddening for a spell. New meds, chest pain, digestion going haywire... I was lost for a few. One by one they worked them selves out. Revealed their secrets, the cause and here I am. Sane and very little pain. No more unsettling noises from me.

I haven't added any dairy items as of yet. Once bitten twice shy. Perhaps after the new year starts..to confirm it is indeed da cow. I want to enjoy the season without any annoying interruptions.

Enjoy your afternoon.
Oluwa

mnjodette
12-18-2007, 06:18 PM
Sounds like you are really on the mend, Oluwa. I'm sooo glad! Hope you enjoy your holiday, free of all digestive 'insults!'

(Where DO you find these avatars? That is the cutest, high kickin' santa!)