Posted 22 January 2003 - 10:07 PM
All of my symptoms started around the time that I got married and we bought a house (age 21). Something about that lifetime commitment and 20 year mortgage seemed to freak me out, imagine that. *L* Also, I had a very high-stress job in accounting. So anyway....my symptoms were very bad nausea and dry heaves but never vomit, urgent diarrhea especially after eating, and being very nervous and panicky about silly little things. It just wasn't like me at all, to get that nervous and panic. I thought I was losing my mind! I kept thinking of all the high stress things I had done in the past without ever getting sick, so I just couldn't figure out why I was getting sick and freaked out over every day life kinda things, like getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist, etc.So after suffering with this miserable nausea, diarrhea and panic for several months, I went to the emergency room out of desperation and dehydration. They gave me some fluids, a shot of Phenergan, and a blood test for H. Pylori (came back negative.) So that was it for a few more miserable months (all the while I am believing that I just have a nervous stomach and can learn to control this all myself.) The fact that I was passing mucous in the toilet and nearly fainting and couldn't leave the bathroom due to nausea was ruining my life. I eventually have an ultrasound on my gallbladder which only checks for stones, and I didn't have any stones. I had an Upper GI test done (SOOO unpleasant) and nothing showed up there either. My family doc said well I think you just have a spastic colon, here take some Librax and watch what you eat. So I did that for a while and eventually I had nausea 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and I started having pain under my right ribcage. Not terrible pain, just a nagging ache that would come and go throughout the day. Soooooo....went back to the dr. to tell him this, and he schedules the HIDA scan. I was very nervous before this test because they told me at the dr. office that the test would "induce a gallbladder attack." And I am thinking "That is horrible! It will hurt and I will vomit!" No one bothered to tell me that nothing like that would happen, so I was petrified. As soon as we got to the procedure room where the test would be taken, I told the nurse that I had to use the bathroom and that I was very queasy and nervous. She was soooo nice. Apparently a lot of the people she does this test on feel the same way. I went to the bathroom and finally came out and they put an IV in my wrist, like on my hand sort of. Anyway, needles don't bother me because I never look and I also try to think of song lyrics in my head or something like that, to take my mind off it. Anyway, they injected some stuff into the IV and told me that we could walk around the hospital for about an hour and wait for the drugs to start working. They took the tube out of the needle but left the IV needle taped in place, on my wrist. It wasn't a problem! I sort of ached a little but it was no big deal. I didn't want to walk around so we went back to the waiting room and waited about 45 min. and then they called for me. Went back into the room and laid down the table. The nurse had made it comfortable for me and added two extra pillows, since I told her I can't stand to lie totally flat on my back when I am queasy. The room was dark and quiet and she told me all kinds of funny stories and made me feel so much better. It's been 5 years so I can't exactly remember if she held a scanner over my torso or if the scan happened from overhead...I didn't even know it was happening. Before I knew it, it was all over with! No pain, nothing. I found out my results a few days later from my family doc, who told me my gallbladder was functioning in the negative value, meaning it wasn't working at all and hadn't been for some time. So I assumed that after my diseased gallbladder was removed, my life would return to normal. That happens to people whose only problem is their gallbladder. Sadly, I also had IBS-D in addition to the gallbladder problem. But getting my gallbladder removed really helped me a lot, I felt so much better and the nausea pretty much went away totally. I have had short bouts of IBS (like maybe I am sick for one day and that's it) throughout the last 5 years and now recently, it has flared up much worse for me and I've been feeling bad several times a week since about Oct. 2002. So here I am, back on Librax and taking Ativan ONLY at before big events or times of great stress. I am sorry this is so long, I just felt like getting my whole story out there. Let me know if you'd like to know anything else. If you need to have your gallbladder removed, well I can tell you all about my experience as well. The best way I can summarize all of this is to say....It's never as bad as we think it is going to be! Good luck!