Last week I started feeling stomach pains after I ate breakfast at work. I dealt with the light pain and as the day went on it got a little bit worse but not horrible. I took an off brand of pepto bismo, and it didn't feel much better but did work a little. I literally fell asleep right away, earlier then I ever have, and slept fine. The next morning right when I woke up I felt fine but as soon as I started moving It felt kinda painful again. I fought through it again while at work and didn't eat all day. Towards the end of the day I started to feel better but felt very hungry. (Haven't gone to the bathroom for 2 days.) I ate dinner and felt fine and went to sleep. The next day I went to work and felt fine all day, it was great. I ate like normal and still hadn't gone to the bathroom. Today I also felt fine and ate food like normal. While out shopping I finally felt a bowell movement and hurried to the bathroom. I went and a lot came out of me. I still felt fine but about 30 minutes after the pains came back and I felt completely horrible. I feel weak, in even more pain then the last two time, and extremely bloated. My friends and family have no good advice and I feel so horrible I can't do anything but lay down. I need professional help. Never felt this bad in my life. Please help.
Considering that your symptoms came on fast and hard, you need to make your first available appointment with your doctor, who will possibly order tests and/or send you to a gastroenterologist.
It's possible that you're just having some stomach lining irritation, and a proton pump inhibitor (Prilosec, etc) would help).
On the other hand, you could have Appendicitis, Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Peritonitis (more likely if you have a fever), Diverticulitis, Lactose Intolerance, or even a Hernia.
In the meantime, to avoid aggravating some of these potential diseases, avoid eating spicy foods, anything with nuts (imagine if your colon grew all these little side-chambers, in which hard substances like nuts and popcorn would get stuck in on its' way down - that's diverticulitis), and you might not be much of a milk drinker, but switch to plant-based milk instead of animal (cow) based. I've tried the different ones, and some of them are thick in texture, which is just gross. The closest I've found to animal mill is unsweetened coconut mill. Depending on the store, they might only sell unsweetened coconut and almond milk, and that's find, too.
Let us know how it all turns out, OK? Meggie :)
Fast and hard + you know something is wrong = a visit to your doctor !
You know that saying "Follow your gut"
You need to take this literally !
Abdominal pain is tricky.
Severe symptoms can be an insignificant diagnosis. Gastroenteritis, constipation (if 3 x no BM less than 3 x week can become significant)
Nagging symptoms that are easy to tolerate can be a Significant diagnosis.
Abdominal pain requires a belly exam.
INext would be labs to obtain a diagnosis
Next would be the imaging with X-rays, MRIs CTs.
Going to your doctor (preferably a Gastroenterologist ) is like going to a detective. He will investigate using the minimal amount of tools to find the.culprit.
I hope I'm not coming off too simplistic.
I just want people to understand you can't find out why your car won't start by making a phone call.
We help people decide whether they should go to an ER right away at times.
Almost always it will be a...
Better Be Safe than Sorry ...
Your stress from this may be making it worse.
Make an appointment now if you have not already :-)
Be well and if you get a chance, please let us know the outcome.
I totally agree with my buddies here. I just had a bad experience with lower abdominal pain and a similar problem. I had all that constipation and then one day I had these horrible stomach pains, followed by bloody diarrhea! After a barium cat scan, a round of Levaquin and Flagy, and a colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. Very very painful. It didn't go away right away either. The pain continued, so I went to my ob/gyn and got a pap smear and an ultra sound to see if the pain was being caused by a female problem since it was in the same area of my abdominal cavity. I even ended up in the ER after all that (the same day as ob/gyn appt.) because my primary doctor and my gastroenterologist were both out of town at the same time. And the pain was unbearable. Just please go to the doctor. I have a feeling your pain will get worse before it gets better if you don't. Please spare yourself the misery and pain. Go get treated for it! Let us know how you're doing, ok?
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