Husband Has Abdominal Pain, Vomiting, Diarrhea of Unknown Cause

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My husband has been sick for about a month now since we came back from our honeymoon in New Orleans. His stomach was bothering him some, so he didn't come to Thanksgiving with my family. He seemed to be fine until last Wednesday or so. He began to have some abdominal cramping and vomiting. This continued into Thursday. He was a little better Friday and went to a movie. Saturday we went to have Christmas with my grandma, and we ate some enchiladas she made that didn't taste all that great. For breakfast, we had meat market tacos. For dinner, we were bad and had Taco Bell. 

BAM! Sunday, my husband has severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. It was bad enough that we went to the First Choice ER. They gave him an IV, anti-nausea meds, and Dilodid for pain. They did a CT with contrast. The CT ruled out a blockage, gall stones (his gallbladder has been removed), bile build up, appendicitis, etc. However, it did find a fat-containing right inguinal hernia (we had no earthly idea), a fatty liver, and a cyst on his right kidney as well as multiple kidney stones (which we knew about from his last ER visit for a kidney stone). He is 31 years old. 

It's Monday night, and he is still in pain. He can barely keep anything down. He managed to keep down a few bites of grits and a few bites of a banana. That's really all he has had since he puked up broth this morning. He hasn't been able to go to work because of the pain. 

They prescribed him pain pills and anti-nausea medicine, and it seems to help for just a little while. 

Unfortunately, the people at First Choice couldn't be bothered to really answer my questions, especially about the hernia. I figured maybe that's what could be causing his pain, although that seems a stretch because he describes his pain as between his diaphragm and belly button that sometimes shoots out to the sides. 

They told us to follow up with a primary care physician and a gastroenterologist; however, we do not have health insurance anymore because it was ungodly expensive and it was terrible through our jobs. 

Any idea what this could be? I have researched viral infections, giardia, H. pylori, all that stuff. I'm just not completely sold on anything. 

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    Oh, I forgot to mention that the physician told him, "Maybe you just ate something bad." 

    Seems like it had to be pretty bad to me for him to be in this much pain. 

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    Hi ashkey71150

    Stick to bland foods nothing rich or spicey, no fried or greasy foods or fizzy drinks, alcohol or citrus fruit. Have fish, chicken some red meat some veggies and salads. No spicey dressings. Have water or warm milk and honey. It is probably the rich and spicey foods that has caused the pain and vomiting. You will have to see a doc to check out the best wishes..

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