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Hello hello, Male, 25, US, 190lbs, 5'11", white
So beginning around 2005 I have had a "stomach episode" on average once a year, some years not having a problem, probably about 8-10 "stomach episodes" since '05. The pain is really all over the entire abdomen. I am a hypochondriac who has NOT googled anything regarding this, thank GOD.
In middle school and high school, my GI doctor chalked it up to a stomach migraine caused by nitrates in processed food, such as pork. I asked my mom yesterday and she said they determined that from a barium drink/X-ray test, to my recollection in '07-'08.
So I've had this happen since then. Ended up in the ER maybe 3 or 4 times, most recently two weeks ago. I started on a Saturday afternoon, subsided that evening and came back that night until 2:30 a.m. That Sunday was fine, and it came back Monday night and I decided to hit up the ER. ER said blood work was fine. They referred me to a GI.
I saw the GI yesterday. He recommended a colonoscopy and endoscopy, so I am having that in two weeks. He said because this has been going on so long he doesn't suspect cancer (of course any mention of that and my anxiety is through the roof!) He said he was thinking Chrohn's or a narrowing in my intestine that causes food/matter to back up temporarily. ER doctor thought it sounded like an ulcer or something.
No blood in my stool or vomit, have felt fine since my ER visit. Vomiting sometimes makes the pain less I have noticed. I can have a BM about 2-4 times a day. Not usually fully solid, maybe soft is the term to describe, nothing like diarrhea unless I eat a salad because those usually run through me.
Anyone out there experience anything similar? Any suggestions from doctors or anyone? Any follow up questions from anyone?
I am a nervous wreck when it comes to medical things and I am TERRIFIED they'll find cancer, or that my insides or rotting or another catastrophe. I really just need a way to relax and chill. My mom says I'm too young for cancer, dad thinks the colonoscopy and endoscopy are unnecessary, boyfriend (a masters in nursing) is like "welp, it is what it is.."
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