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Hi all, and thanks for this forum. I’m 65 y/o...had gastric and duodenal ulcers with several bad bleeds about 30+ years ago. Had surgery and no further troubles with ulcers, only an occasional gastritis flare. 4 years ago had a routine colonoscopy which showed some diverticulosis and a few small, benign polyps. Never have had any GI symptoms in last 4 years. Now this past week I initially just didn’t feel well...vaguely nauseated, abdomen a bit tender...thought I just had a “bug” and it would pass. Then last Tuesday I came home from work early, feeling weak and very nauseated. Threw up dark blood and clots, followed by tarry diarrhea with some red blood in it. Went to the ER and was admitted to our small community hospital...dehydrated, hgb 9. Given IV fluids and taken for EGD Wednesday morning...which was “normal” with a biopsy taken. About 2 hours after the EGD had more bloody diarrhea....was running temp of 99-100 through all of this and lower abdomen was getting more tender. So my internal med doc called the GI doc back for a colonoscopy that afternoon. Unfortunately the GI doc was on his way out of town so they decided to watch me...hgb reported as 10, 9, then 8. The next morning my internal med doc came in and complained to me that my symptoms of vague pain and nausea “didn’t help him.” He then put in a call to a different GI doc and basically told him that I had a dx of diverticulosis from 4 years ago and he didn’t think I needed to be scoped again now. (My hospital room was right across from the nurses station and I could overhear his conversation.) He decided to feed me and watch me. This morning the nurse came in after the 6am hgb to tell me it had fallen to 7 and I was to be transfused. An hour after that my internal med doc came in and said my hgb was actually 9 and I was “stable” and he was discharging me to follow up with him in a week and the 1st GI doc in 2 weeks. And he was sending me home on Cipro and Flagyl. So now I’m home...still feel weak, a bit dizzy on standing, still vaguely nauseated and still with some lower abdominal tenderness. I’m not sure of what to make of my experiences this past week...don’t really feel a lot of confidence in what I’m being told but don’t know what else I can do...this hospital and doctors are the only ones in any reasonable distance. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I should cope/manage things?
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