I experienced a terrible few days of sickness that I'm just now coming out of, but I wish I knew what it was. I'm hoping my symptoms might make sense to one of you doctors. I don't have health insurance right now, and I consider ERs a place to go when spouting blood -- that is, for emergencies -- but I really almost went in, it was that bad.
In 2006, I went to Urgent Care for extreme abdominal pain, and passed out in the waiting room. That turned out to be a kidney stone (diagnosed by CAT scan). In 2012 I went to the ER (no Urgent Care there) with identical symptoms. I declined to pay 1000s just to have it officially confirmed as a kidney stone -- but it was very clearly the same as before; and the same treatment -- IV dilaudid -- brought relief.
So now this time: about two hours after dinner, I started to experience real abdominal (or pelvic?) discomfort, rapidly developing into serious pain. I thought maybe it was just terrible gas pain, and that I needed to make a BM. I couldn't, though -- constipation is unusual for me, but I thought that must be it. I drank some Senekot tea and took some Advil, and tried to wait it out, drinking as much water as I could tolerate. The pain was really intense -- I felt feverish, and nauseated from the pain, if that makes sense. The pain wasn't diffuse, or moving around, so I started to think kidney stone. But the thought of suffering for hours in an ER waiting room, and then only maybe getting treated -- possibly having to pay out-of-pocket for a CAT scan, just to prove my need -- was too awful. I was so hopeful that a BM would make all the difference.
Well, I guess I wasn't constipated, because there was nothing in there to come out. For the next three full days, I had these unrelenting symptoms:
1) bad abdominal/pelvic pain that slowly faded;
2) extreme muscle fatigue
or achey-pain, especially around my torso, but everywhere -- felt like I had been "tenderized" - ha ha - just pummeled, I mean.
3) extreme sensitivity/pain of my skin, all over, to everything.
4) headache, with loud ringing in my ears.
In some aspects, it felt like flu (I mean the actual, awful flu, not a bad cold) -- but it obviously wasn't that. In other ways, it seemed like food poisoning -- but with no throwing up! I drank and peed out huge volumes of water. I added a little salt and sugar to the water - yum yum! since I was eating nothing at all. It seemed like my pee should have been almost clear, but I thought it was reddish/orange once -- but honestly, I was sort of delusional some of the time, and alone, so I don't know if that "memory" is real.
At the end of ~72 hrs, I had some milk, and grew bolder from there, which has gone fine. After 4 days, I'm basically okay -- but traumatized! And totally paranoid about eating the beautiful veggies from the garden my last meal came from.
Sorry so long!! Just trying to give any possible clues.... Any thoughts/questions appreciated.