Adventures with Heather

Friday, July 29, 2011


I have wrestled with whether or not I should post the results from all of my testing on my blog or not, but I decided to go for it since so many people keep asking me about everything. I have been pretty honest with where I am at with my health issues, so why stop now! haha! Plus, I am AMAZED at how many people have come to me and told me that they are going through something similar or how because I posted something, it helped them. That's what it is about ya know? We're in this together!

After 2 weeks (or more) of waiting, and me calling the office a couple of times to hear the results from the CT Scan that was done on my abdomen, my doctor finally called me yesterday. He said my CT Scan showed some pelvic changes (I have no clue what that means), Uterine fibroids, and no other acute changes. My blood work also came back as "unremarkable". He said the next step would be to check out my Colon with a colonoscopy since nothing was really found through the CT Scan or blood work. He asked how my symptoms have been and I told him that I've still had horrible cramping and diarrhea after eating and he asked about my weight-loss and I told him I've lost 3 lbs since we last met. He said I probably have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and prescribed me a medicine to take before eating to see if it helps with the diarrhea. I also asked about food allergies and he said it is rare for adults to have food allergies, they usually just have food sensitivities and to keep a diary of the foods I eat and what seems to bug me. (I've done this, I"m already on a VERY bland diet. Chicken, rice and cooked veggies.)

After talking to him I felt frustrated. I felt like he was saying, "welp, doesn't look like there is much else I can do, so here's some medicine to get you through."

It feels similar to what happened to me at the end of my pregnancy too. The extreme swelling, high blood pressure, the heart palpitations, and faintness was pushed off as "just pregnancy aches and pains" when really it was undiagnosed pre-ecclampsia that lead to the Congestive Heart Failure I had postpartum.

It's been MONTHS that I've been struggling with all of these issues: nausea, pain, horrible cramping, diarrhea, gas, bloating, weight loss of 15lbs +. Yet I feel like there is no end in sight. I just cry because no one understands, no one will listen, no one will help me! If you are reading this and you have a doctor that has helped you through something similar, PLEASE give me their info. I've lost a lot of hope in doctors, but I'm willing to keep trying and pushing through this!!

I also need lots of encouragement. I am stuck at home a lot since I sometimes have to run to the restroom quickly... It gets lonely, hard to take care of Trust and it gets frustrating. I just want to be normal...