I am sixteen years old and have had severe abdominal pain for as long as I can remember. :cry: However, I went on a school Music Tour to Germany and Austria in March/April 2006 and picked up a very bad Dysentery bug with Cerebritis (inflammation of the brain) in Austria. Since then, I have had endless medical problems (especially with my abdomen) and was eventually diagnosed with Lupus in December 2006.
I have the worst Irritable Bowel Syndrome that my doctors have ever seen and suffer from chronic, SEVERE constipation, which alternates with Dysentery. I have had problems with faecal loading (sorry! ops since they picked it up on a X-Ray when I was six years old. They pretty much ignored it though, until I was in Grade Seven (2003). My stomach had not worked properly for two weeks and one day, I passed out in the school bathroom from the pain! It was my UROLOGIST who eventually discovered the problem after the fainting episode because my colon tends to sit on my bladder and causes me endless bladder trouble.
Last year, the abdominal pain became unbearable and we discovered the same problem (again, my Urologist discovered it). I was hospitalised on New Year's Eve due to severe faecal loading; it was so bad that I hadn't been able to eat anything for three days without bringing up!
In November 2006, I was in Hospital and they discovered the severe faecal loading on an X-Ray because I was complaining of terrible abdominal pain. My Specialist Physician was convinced that I had Crohn's Disease - it's in my family - (or at least Ulcerative Colitis). So, I had a Colonoscopy and all that they found was an ulcer in my transverse colon. So much for the Crohn's theory!
I was also born with an enlarged spleen and lately, it has been causing me the most atrocious pain! However, it works fine and abdominal ultrasound scans show no problems, apart from the fact that it is quite enlarged.
I am going to see a Gastroenterologist because most of my doctors are puzzled and don't really know what to do. I am on the most unbelievable amount of medication to get my colon to work!
So now, I am permanently suffering from severe abdominal pain and my doctors don't know what to do! I also have Celiac Disease, which causes problems in my small bowel.
I also get nausea with the pain and I often have oedema (fluid retention) too. The oedema is the worst and makes me so ill that I almost begin to cry because I cannot sleep! My faeces are either black with blood, extremely pale or grey! My Specialist Physician sent a faecal sample away to the lab., but apart from the blood, it came out clear.
I wish that I could help you because I understand what you are going through. Have your doctors considered Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.) yet? As odd as it sounds, it can cause the most terrible pain!
Have you seen a Gastroenterologist yet?