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I'm a 25-year-old female with a history of pancreatic cysts and who has broken several bones mysteriously doing everyday activities. Otherwise, I've been healthy. My family has a strong history of breast cancer, colon cancer, and diabetes. I'm overweight, and dieting. I have lost 40 pounds in the past year. I'm a vegetarian, if that's relevant. I used to smoke, but I quit months before this started, and I'm a light drinker.
Back in August, I started vomiting daily after lifting a heavy box while moving. I also started having about 6 bowel movements a day, most of which are not solid and are black/coffee ground consistency and/or have blood on the surface. I figured it was stress, but I went to the doctor anyway, fearing more pancreatic cysts. This was quickly ruled out with an ultrasound. I had also been feeling dizzy in addition to the vomiting, and having horrific headaches. My doctor ordered an MRI of my brain, which came back normal.
They also drew blood to test for thryoid problems, since my grandmother has them and so do many extended family members. That also came back negative, but I did show anemia and was low on blood, but not low enough for a transfusion. The day those results came back, I had blacked out for a few seconds at work and the doctor urged me to go to the ER. They treated me for a presumed ulcer, but I got steadily worse. I couldn't get in to see a GI for awhile, so I returned to the ER when I could not keep any food down, but the doctor there laughed at me when I told him I had gained 5 pounds in a day in spite of the vomiting and said that was "unlikely" even when I assured him I was not lying, but he ordered a CT scan that he said came back clear. The results proved my retroperitoneal lymphnodes were swollen. I've been having lower back pain, which might be related.
When I did get to see the GI, they ran blood test results to test my gallbladder function, and test for a variety of ailments. The only thing that came back was an Immunoglobulin A deficiency.
He also ordered an endoscopy, which showed I have a hiatal hernia and gastroparesis. They found a polyp in my small intestine, which was benign. I had a nuclear medicine test done on my gallbladder too, and that showed that my gallbladder is functioning at an above normal rate.
My GI seems intent on the idea that it's caused by my gallbladder, and wants me to have it removed, but none of the results indicate it. He has ignored my questions about the internal bleeding, the crushing pain in my lower back, and the diarrhea.
I'm currently being treated with: Reglan, Citalopgram, Pantoprazole, and Dicyclomine.
My blood level is still low. I take multivitamins with Iron in them, since iron pills tend to make me sick, but they are not helping. My GP gave me iron shots a couple times, but their help was fleeting. The Reglan seems to be making my appetite go through the roof, and since I started, my stomach has begun backing up into my throat, and it often feels as though there are sharp objects in it, like glass.
A friend recommended that I try glucose tablets to help with the dizziness, and they do help for a very short while.
Please, any information would help. I'm particularly scared since one test read that they had been unable to rule out cancer, and my doctor has been refusing to do a colonoscopy. This has cost me my job, and I have become suicidal and depressed as a result. I'm afraid I will never get better.
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