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Two Dr.'s---what's wrong?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

On 1/6 I went to see my primary care Dr. because I would eat and then have severe diahrrea. I couldn't keep anything in. This had been going on for over 2 weeks. I noticed that it especially happened when I had a Slim Fast. Of course once I drank it, it happened all day no matter what I ate. I do have trouble with my stomach and have been on Nexium 40mg for about 3 years. I was still diagnosed with gastritis in August when I had an endoscopy. The Dr. said she never would have expected to see a stomach like that after being on the medicine for so many years.

Dr. Broisman dianosed me as lactose intolerant and said I had to stay away from dairy. He felt my belly and at the time there was no pain. He also said to stay away from anything that causes flactulance, like broccoli. That did it. I eat broccoli probably 5 times a week. I told him to shoot me now. I love milk, I love love love Greek yogurt and babybel cheese. Now I am drinking lactaid milk, yuck, and I had a yogurt one day and paid the price in pain. He didn't want to refill the Nexium because I have a gastroenterologist and he wanted me to see her for a follow up. I guess Nexium can cause headaches and diahrrea.

About 3 days after seeing the Dr. my stomach flared up in such pain, I was in a ball. I knew it was because I hadn't had the Nexium in over a week. I never felt so much pain since I had my gallbladder attacks. I knew some of the pain was from being hungry, but I didn't want to eat because I would get sick. I would grab a Fiber One bar or a BelVita, something small and it would feel somewhat better for a little while. That's how I ate for a few days. Applesauce, banana, smoothie, lots and lots of water, sometimes a frozen dinner. I wasn't meeting my protein because I couldn't have dairy, just lactaid. I was getting use to it, it isn't too bad if you drink it with something in your mouth. It is sweet.

I saw Dr. Von Stalk yesterday. She wrote a prescription for the Nexium but cut the dosage to 20mg. She said that since I am literally half the woman I was she is cutting the dosage in half to 20mg. That type of medication does cause osteoperosis and that is why Dr.'s other than gastros don't want to prescribe it too long. I have to have a blood test for my magnesium level, don't know what that has to do with it, I thought it was calcium but hey, she's the Dr. and she is getting the reports of my latest bone density test. I will take the Nexium 1/2 hour before breakfast until the symptoms are under control and then go to every other day. I have to take Benefiber, she says you can NEVER have too much fiber in your diet, and if I want to eat dairy, take 2-4 lactaid pills before eating it. Yeah, I can have my yogurt. I have gotten use to the lactaid milk, though it is expensive. Costs more for a half gallon than a gallon of skim milk.

Okay, after seeing Dr. I planned on going to Staples to ship my fitbit back to Brookstone. That is where Gary bought it. You see I wore mine into the pool awhile back and Gary gave me his. He had never used it. He had the Fitbit One. It was missing the doggle and the wristband. Somehow, he is something, he got Brookstone to take it back and pay for the shipping. I know he is a good customer. emoticon After a month of sending the label to the wrong address, and the UPS fiasco at Christmas I finally got the label and the fitbit is on the way. Let's all pray,(I am seriuos) that it all goes smooth. With my luck, anything can happen. There was a sign that said 1/18 free computer screenings. Virus scan blah blah blah. I have a 2pm appointment to see what is wrong with this piece of sh*t. FREE!!!! I asked about this in Dec. and it usually cost $69.99 or something like that. Of course they don't fix it for free, but at least I will know what I am working with. Before going to Staples, I had gone into Walmart, right next door to get the Benefiber and Lactaid tablets. I looked for a hat and gloves while there. OMG you wouldn't believe the hats they had to chose from. They had eyes and ears, faces, big furry things, I wanted a simple hat. I finally found a pair of gloves that were $1.50 and a pull over hat, stocking for $1.40. Good enough to put on your head, it will keep you warm. I hadn't eaten since breakfast and only had a Fiber One bar and a bowl of oatmeal so I decided to go to Friendly's. While driving there, I past an IHOP. I could taste the pancakes and all of a sudden that is what I wanted. I got into the left hand land on the turnpike and pulled a U turn, yes they are allowed in certain places. I had a stack of 5 buttermilk pancakes. Yummy in my tummy. They were so good. I couldn't finish them though, I left a few bites, I tried but I couldn't do it. Cheap enough, $6.05 plus $1.00 tip. What a nice way to end a day. Think my luck changed. Yeah right. I still had to pick up my prescription, the Nexium, the pain killer that would put the fire out in my gut.

I get to Stop and Shop. Chit chat with Pauline the pharmacist, exchange pleasantries when she tells me she doesn't have any Nexium 20mg. She had to order it and it won't be there until Monday. I looked at her and said What, I am in pain, give me it. Not only did the Dr. order 20mg, she ordered packets, which I don't know what it is, but not one pharmacy has them, they all had to order them. She called 2 CVS in New Britain, no packets and no 20mg tablets, she called S&S in Newington, no. I was just about in tears and she felt so bad. I am in pain, she knows it, she knows how long I have been on it. I ask her to please give me some 40mg, to last until Monday. That's when it dawms on her that I do have a prescription for the 40mg that can be refilled. She can give me 5 and the insurance will pay for them because I have an existing prescription that can be refilled, it hasn't expired. Thank you God. She says even though it is only 5 I still will have to pay the co-pay. I told her I am worth it, I am in pain. That is what we ended up doing. I have the 5 tablets, and my prescription will be in sometime Monday. I will pick it up on Tuesday. There was a scare but it ended up working out in the end. Nothing can ever go smoothly, but it usually does end up working out in the end. Do you wonder why my stomach is full of acid and eating away.

I haven't blogged in awhile and people mailed me wondering where I have been. This is what has been going on. I finally bought my hat and gloves, over a week late. I WILL go to the pool on Monday. That will be a week late. I do have a good excuse. I can't go to the pool and take the chance of having an accident. I don't want people chasing me ready to kill me. The pool would have to be shut down. Yes, it has happened. I will get there. Now that I have seen the Dr.'s and will get things under control my eating will get back on track. My weekly fitness will get back on track. I have returned. I am back. emoticon emoticon emoticon We all will emoticon
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MRS_TOAD 1/19/2014 10:32AM

    My heart goes out to you as do my prayers. emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 1/18/2014 8:13PM

    I'm so sorry you're in so much discomfort. Has anyone suggested eating less processed foods? (Fiber One bars, Slim Fast, frozen dinners, etc.) They may claim to be 'healthy', but read the list of chemicals in them. With your sensitive digestive system, you may not be tolerating them well. (Not that anyone should!)

Magnesium and calcium work together to support the skeletal system. I'm sure that's why your physician wants to monitor it. I have to take magnesium supplements because of muscle spasms. Magnesium is necessary for many other bodily functions as well.

Glad you found a warm hat and gloves. Be extra kind to yourself and get feeling better! emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 1/18/2014 7:11PM

    Welcome back!! My first thought when reading about all the stressors you are experiencing was no wonder she has tummy troubles! LOL! Awesome about the FitBit! Hope the fire in your gut will be put out soon and that you will feel better and can get back to the pool! I wouldn't chance that either!

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IMAVISION 1/18/2014 7:11PM

    God bless you with healing!

My prayers are covering your needs.


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L*I*T*A* 1/18/2014 4:30PM

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IMLOCOLINDA 1/18/2014 4:05PM

    emoticon Hope you're on the mend!!

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MAMAOWLS 1/18/2014 3:59PM

    I hope they figure it out soon. Good luck!!!

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CBRINKLEY401 1/18/2014 3:22PM

    You need both magnesium and vitamin D in order for your body to be able to absorb calcium. You can be getting plenty of calcium in your diet, which you probably were, but could still end up being deficient because you aren't getting enough of the other nutrients.

I hope you are able to find what is causing all the pain and are able to figure out ways around it.

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I.M.MAGIC 1/18/2014 2:08PM

    Sorry you're having stomach issues, never fun is it...

I had colon cancer (remission for 3 yrs 9 mos--YAY! lol) and my gastroenterologist PRESCRIBED soluble fiber--25 - 35 grams a day. It often comes hand in hand with the non-soluble type, so it can be a problem--You don't want to overdo it with the non-soluble kind, since that is primarily what seems to cause most people the distress.

Since I also have kidney disease and can't eat enough high-fiber foods to fill the bill (usually too much potassium in them) it gets pretty tricky at times. I take a supplement pretty much every time I eat... and that's six times a day... the nutrition tracker is a life saver!

Good luck! I hope you can get the balance right soon, so you can feel better!

Kathy emoticon

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SUSIEMT 1/18/2014 1:42PM

    I also agree with Thoms1. Since it was your Gastro dr giving that advice I would have to say that yes she would say that! She wants you to keep coming back! Just feel better! Glad to see you are half the woman you were! Woo Hoo to you!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2014 1:37PM

  Just feel better. Magnesium, BTW, is important because it helps get the calcium into your bones.

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NEW-CAZ 1/18/2014 1:21PM

    I have to agree with THOMS1, with too much fibre you can reek all sorts of damage to your system. Good idea to track for a while and/or cut back on fibre.
And she's right on the articles here on SP for advice........hope you're soon feeling brighter emoticon

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THOMS1 1/18/2014 12:54PM

    I'm sorry but, you can have too much fiber. Start tracking your nutrients including fiber on your nutrition tracking page and that will keep you in line. As for eating those buttermilk pancakes well, that can only cause you a lot of flatulence and stomach pain. Reading the nutrition articles should help you with the kinds of foods you should be eating to avoid the stomach problems. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/18/2014 12:36PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing! Sending you lots of hugs....
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