Now, before I start, I know this post is not for everyone; but I want this blog to be real and to be who I am and what I go through. I also want to be able to help people understand both the ups and downs of IBS, because there are other’s out there who are embarrassed, misunderstood and feel alone. My story is not everyone’s as IBS affects each person differently on different levels, but like I said before I want to be real.
So one of the more difficult things with IBS is that it usually doesn’t come alone, most of us have more than just IBS. I, myself, have Hypothyroidism, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Sleep Apnea, (feel free to click the links to learn more) making it very easy for others to think I am a hypochondriac. Then there is the opposite reaction: everything I go through is due to my IBS. All of this being said you may (hopefully) better understand my weekend.
I will start on Friday, for the sake of not making this post too long. For three days I was dealing with BMs (bowel movements) that were extremely watery and sending me to the bathroom every 10 to 20 minutes. I was sweaty, shaking; my intestines were cramping and felt like they were on fire. This went on until 5 o’clock Saturday morning, when my stomach decided to join the party. That was when it got scary for me, because I had thrown up what looked like coffee grounds. I had never heard or seen this before so I looked it up on line and found out from The Mayo Clinic that it was actually blood! I know many people will say, “Don’t look stuff up on the web, it will only scare you,” however, if I went into the ER with every scary thing that I am going through, I would be in there all the time. So by this point my husband got scared as well.
Still not sure if I should go to the ER, I sought the advice from some wonderful people on an IBS support group and everyone was telling me, it wasn’t an IBS issue and get to the hospital ASAP. My husband has a horrible back and waiting to for a call to schedule surgery, so he couldn’t drive me into town (a 45 minute drive to a good hospital). He called his dad, and moments later we were off to the ER. That drive seemed like hours!
A lot in the ER I don’t really remember, but when we got there I was triaged. The ER staff was fast and efficient. Before I knew it I was in the room, in a gown with an IV in my arm with fluids as I was highly dehydrated. The ER doctor looked to be in his late 30’s and thankfully willing to learn what he could about IBS, so he could know the difference between that and my issues at hand. I explained it the best that I could and it was nice to be understood. He even called my GI doctor for incite to my problem.
By now I have been pumped with so many drugs trying to get my pain under control that things begin to get blurry. They had me do a urine and stool sample and thankfully those turned out normal. I remember having three x-rays of my chest, abdomen and pelvis. When the Dr. came back in he let me know my blood was normal, so the bleeding was either not that bad or had stopped all together (which I believe was an answer to prayer). My x-rays all were normal except I had a lot of air in my abdomen which I needed to alleviate. To save you the details, once I was able to rid my body of the gas they were ready to send me home. I was put on bed rest and no solid foods for 48 hours and was told to take it easy until I am able to have an upper GI scope, which I am currently waiting to schedule.
Now, I have just been sitting around and resting, working here on the blog. Thankfully, Friday was the last day of my 2 college classes and I don’t start my next single class until next week, so at least this happened during a time where it won’t affect my grades. You have to look for the silver lining in all things! As far as I know this whole thing could be an answer to prayer and they will finally figure out exactly what all is going on and fix it. If nothing else maybe me posting this will help someone else in some form or fashion.
If you have any questions, comments or a story to share of your own please feel free to post in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.