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I had extreme pelvic and abdomen pain. Felt like I was going to blow up. I went to the doctor...had blood work. All normal. Did an x-ray on the abdomen. Came back normal. Was told to take stool softeners, metamucil, and gas-x. I stopped losing interest in eating a lot. I took stool softeners (2 per day on the next 2 days). Weighed myself. I was down 12 pounds. (I started at 324...am now at 309) (I'm 5'9"). The day I saw I was down 12 pounds I went back in. Was told it was a concern, but not much due to my weight. Had a CT Scan. Came back clean and no concerns. Blood work again, normal. (only things that were slightly up were white blood cells and red blood cells (but not average wise)). Came home. Next day I defecated (was great). Started having awful pains in the groin (hernia kind of feeling). Stool became paleish yellow and had bits of blood in it. Went back to the doctor. Was told the dye turns it yellow. Went home. Was woken up by an awful pain in the groin next morning. went back to doctor. doctor did some kind of rectal exam (wasn't fun...don't exactly like things going up there). said abdomen was fine. went home. went to pcp later, had a temp of 99.4 (all other times it was 98.7, etc..). developed a cough. over the past week it's gotten a little more stiff. Weight went up a little, but is back down again now to 309. Had awful back pain. got stiff neck, jaw (both right side) numbness in fingers, foot. awful pain in elbow... I've been on a bland diet (which blows), since the xray.
yes they were. I was originally 324. Well...not really. At the start of the summer (June) I was 327. Started walking everyday (4+ miles or so). Eating healthier. Went down to 324 in Early August. Doc was happy. Had Chipotle on Wednesday night (2 weeks ago from this previous wednesday). Was 324 then. It's 2 weeks and a few days later. Now 309. I've been on a bland diet since then. Don't eat a lot all the time. Do take gas pills. Do take acid reducer...
I drink maybe 5 bottled waters/gatorade a day. sometimes 6. some days i take metamucil. (at times 6 pills. some days 2).
what would you mean by metabolic causes?
mind you, i've seen nearly 15 different doctors in 2 weeks or so. i freak out and get worried all the time about the health. (mainly because I lost my aunt (not blood related - i was adopted) to pancreatic cancer in july (she was 72); and an ex-friend (who was 44) to the same. in the same time frame.
I've been told time and again it's not cancerous. (By many different docs (including one on here). I'm hoping it's not. I freak out, over analyze and worry a lot. The GI and PCP both told me they truly don't think it is either.
GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE,
They were completed August 31st. Before the weight loss. I've checked with numerous doctors since then. They stated I don't need new labs done.
Gotcha. Diabetes does run in my biological families genes (as my bio mother has/had it) (she's still living mind you).
I just don't drink much fluids. I tend to be dry mouthed in the day. I've heard at my weight I should drink much more.
With all the symptoms ive mentioned, and the labs ive shown, is the weight loss as alarming now, just as, or not as much?
But do you agree with the assesment that it's nothing cancerous? What do you attest it to?
Sounds good. I tend to worry a bit when things go even slightly wrong and over-analyze things. Then check. check. and check again - just to calm my nerves. I literally have been to the doctors nearly 20 times in the past 2 weeks - and I've come on this site for a second set of views. (You know to calm my nerves).
You know what would be really cool though? To have this whole thing just get better.
I hear that. I tend to be impatient at times.
However, I will tell you this. It really has gotten me to appreciate healthier eating. I used to eat healthy for breakfast and lunch then come home for dinner and eat things like fried chicken, pizza, etc... ruining my whole diet. Not the best decision.
My weight follows as such:
I went from 324 to 312 to 317 to 316, 314 to 313, 313, 313, 312, 309.
I usually eat 4/5 cups (the individual ones) of apple sauce a day. I have 1/2 yogurts, cereal (dry (cheerios)), and most times 2/3 turkey breast sandwhiches (individual size). My caloric intake used to be about 2800 or so. It's now closer to 1200/1300. Would that mean anything?
In another related incident, my stools today are green. They float too.
Not sure what the hell is going on, but it's getting a bit old. I have never had a solid, s-shaped (or even banana shaped) stool since 2 weeks ago. They've come out mushy, mucusy, flat-thin, and in many different colors. Brown, Light Brown, Green, sometimes pale yellow. I've had a cough for over a week, and starting to get bronchitis (which ive had before) again. Today there were small traces of blood in the phlegm. I've been drinking a lot of Gatorade G2 Grape. Not sure if that would affect stool color. I enjoy drinking that more than water.
Gotcha. You see, the docs told me with my weight originally (324) that a faster weight drop would be normal at first and then it would slow down. Which looks like what it is. They also told me because I vastly changed my diet from fat heavy, etc... to a very restrictive bland diet, that that can drop it. I have asked a few times for new blood work tests (just to make sure all is good (as you know - i tend to freak out)). And finally the doctor said he'd go ahead.
Now when I talked to the nurse today she mentioned there is some kind of box in the throat that causes coughing and what-not (something with post-nasal drip)... I just want to make sure all is good and rule out any god-forsaken bad thing, you know? That's why I had an X-Ray and a CT Scan done, and have a full colonoscopy on the horizon (November 8th). I want to make sure everything is a-ok. I know they have told me it is, but I just want to double check. That's why I requested blood work 2 weeks after I originally had it done. Going in tonight to get it done.
Would me feeling a bit sick affect it? I cough, and sometimes cough up phlegm (with very very minute bits of blood (or so it seems) in it.
If I'm reading you correctly, the green stool isn't as concerning? It's more of the body pushing it out faster?
Oh, and I forgot....does blood work show anything within the thyroid?
But the weight loss isn't something connected to what I feared earlier correct? What could it be connected to? My numbers as you saw, looked good (according to you and other doctors).
This is why I go to numerous docs. I want to make sure all is well.
Apparently what's being tested is Amylase, Blood Sugar, CBC, Liver, and whatnot.
I know, I'm just curious regarding the thyroid.
I had asked if blood work shows anything within the thyroid?
how do you do that? inject the needle in the neck?
I sent an email to my GI earlier, and he just sent back:
"Green stools by themselves do not necessarily imply a pathologic process. However, certainly it is a symptom to keep in mind in the context of your other symptoms of abdominal pains, rectal bleeding, and weight loss. In fact, I am particularly concerned about your unintentional weight loss. I will have my staff see if there is any way your colonoscopy could be moved up sooner. Sometimes, you yourself can also periodically check with my office to see if there any cancellations during the week, which may provide additional openings."
I'm freaking out seeing that. I hope it's not something awful - and I mean fatal...
Just had blood work last night. I'll let you know the numbers when they come back - the doctor had said the numbers look good...the ALT was a little higher, but "doesn't concern him. As an emergency surgeon for 14 years, it's not a concern to me." The range goes to 50. Mine was at 72. (Up from 46 - 2 weeks ago). The Bilirubin (I think indirect) range goes from 0.2 - 1.3. Mine was 0.6. Up from 0.4 - 2 weeks ago. Again he said very normal. I did get a thryoid test done...the thyroid, hemoglobin tests won't apparently be back until monday, but my CBC and Chem7 test will be posted later today. I had fasted 9 hours before the test.
When I came home I had bad cramping/sting pain in the lower right abdomen. But after about 5 minutes it went away. (I'm wondering if that because I feel a bit sick (cough, slight runny nose, sore throat) has anything to do with it.
The doctor told me that losing the weight was not a bad thing as "15 pounds is not a bad loss at your weight - in that time frame - and most of it can be a result of your initial laxative intake."
But yeah...still going to double check with the GI as well. Also came on here to get your view. Because, as you know, I like to be well rounded in knowledge.
He told me the CT Scan test I had was an excellent test to have because "it shows a good detail inside the body on organs that X-Rays and MRI's can't"
What is your opinion on CT Scans?
By the way, out of curiosity, what could raise the ALT from 46 to 72? Is a higher ALT bad? Would it go down with excercise?
Could this be a result of candida (all the issues I've had)? I had laryngitis in december of last year, and there was candida on the top of my vocal chords (and there is a very very fine layer on my tongue now.
I do have athlete's foot.
I got my blood work in last night and the numbers came back this afternoon. I'm rather concerned. They seem higher than before, and some are a bit over. I fasted 9 hours before (except for drinking water). I have a dry cough, runny nose and am congested. Would that affect the numbers? Here are the numbers below...
NameStandard range4/9/09 8/29/13 9/13/13BASOPHILS0.0-0.1 X10000.02 0.00 0.10BASOPHILS % 0.3 0.4 0.7DIFFERENTIAL METHOD AUTOMATED DIFFERENTIAL AUTOMATED DIFFERENTIAL AUTOMATED DIFFERENTIALEOSINOPHILS0.0-0.7 X10000.10 0.20 0.30EOSINOPHILS % 1.6 2.2 2.8LYMPHOCYTES1.1-3.5 X10001.13 2.20 2.20LYMPHOCYTES % 17.7 22.1 21.3MONOCYTES0.1-0.9 X10000.55 1.00 0.80MONOS % 8.6 10.0 7.9NEUTROPHILS1.7-6.3 X10004.60 6.50 7.10NEUTROPHILS % 71.8 65.3 67.3
NameStandard range4/9/09 8/29/13 9/13/13HEMATOCRIT40-51 %45.1 43.7 47.8HGB12.9-17.2 G/DL15.8 15.2 16.0MCH22-35 PG30.1 29.4 29.0MCHC30-36 GM/DL35.0 34.7 33.4MCV78-101 CMICRON85.9 84.8 86.8MPV6.8-10.4 FL 10.9 11.8PLATELETS, AUTOMATED COUNT140-440 K/UL186 192 162RBC, AUTO3.90-5.80 MIL5.25 5.16 5.51RDW, BLOOD12.0-15.4 %13.4 12.3 12.8WBC'S AUTO3.5-11.0 K/UL6.4 9.9 10.5
From Calendar - Use to Select a Date to Calendar - Use to Select a Date - or - latest values OptionsNameStandard range4/9/09 4/9/09 8/29/13 9/1/13 9/13/13ANION GAP SERPL13-20 MEQ/L 17 21 19BUN7-24 MG/DL 17 18 12CHLORIDE97-111 MEQ/L 104 103 102CO222-32 MEQ/L 29 24 27CREATININE0.7-1.5 MG/DL 0.9 0.9 0.9GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE, AFRICAN AMERICAN>60 mL/min/m >60 >60 >60GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE, NONAFRICAN AMERICAN>60 mL/min/m >60 >60 >60GLUCOSE, RANDOM70-139 MG/DL 72 90 87POTASSIUM3.5-5.5 MEQ/L 4.3 4.3 4.4SODIUM135-145 MEQ/L 145 144 144TIME POST PRANDIAL, PATIENT 12 12 PATIENT NOT FASTING Not provided by clinical area PATIENT NOT FASTING
Component Standard Range Your ValueHGBA1C % 4.3-5.8 % 5.3
From Calendar - Use to Select a Date to Calendar - Use to Select a Date - or - latest values OptionsNameStandard range8/29/13 9/13/13ALBUMIN4.0-5.4 G/DL4.2 4.5ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE35-129 U/L91 92ALT0-50 U/L46 72AST9-53 U/L27 39BILIRUBIN, DIRECT0.0-0.3 MG/DL0.0 0.0BILIRUBIN, TOTAL0.2-1.3 MG/DL0.4 0.6TOTAL PROTEIN6.3-8.3 G/DL7.4 7.8
I'm concerned because they seem higher, and a certain website said if neutrophils are up that could be because of stress, infection, or...God forbid, the last word I prefer not say.
What say you?
can you explain why i pull muscles or feel jabs of pain in my groin, back of heel, etc. ill just be standing around and i get this pain out of nowhere. i had bursitis the last few years. had no trouble before, but somehow it just pulled, or tore, out of nowhere. then ill have jabs of pain in the abdomen. i don't know whats wrong, but something seriously isn't right.
I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX any headache I've caused.
This is an article about an old friend, which caused me concern in the first place.
I'm hoping that whatever this is will go away soon. I was wondering...should I go in for an Ultrasound? I have a Colonoscopy coming and have had a XRAY, and CT-Scan.
Was it bad to get a ct scan 4 days after an xray?
Now ive got more worries....
Ah gotcha. I appreciate it. I shall rate you good.
It really relaxes me now knowing that im good to go. =)
Just wanted to ask a small question. If the doctors want to do an ultrasound on the abdomen in the near future, as well as my upcoming colonoscopy (currently scheduled in november), will that be alright.
X-Ray - August 29
CT-Scan - September 1
Ultrasound - ?
Colonoscopy - November 8th
Again, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX shall be rated good. (You've given me some good advice - and helped calm my frequent nerves - lol) =D
Tonight I went to the doc for bad back pain. Felt a bit tingy during activities. The same doc who scheduled the xray and ct scan ordered an xray of the back. I stopped them after 2 of the 5 pics. Would this be a cause of concern to my overall health? Would it trigger anything if my ct scan was 2 weeks ago?
She said she wanted to determine if it was a spinal or muscle issue. She pressed on my back in places before ordering it, but couldnt determine what it was. She thought it could be muscular but didnt know. Once finished she found it was the muscles. Or as she mentioned... the reason I stopped the numerous pictures is because of the fear of radiation and the fact that the doctor said when I got my abdomen xray weeks ago the back was on it.
What are your all overall thoughts
I'm having upper back pain - more specifically right under the ribs (both sides). I'm having this odd cooling sensation (feels like liquid or something), that moves in my abdomen for a few seconds, then goes away.
What could that be? Would you suggest an MRI if need be? In the span of a month, it would be a XRAY (Aug 21), CT Scan (Sept 1), XRAY (Back) Sept 17, and possibly an MRI within Sept.
I'm down to 303 after starting 324 23 days ago. Docs tell me because of my weight, gender, and diet, that that is bound to happen.
I used to have back pain more at night. It seems more sore all day now.
What could those be?
Could any of all these symptoms indicate hepatitis, candida, or any such disease? I seem to have random bruises pop up as well. Not sure from what, but they do. I have this bruise on the back of my left leg (on the calf), that looks like it traces a vein in 2 directions (but it's a brown line).
I did want to follow up with a few more pieces of info (in case it helps)...
I had laryngitis diagnosed last year where they found candida on the top of my vocal chords. Sometimes, when yelling, it twinges my throat and hurts. I can no longer yell as loud.
I have onset osteoarthritis in my knees.
My PCP called me back today and mentioned that my ALT went down. It was 46 (out of 50) 3 weeks ago. Was 72 last Friday, and was 64 recently. He mentioned it's heading in the right direction.
I have a slight pain in my left back under the rib cage - barely noticeable, but there.
I have a irritation in my throat and it seems like it hurts a bit when I cough.
Also when I "do the deed" it is a slight burning sensation coming out.
So as I looked at the screen when at the doc's office yesterday when he brought up the ct scan results and it stated on there that it found some diverticulosis on the left side of the colon (where I have most pain), and it saw some type of thing with the left kidney (a narrowing at the top) (but forgot the word) - but both said it was "unclear on major issues at this time" (or something like that).
I awoke this morning having to use the restroom and saw the stool as being pale with white spots on them. That really caused feat (as white is not normal - if im not mistaken), so I ran to the doc again. This time, she had mentioned that the stool was completely normal and that stools will change color consistently. But white spots though? Really?
Will diverticulosis ever go away? Will the kidney ever resume it's normal abilities? Will I ever be able to do normal things again?