Emergency Room 2x in the last week...I'm over it!!!

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I posted a few days back about how I bad I was feeling and the s****y time I was having, which I went to the Emergency Room for once again. I don't have insurance or a primary care doctor so the E.R is my only option right now but anyway...I HATE going!!! Unfortunately I have been in my local E.R. enough that most of the doctors and nurses have seen me at least once if not a few times and thankfully for the most part they are great BUT some are not so great. I always have my own issues and insecurities about going back and about how they are going to just chalk it up to me being crazy or a drug seeker or whatever you want to call it. So I do my very best to stay away as long as I can. This week I haven't been so lucky...twice in 4 days...uggg!!! And if I'm honest I really feel like I should be there now!!! I have been having horrible chest, back, and epigastric pain and diarhhea w/ rectal bleeding off and on forever now and it just seems to keep getting worse. I am super focused on it right now because my heart rate and blood pressure are super low for me anyway. I can't seem to stop fixating on it because of my physical symptoms. They did blood work and a chest x-ray the first visit and said everything looked fine so they sent me home. Now mind you I was still in pain the whole time and went home still in pain as well. Once again they said they don't know what it is but gave me a few options, mainly stomach related. And then 3 days later I was back again, the pain did not get any better during those days, it actually got worse. I started having sharp tearing pains in my belly as well as a lot of pressure in my epigastric region, so much so that it went through to my back and felt like my spine was being pushed out of my back from the pressure I'm assuming. So I went back, they ran more blood tests and did a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis. The doctor came and told me everything looked great...like always!!! So why do I feel like I'm dying all the time, why do I feel like I have one of those little aliens inside me just waiting to bust out at any second all the while clawing up my insides??? This doctor said maybe I had IBS or chostochondritis but she of course didn't really know either. That I need to follow up with a GI doctor and a cardiologist and a primary doctor...all things I cannot afford to do so I go around and around and around with this. Living in this nightmare called my life. I feel like a prisoner in my own body and am constantly scared that they are missing something. That they just have to be missing something. I have been diagnosed with GERD/acid reflux, a sliding hiatal hernia, pernicious anemia, and I had my gallbladder yanked out in the early 2000s. I have been diagnosed with anxiety, I have been treated for anxiety, I have been in and out of therapy and off and on meds for over 20 years. I have NEVER been rid of these pains and horrible symptoms, NEVER. I have gone through times where I felt okay, just okay enough to basically grin and bear it and not go running to the E.R. for a hot minute but never "normal" or not in pain. As I sit here typing this my chest hurts, I feel horrible, and I want to just peel my own skin off and walk out of my body but that isn't how this works. I have to stay, stuck in this hell, in this nightmare I can't wake up from. I am writing this more for myself, to get it out, because I know there is nothing anyone here can do for me realistically. I'm just having a melt down at the moment because I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and not knowing what is really going on and what is really going on with my body. I have been told multiple times what it is NOT and given thousands of guesses as to what it could be but never ever gotten relief. I have been told I might have chostochondritis, fibromyalgia, a questionable thyroid (but not enough to treat), possible IBS. I have been seen by all kinds of specialists multiple times, been scoped up and down 3 times and even had a heart cath in 2012. All normal...well that is awesome but I am still in pain on a daily basis...so knowing what isn't wrong doesn't help me one bit. UGGG!!!

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    I'm so sorry you're going through all of this. I just want to put something out there in my own experience. It is a long shot but if worse comes to worse and you are running out of options after ruling many things out, I would recommend going to a functional MD/holistic prac. It costs more money but it is well worth it if you find the right one. 

    GUT problems can cause problems in other parts of your body— especially the chest. Everybody reacts differently. For me– I've had chest discomfort and many other symptoms coming and going or some staying. I have had reflux, H PYLORI (a stomach bacteria), which when treated, reduced symptoms, pain in my body, including chest symptoms and I was not soo lethargic as before. 

    But H Pylori is just one of the few bacterias or parasites that may be in your stomach causing body inflammation. As well as giving you GI symptoms and slowly draining your body of your nutrients which then cause more random symptoms. A holistic practitioner can evaluate that and give you a lot more attention and time than normal doctors. I am a lot better than I used to be but am still treating now. 

    My suggestion is maybe to research that or even magnesium to see if anything matches, or if it could help your overall health and stress levels in general because many people lack on Magnesium. 

    Best wishes, and stay positive!

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      Thanks for your reply!!! I will look into the magnesium thing. As far as a holistic doctor, that would be awesome, it just isn't in my non-existent budget currently. Not unlike any other type of regular healthcare. I am trying to find an income based local clinic or something but so far I have had no luck. 

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      It really is! It is still stressing sometimes but before I was chasing around answers for a long while too only to be disappointed each and every time whilst still suffering. XRAYS MRIS and everything. That is until I discovered several problems I had as soon as I met with a holistic doc and I felt assured again. They have a good outlook of things. Maybe look into a good functional MD that is also a GP, so you can be covered in consultations, I think you may need to pay for several tests though if needed. But if not hopefully you find somewhere in your price range, I hope you figure it out ASAP!
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    Hi Racheld1975, I read your post and feel for you.  I think this happens to alot of us and we just don't know who to see about it.  One thought I had was to go to medical school, become a doctor and figure it out myself (seriously I did think this.)   You'll find someone who will be able to help you.  I pound my head trying to figure out why my foot and hand are falling asleep when I know darn well it's a side effect of a blood pressure medication or just a nerve and yet it feels like i'm having an allergic reaction to something...I did learn this:  I always feel better when I'm with someone so it might be key to have someone to do things with or even think about a emotional support dog/animal...my sister has one and she just loves him; he brings her comfort and everyone she comes in contact with loves him too...sometimes our nerve endings are just over sensitive and we feel every little pain not that your pain isn't real...i just found that diverting our daily routine does help us to focus elsewhere.  What about possible diverticulitis ?  Stay away from seeds, skins and strings as in string beans and I do believe there are other foods to stay away from...I bet a chiropractor can help you; never know or the all natural type doctor...Much luck and hope the pain goes away...smile  You've been thru hell so I understand why you're venting...smile

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    Racheld, I'm so sorry to hear you have been through this. I also had been thru some hard times similar to yours. Had been acid reflux, gastric that radiated down to the right of my stomach and upper back, and having digestion issue too. all this had been almost 4 months now. Stabbing chest pain for 2 years too. It had a sharp pain poking sometimes on my left chest and sometimes on my right. my sternum also often get sore and produce this small clicking sound when I twist. Feels stress and anxiety because of it. Couldn't get an answer too.  

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      Thank you for your response. I hope you are feeling better. I myself just left the E.R once again with no real answers. The doctor was kind of a jerk about how there could be so many things wrong with me but they will never be able to tell me what. That I need a regular doctor, well I know that!!! I am still in horrible pain as I sit here feeling like my heart is about to stop any second but thanks for telling me that much doc!!! UGGG!!! 
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