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Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Frances1985, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Hi all. A while ago I had blood tests done after some weight loss, including those for coeliac disease, low iron and thyroid. All came back normal. On Monday I was being sick (probably a bug) and am still not feeling quite right. Every night I have been kept up with bad stomach cramps which, at times, I have felt in my shoulderblades and back. I have stopped being sick and have got back some appetite, but my stomach is being very troublesome. Some have suggested constipation but this is definitely not an issue and never has been!

    I also had a horrible episode today at work during PPA when I was sitting at my computer and went really dizzy and had to stop working for 5 minutes. I felt really wobbly afterwards and was grateful this didn't happen in front of my class. I have been to my GP and, because the blood tests were normal from a while ago, he gave me some anti sickness tablets and sent me on my way. They have got rid of the nausea but the cramps, particularly at night, are just awful and I'm barely getting any sleep. The only thing that gave me some relief last night was codeine.

    Everyone at work has also been commenting on how drained/washed out I look which, for me, is unusual. The Deputy Head even asked whether I should be at work today, but I am managing (just!). I don't particularly want to go back to the GP as they weren't very helpful. We do have a good walk in centre where I live, but am I just wasting my time? Sorry for the rambling post but with 4 weeks to go until the end of term, I'm not sure what to do!
  2. Apologies for lack of paragraphs, keep forgetting I shouldn't post using Chrome!
  3. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    Frances, what advice would you give to a friend in this situation?
    You'd tell them to go back to their GP, wouldn't you?
    There is obviously something wrong. It may be quite minor but it's painful and affecting your life so needs to be sorted out.
    If your GP has no answer then you need to be referred to a specialist. The alternative is to go to your local A&E department tonight if the cramps start again. Ideally, someone needs to see you when you have the pain, rather than just during a GP appointment when you may not be in any pain.
    Take care.
  4. Jo Shmo

    Jo Shmo New commenter

    Hi Frances1985. No, you would not be wasting your time or anyone else's. Get help. If your GP isn't very helpful and there's a Stumble-in centre nearby, I recommend you go. The dizziness might just stem from exhaustion as your body uses all its energy to fight the infection. But it might be something else and I would get it checked out. You don't mention if you've had diarrhoea. If you have, you could be quite dehydrated. I would strongly recommend taking a day off tomorrow and going to the Walk-in centre, especially if it's closed at the weekend. Also, cancel all appointments and give yourself some recovery time.
    Please get help, rest up and let us know how you get on.
  5. Thanks everyone, you're all so lovely and helpful. The cramps aren't always absolutely awful, they seem to come and go in terms of intensity and where they are. Right now I can feel it in my back, whereas at school they were nearer the front! Strange. They seem to be at their worst during the night.
    I haven't, but I have had to go a bit more often than normal. I have already had 2 days off this week, going to try and get through tomorrow and sort myself out at the weekend. I just worry medical professionals would see me as a waste of time, especially as those blood tests came back normal.
  6. Aw thanks dozy how sweet of you! I'll be ok :) Muddled through today at work, managed to hide how I am feeling quite well thanks to paracetamol and gritting my teeth. Pain is mainly in my back today and I am so exhausted and still looking pale and washed out. I have decided that I'm going to go to the walk in centre tomorrow morning when it's quieter and see what they say.
  7. I hope you get some decent help at the walk in centre. It sounds like it could be something to do with your kidneys from what you describe about where the pain is. I know what you mean about being reluctant to speak up to doctors and be assertive with them. I have had severe stomach cramps and nausea pretty much every night for the past 5 years. I got told I have IBS but then got told that I shouldn't be experiencing extreme nausea with IBS. Now they think I have gastric reflux so have told me I have to try 3 months on these new tablets first before they will consider referring me to the hospital. I get so fed up-5 years of pain and everything I've tried has not worked! Anyway, enough about me! I hope you feel better soon.
  8. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    Frances, write it all down and give the piece of paper to the doctor to read. That way you won't forget anything.
    Write down any questions too.
  9. Thanks dozy, you're so kind. I went to the walk in centre today. They were nice but told me to go and see my GP as they think it's a stomach issue. They checked for a urine infection but that was all fine thankfully. I'm going to the theatre next weekend with friends and am already worried my stomach is going to hurt :-/. Feeling a little tearful about it all - no amount of antacids or peppermint tea works. Sigh!
  10. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    So you will be making an appointment first thing on Monday?
    Seriously, Frances, if you are in severe pain then go to A & E and if necessary take an ambulance. This might be something serious but easily curable like gallstones. Don't get fobbed off. Try to be strong enough to insist that they scan your "middle" to see if it is gallstones or kidney stones. The trouble is that if you're in pain, it's difficult to stand up for yourself. I know this might not be the right attitude but you will be seen by a consultant quicker if you go to A & E and get admitted than if you go to the GP and wait for an appointment. If you are in that much pain then I would seriously suggest that you take this route.
    Being in pain when you know what it is, is bad enough but for you not knowing what it is and not being able to do anything about it is bound to upset you and leave you tearful. You need a big hug and someone to nurture you.
    You can't go on worrying about when the pain is going to strike again.
    If it was a member of your family in this much pain you would insist that they did something about it and you'd take them to the hospital or the GP so do the same for yourself.

  11. Glad she is ok now dozy, you must have been so worried. Vannie - I have just googled H Pylori and my symptoms are pretty similar. Will definitely mention that to the GP when I see him/'her. Thank you.
  12. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Just hope you get it sorted. I managed to lose about 2 stone because I simply wasn't able to eat anything comfortably. Couldn't enjoy it though because I felt so vile. Now it's (mostly) gone back on and I can eat what I like. Good luck - it's just a simple blood test and if it is H Pylori it's easy sorted!
  13. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    You should go back to your GP and insist on a referral to a gastrointestinal specialist. Our daughter had similar symptoms and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. It's debilitating but can be managed well with medication. Whatever is making you ill you need to find out.
  14. Thanks Gardening. I'll definitely suggest that. I don't feel as bad as I did yesterday but after eating normally today I can sense that I'll be up during the night with another stomach ache! Like I said, though, I definitely think things have been exacerbated by the sickness bug I had last week. The only thing that concerns me is that because my blood tests were normal (they tested for thyroid, coeliac, iron and did a full blood count), they won't refer me...
  15. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    I think because the bloods were negative they'll have to refer you

    I'm on my iPhone so only doing short posts
  16. Thanks dozy, I have been managing ok at school by leaving early and doing marking at home instead of in my classroom. I have had 2 rotten mouth ulcers over the past few days. Actually looking forward to the doctors point meant to get this all off my chest!
  17. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    Oh Frances, just what you need. Mouth ulcers are horrible, aren't they?
  18. Point meant?? Haha that was iPad autocorrect! That should have said appointment! Mouth ulcers aren't pleasant, I can only eat on one side with this one!
  19. Update! Saw a lovely doctor today who is new to the practice. She has given me medicine called Mebeverine which is used to treat IBS. However, she also booked a blood test for me to check for inflammatory markers (not checked in last blood test where everything was normal) which could signal inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis. She also said to come back and see her in a month to see how I am. Feeling relieved that something is being done!
  20. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    Frances, my mum had Ulcerative Colitis. There were times when she was doubled up in pain and she had bowel problems - loose stools and bleeding. ( I don't know why I didn't think of this when you mentioned your symptoms)
    It was pretty well controlled by diet but any anxiety would trigger an "attack". She also had something called Predsol Enema which she used when she was very unwell. She was the sort of person who would get upset by things and was put on Librium when she first developed UC and stayed on it for about 20 years I believe.
    I was brought up from the age of four being told not to upset mummy because if I did she would, "get sick and go to hospital and die". Pretty scary for a child.
    If it turns out to be this then you just need to be aware of the triggers and you should be able to keep in under control.


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