Pressure On Kidneys And Bowels

A study just released in the October 1, 2010 issue of theAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases has demonstrated an interesting correlation between kidney disease and hearing loss, particularly in people aged fifty and older.

This Reuters article, Moderate kidney disease linked to hearing loss, describes the findings:

In the study, of adults aged 50 years and older, 54 percent of people with moderate kidney disease had some extent of hearing loss, while 30 percent of those with the disease suffered severe hearing loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    blood pressure and kidney failure.?
    suffer from hypertension have spiked the last week or so to 180/115 even as high as 185/129 i have major pressure pain in eyes went hospital was told just to make appointment to adjust meds still waiting to get seen gotta ring on day and hope there are spaces. today i have had very pain in stomach and bad loose bowel is this signs of kidney failure due to my high blood pressure or just a coincidence i am 27 married male.

    • ANSWER:
      Some people just have high BP. It doesn't mean kidney failure, but if untreated, it can CAUSE kidney failure.

  2. QUESTION:
    Burning in the tip of penis and pressure in rectum, kidney stone related?
    Ok, I'll try to be as detailed as possible. First off, please understand that the next two days, no urinary doctors or clinic works - except for the regular hospital and the ER, which is very pissed off generaly, and not very happy to help unless one is dying, and even then. So, to the question...

    In the past two days I was under immense stress at work, and I started feeling the pressure in my rectum, like I had to go to the bathroom a lot, for #2. I attributed that to stress factor, and didn't think much of it. However, that night I felt a slight burning sensation in the tip of my penis when urinating, and sometime after. Still, I tried to ignore it. Yesterday, it got way worse - I felt OK most of the day, untill last night I went to the bathroom, and the burning was back - with a vengeance. This time, I could feel the burning with first few drops or urin, and untill the end, after the pressure feeling in the rectum kept contstant. Important to notice, I was diagnosed with a kidney stone that left kidney and started on it's way few years back, but on medication therapy pain went away, and except the for few pain episodes I had since, which I treated on case-to-case basis with medications, I was fine. I know I should have gone to treat it fully, but I am damn irresponsible, and after the pain was gone, I lulled in the feeling it will go away somehow. I also felt the similar kidney stone movement sensation last night, so I sought it might be connected somehow, though I don't know how. Oh yes, sad to admit, but didn't have sex for almost a month due to the overwhelming pressure at work, that destroyed any desire. I hope this will return when I finish what I was working on. Lame excuse, but that's capitalism.

    Now, these are the facts: it burns at the tip and sometimes base of my penis when I pee, or when I squeeze the rectumsphincter muscle, like when having a bowel movement, the feeling of presure in the rectum is constant, like I always have a feeling of having to go do #2, the urin is perhaps a tad darker than usual, but always was a bit darker anyway, doesn't seem bloody though, doesn't seem to have a blockage in the urethra, flow of urine is normal, but it burns like hell. I could live with the burning sensation for a day or two, but the feeling of pressure in the rectum is driving me mad. I guess it has to be related, but still can't find out. I use Ibuprofen painkillers, my usual "cocktail" therapy for kindey stone, like Rowatinex (pills for "melting" the stone, smell like toilet scrubber fluid), the Spasmex for relaxing the urinary tract muscles and tissues, and a tea that's been used for centuries in helping with urinary infections, not much, but I thought it couldn't hurt. Last night I had to take Lexilium 3mg to calm me down so I could sleep, after sitting on the toilet for 3 hours doing nothing but being angry at the pain.

    Any, and I mean any meaningful suggestion is welcome. I know I will hit the urinologists office first thing when it opens, but I really hoped for an advice or suggestion, from someone with the same problems. Thanks a bunch.

    • ANSWER:
      First you must consult with Ramdev dispensary.They will give you Aryuvedic medicine. Further you take One Spoone Javara & Kulthi in half an glass water at night. early morning you piec it and after take water in arly morgning. Then agains other One spooen of javara and kulthi take water in evening.

      ASO

  3. QUESTION:
    Will Nan be in pain when she dies?
    My Nan has bowel cancer and this has put pressure on her kidneys which now aren't functioning properly. She is 78 and they attempted a kidney stent operation that didn't work. The doctors have told us that it won't be long now and they have put her on permanent morphine to relieve her of pain. What I want to know is will she be in any pain when she dies?

    • ANSWER:
      My heart goes out to you.

      She is in the hospital with pain reliever and I believe that by God's good grace, no she won't be in any pain when she dies.

      My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. QUESTION:
    extremely depressed and confused! please help!?
    WARNING: this is going to be alot of reading..
    and serious replys only!

    so basicly my life has turned to $h!t
    everything is just so damn messed up, i dont even know where to start

    ok so first of all ill tell you, im a 17 year old girl, in grade 12 (well should be)

    i got really badly into drugs in grade nine , it started with just pot, and soon developed into an obsession of getting messed up, eventualy i was experimenting with mushrooms , ecstacy, coke, perks, oxy, anything to fuck me up, E (ecstacy) soo became my number one drug and i went from doing ti once a week to almost everyday , and eventualy i cracked and couldnt handle the constant peeks of joy and horrible comedowns,i had completly lost myself ,i had no idea at the time but i was dramaticly changing & started to become suicidal and i finally DROPPED OUT of school, and stopped doing E ..i couldnt even reconize who i was anymore.. now i know dropping out was the stupidest thing i could possibly do but at the same time it saved my life, i stopped doing all the hard drugs and came around to being myself again , i quit all chemicals but i still smoke weed and drink , and on occasion do mushrooms...

    so in grade 11 i decided that i was all better and could go back to school, i went back for a solid 3 days and was already back into the habit of skipping class and getting high, my parents where sick of my bullshit and i was quite frankly sick of them too so i decided to convince my older sister to move to my area so we could get an apartment together! so here i am a DROPOUT AGAIN! i lives in a crappy appartment with my sister and her daughter for a good 5 months or so and decided i was sick of that too! because she was always sick (type1 diabetes , kidney failure, bowel problems, high blood pressure...oh yeahhh the works!) and she was to messy for my liking to i moved back home

    after i moved back home i started to get along with my parents again and life seemed great, for the time being.... not too long after i moved back home my sister ended up in the hospital (this happens alot) and she ended up having to stay for 4 months so my niece (her daughter) had to move into my house and i felt like i had become a teen mother over night, it was really stressfull but i knew i had no choice because my parents both work MADDDD hours, my dads a trucker and only comes home twice a week,

    after the four months my sister got out of the hospital , that lasted about a week, and she ended up back in the hospital again, but this time she refused to stay , putting her own life at risk.. you see she was diagnosed with juvinile diabetes and she didnt take care of herself through her troubled teen years so by the time she was an adult (now 26) she had everything they worned her would happen, (kidney failer , high blood pressure ect)

    one night after she got out of the hospital (THE WORST NIGHT OF MY LIFE) i was watching a movie with my sister (she was over at my parents house) and out of nowhere she started to seizure, it was the scariest thing i wittnessed in my life, her neck started cranking backwords and she was shaking letting out loud yelps, i screamed for my parents (yes i was alone with her in a dark basement when this happened! while watching the movie 1408!!!) at this point i thought she was gone, she stopped breathing and i held her in my arms crying thinking she was dead , soo enough an ambulence , cops, and fire fighters arrived and i was forced to go outside, having no idea what was going on i sat out side screaming and crying my head off and basicly hyperventilating...

    she was rushed to the hospital and me and my parents where there soon after, they said her blood pressure was extreme and they had warned her a few days befor this could happen but she stubbornly ignored them, at this point i was scared to even look at my own sister.. the next day ONCE AGAIN against the hospitals wishes, she checked herself out ! a few days after this , while staying with her mother (we have the same dad) she seizured again and was air lifted to a further hospital, she selfishly put herself at risk and her family! (for having to witness this) she was sedated for over a week and was basicly a vegtable, when they finaly let her wake up , her mind wasnt all there.. she was acting like a child, and could barly remember anything , when i first came to visit her while she was like this she couldnt reconize me(that really crushed me!)

    she still to this day is in the same hospital , in longterm care and shes got her mind back but she still gets confused and dosnt remember certain things.. worst of all, shes still being selfish and is very bitchy to ev eryone wich macks it hard for me to visit,

    meanwhile, september rolled around (NOW) and my niece was going into grade 1 so i decided it was about time for me to go back to school AND I DID!!! i only have 9 credits, and need like 30 so im wayyy behind, and i dont even knwo what i want to do with my l

    • ANSWER:
      okay i just wanna tell u to stay away 4m all kinds of drugs n those stuff , wn u r totally away 4 them u can think of all the other things .. just stop it first n everything else will b fine after that , u just need sometime to restore this good old u back .. hope i helped .. gd luck ..

  5. QUESTION:
    Pressure in my right side of Belly?
    I have a little pressure between my belly button and my right kidney. I have had this on and off for about 2 years. It is in the lower right side of my back around to my right side of my belly. I am 24 years old by the way. I hear many thing about it. I hear Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Kidney infection, Hernia, and more....Does anyone have any Ideas what it would be? By the way there is NEVER pain or Nausea, EVER.. Just Pressure. Can anyone tell me what they think it sounds like? does it sound like anything above or anything you heard of?

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Having to pee A LOT!!!!!! Is this normal? SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER!?
    Ohkay soo I have to pee a lot. Like a lot more than I've ever had to in my life! I was thinking that I probably have a kidney infection or UTI but the wierd thing is that it doesn't hurt or burn whatsoever whenever I pee. And my pees clear and doesn't smell. Like this is getting ridicilous to the point where I can pee up to 4 times within the hour before I go to sleep. And if I even so happen wake up just to take a SIP of water I'm woken up within an hour having to pee again! And another thing is that it seems like it really only bothers me if I'm in a certain position. Like usually if I get up to walk I'll have to pee. And if I lay on my right side I feel the urge to pee a lot more rather than if I lay on my back or left side?? Idk I just know that I feel like I'm dehydrating myself now because if how much I have to pee. And if I don't pee I start to feel A TON of pressure in my pelvic area. Like not necessarily an urge to pee, but A TON OF PRESSURE! It's more uncomfortable than anything. Is this normal?? Does this usually happen with UTI's or kidney infections? I have other symptoms of a UTI or kidney infection. Like pressure in my abdomen, dull aches in my lower back, pressure and pains in my pelvic area and sometimes I can feel my kidneys hurt. And another thing sometimes AFTER I pee or make a bowel movement I feel a great deal of pressure in my pelvic area.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything from a Urinary Tract Infection or a kidney infection. I just recommend seeing a urologist or your doctor.
      Good luck and I hope you get better soon!

  7. QUESTION:
    Are you aware of what Christ went through for us? This is rather long, but worth the read.?
    Being crucified is the most painful death ever. Persia (Iraq) invented being crucified. Crucified is where the word "excruciating" comes from. Here's what crucifixion is really like, in medical terms, if you want to look at it in that aspect.

    I'm a bit appalled at the rosy picture we see depicted of Christ being crucified. "How can you say that?" , you might ask. While I do find it terrible, it is not even close to what the actual crucifixion looked like. I used to see crucifixes and pictures depicting Christ being crucified, with Christ hanging there on the cross looking rather handsome, a few droplets of blood on His brow and a small gash in His side.

    Now i see a much different picture. I think it's important that everybody sees Christ crucified for what He really went through and what He really looked like. Let me take you through the reality leading up to Christ being crucified....

    Let's look at the condition of Christ the night before He was crucified. Scripture says that Christ sweat drops of blood as He prayed in the garden at Gethsemane. This is medically possible and is referred to as Hematidrosis. Caused by extreme physical and/or emotional stress, the capillary blood vessels rupture releasing small amounts of blood with the sweat. From this we see that Christ was under an enormous amount of pressure.

    In Christ's own words He said "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death." (Matthew 26:38) This condition also leaves the skin very sensitive, which made Christ's skin more susceptible to damage during the flogging. During His inquisition by the High Priest Caiaphas, Christ was bound and beaten in the face by the hands of the guards. A bound man who is beaten receives more trauma for he cannot "slip" or "roll" with the punches as they are delivered. Christ then received two more beatings at the hands of the guards. It is likely that Christ's face was severely disfigured by this time. Christ was mocked and spit upon.

    A flogging consisted of 39 lashes with a whip made up of multiple leather straps, 18-24 inches long that had small metal balls woven into them. There were also pieces of sharp metal, bone, or glass attached to these straps. Apparently the number 39 was a standard number of lashes, (Jewish mercy was 40 minus one).

    After repeated blows, the metal balls would bruise and eventually open the victim's skin. The pieces of metal and bone would imbed into the skin and then rip outward as the whip was recoiled. The lashes would target the entire back, buttocks, and the back of the legs. Some recorded amounts of flogging describe the victim's spine being exposed and the red meat of the muscles being shredded and go into a state of "uncontrollable quivering or trembling".

    Sometimes the bowels would be opened up and most often blood vessels and veins would be severed. This led to tremendous blood loss and dehydration. This condition, known as hypovolemic shock, leads to the following bodily reactions: The heartbeat will become rapid in order to try and pump more blood throughout the blood-starved body. Blood pressure drops drastically. The kidneys shut down so to save fluids for a now fluid-starved system. Due to the loss of fluids the victim will thirst, can faint, and go into shock. Lastly, the heartbeat become erratic and eventually can go into cardiac arrest. Many died before even reaching the cross.

    One last point before going to the picture of Christ crucified: the placing of the crown of thorns. The crown of thorns was jammed into Christ's skull forcefully, embedding the thorns into His head. Then He was beaten again. This time not only by the hands of the guards, but also with a reed. He was repeatedly struck on top of His head with a reed, driving the thorns deeper into His skull. Again, He was mocked and spit upon and His beard was ripped from His face. All this was in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy concerning Christ's death: (Isaiah 50:6) "I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheek to those who pull out my beard. I did not hide my face from the mocking and spitting."

    CHRIST CRUCIFIED

    The Romans perfected the art of being crucified, which was invented by the Persian in 300-400 B.C. It is arguably the most painful and torturous death ever invented by mankind. In fact, it was so painful that a new word had to be created to describe it. This is where we get the word "excruciating", literally meaning "out of or from the cross".

    Now Christ had to hoist the cross up onto His raw and shredded back, or what was left of it...then carry it up a hill in His weakened condition. We see in scriptures how weak He had become in that He could not carry it without the aid of another man. Usually the person being crucified would only carry the crossbeam (75-100 pounds), which would be later attached to the main vertical beam after he had been nailed to it.

    The spikes used to crucify the victim were approximately 7 to 9 inches long and filed to a point. They would be driven through the wrist about an inch below the palm of the hand. Medically defined, this point was between the radius and ulna and the small bones of the hand, the carpal bones. This was done because if driven into the palm of the hand the weight of the victim would be sufficient enough to rip the hand from the nail and then the victim would fall off the cross. Driven through the wrist ensured this would not happen, as the nail would rip through until it jammed against the carpal bones.

    The nail also placed pressure on or pierced the median nerve. This kind of pain can be described as the same as when you hit your "funny bone", only imagine that pain intensified in volume and duration. In addition to this pain the destruction of this nerve also caused permanent paralysis of the hand. Now firmly affixed to the crossbeam, it then would be attached to the vertical beam. Next, the legs would be flexed at a 45 degree angle and the feet were flexed downward at a 45 degree angle until they were parallel to the vertical beam. The feet would be driven through with another spike between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsel bones. The dorsal pedal artery would be severed and, again, the nerve would be pierced and the tarsal bones would act as the brake for keeping the spike from ripping through the foot as the victim pushed against it.

    Death by being crucified is a slow death by asphyxiation. Due to the contractions of the muscles in and about the chest region caused by bearing the weight of the body on outstretched arms, the victim's body would be in an elevated state of perpetual inhalation. In order to be able to exhale, the victim would have to push downward with his legs bearing the weight of his body against the nail in his feet to relieve the pressure on the arms and chest area. All the while scraping his open back against the wood of the beam.

    He would then be able to hold this position long enough to exhale, then would slump down placing the weight of his body on his arms. After this repetitious movement in an effort to breathe, his arms would be stretched up to 6 to 9 inches as both shoulders would come out of joint followed by the elbows and wrists. This process would continue until the victim became exhausted, at which point he would go into cardiac arrest. This process produces and elevated blood carbon dioxide (CO2) and a diminishing level of blood oxygen. The elevated level of blood CO2 causes the heart rate to increase in order to increase oxygen to the blood and the transportation of CO2 out of the blood.

    This condition is called respiratory acidosis. Simply speaking, the CO2 in the blood turns to carbonic acid, which elevated the acidity of the blood. After several hours, the heart begins to fail and the lungs collapse and fill with liquid. Due to loss of blood and hyperventilation, the victim experiences severe dehydration. Christ called out from the cross, "I am thirsty" (John 19:28). Eventually, all these lead to death. In severe cases of cardiac stress, the heart can actually burst, which is called Cardiac Rupture.

    Due to all the trauma caused by these conditions there would be a build-up of fluids in the lining of the heart and lungs. These conditions are medically known as pericardial effusion and pneumatic effusion. The water mixed in the blood witnessed by John when the Roman soldier thrust the spear into Christ's side illustrates this. As the spear pierced Christ's heart and lungs the mixture of water and blood from the linings spilled forth.

    Again, Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled:
    (Isaiah 52:14) "His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness."
    (Isaiah 53:5) "He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our inequities."
    (Psalm 22:14, 16-17) "I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me...they have pierced my hands and my feet, I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots or my clothing."
    (Zechariah 12:10)"....they will look upon me the one they have pierced.

    The Roman guards mocked Him and divided up His clothing by casting lots and even at this point Christ showed compassion by forgiving them.
    (Luke 23:34) "Forgive them Father for they know not what they do."

    Usually taking a metal rod, striking it against the victim's legs and therefore breaking them can speed up the crucifixion process. This was termed "the crurifragium". This would not allow the victim to push against his feet in an effort to inhale in which case sped up the death to as fast as nine minutes.

    With the Jewish religious celebration of Sabbath upcoming, the Romans decided to pursue this option. This was not done to Christ however, for when the guards came to break His legs, He had already relinquished His Spirit. The piercing His body with the spear was to make certain He was indeed dead. Again, Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled:
    (Psalm 34:20) "He protects all his bones, not one will be broken."

    (Exodus 12:46)"....do not break any of my bones."
    (Numbers 9:12) "They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones."

    These last 2 verses were in reference to how to prepare a sacrifice to God, of which Jesus became on our behalf.

    In a society where we crave the gore, the blood and the guts, we shy away from the true picture of the torture Christ suffered for us. I wonder why this is? Upon reflection however, I see a sinister plan at work. Just how many people would be affected and moved towards salvation knowing exactly what Christ endured in our place? How could you dispute His love for us? How could you deny Him?

    I don't think Satan wants us to see the real picture. I think he knows that it would move masses of people to Christ. How could you not love a man who was WILLING to suffer like this for you? What has Satan demonstrated in regards to his love for you? How hard a choice is it to choose between the 2? I don't doubt that if someone saved your life today, in some way, you would feel compelled to give him something, grant him some desire. Here is a picture of a man who died a gruesome death and suffered excrutiating pain so that you would not have to.

    I believe that Christ suffered Hell being crucified on the cross. Christ did this for you so you wouldn't have to suffer Hell. And what is His one request for this? He says, "Follow me, love me." How easy should that be? What kind of heart is in the man who cannot give Him this? Here comes the amazing thing. If someone did save your life today and died in doing so, could he also come back to life and promise you that you will live eternally? Christ did!!

    Not only did Christ save us from eternal pain and torture in Hell, but Christ promises us an eternal life with Him in Heaven. The thing that constantly blows me away is this: If He was powerful enough to bring Lazarus back to life and Himself come back from the grave, He could have saved himself on the cross at any time. But He didn't.

    It was the most powerful display of love that was and will ever be. Never to be duplicated or even imitated. If you haven't made a choice concerning Christ, I urge you to consider Christ being crucified, consider the resurrection, and then consider the promise of eternal life. What other "God" offers this?

    Make a choice for Christ while you still have time.
    "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shouldn not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
    Yeah you're right Joe...you didn't HAVE to ask...Jesus willingly died for us...thank you Jesus♥
    Kathryn, yes people have suffered before. But can they offer you eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven like Jesus can? We can only get there through Jesus Christ.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, and I am so grateful for giving His life for me.
      He took the punishment which I deserved
      Paid my debt of sin, and allowed me to free!
      What love is this - for me
      The guilty one - now set free.
      Thank you Jesus

  8. QUESTION:
    What could the pressure be under right rib?
    About six weeks ago I had blood work that was done on my kidneys, liver, and white blood cells. The test was normal. Yesterday I had a abdomen ultrasound on all organs. I haven't got the results yet. The problem is I keep having this pressure under my right ribs, and sometimes it will move to the right side of my stomach. My doctor told me that my large intestines is on the right side but I just begin feeling this pressure about 2 months ago. It comes and goes. It will go away about 3 days and then it's back again. I don't have pain. I looked on the internet but nothing could give me info about the pressure under the ribs. Usually when I lay down on my back and touch my stomach it's usally harder on my right side, except for last night, my entire stomach was flat. I did have a bowel movement about an hour before I notice how flat my stomach was, could it be my intestines. I also had a barium enima a month ago which was normal. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I have been having the same pain under my right rib its like a fullness feeling and sometimes I can even see it stick out further than the rest of my body. I have had my gall bladder checked and all sorts of bloodwork, scans, etc. I have no idea what it is other than it is very annoying. Mine comes and goes but it has been constant for this past week. Please feel free to email me at jdavis20@gmail.com I would love to talk to you about it. Im 24 years old.

  9. QUESTION:
    Diet and disease: How many of the diseases we experience in America are caused by the food we eat?
    How much are we spending on healthcare to treat diet-caused illnesses?

    From the book Eat To Live by Joel Furhmen, MD:

    .."People are completely unaware that most illnesses are self-induced and can be reversed with aggressive nutritional methods. ...The medical-pharmaceutical business has encouraged people to believe that health problems are hereditary and that we need to swallow poisons to defeat our genes. This is almost always untrue.

    "...My clinical experience over the past ten years has shown me that almost all the major illnesses that plaque Americans are reversible with aggressive nutritional changes designed to undo the damage caused by years of eating a disease-causing diet. ....These conditions...can be effectively prevented or treated through superior nutrition. As their medical problems gradually melt away, patients can be slowly weaned off the medications they have been prescribed."

    "Dietary-Caused Illnesses with High Prevalence":

    --acne
    --appendicitis
    --atherosclerosis
    --diabetes (adult)
    --fibromyalgia
    --gout
    --high blood pressure
    --irritable bowel syndrome
    --macular degeneration
    --sexual dysfunction
    --allergies
    --asthma
    --constipation
    --diverticulosis
    --gallstones
    --headaches
    --hypoglemic symptoms
    --kidney stones
    --musculoskelatal pain
    --stroke
    --angina
    --arthritis
    --colonic polyps
    --esophagitis
    --gastritis
    --indigestion
    --lumbar spine syndromes
    --osteoperosis
    --uterine fibroids

    "Not only are common disorders such as asthma associated with increased body weight and our disease-causing diet, but in my experience these diseases are also curable with superior nutrition in the majority of cases. Asthma is an exampleof a disease considered irreversable that I watch resolve regularly. My patients routinely make complete and *predictable* recovery from these illnesses, predominantly through aggressive dietary changes. ...Diseases that are considered irreversible I see reversed on a daily basis."

    • ANSWER:
      Your info. works for me Amy. One of the major topics in our church is Health. Our Hospital is Loma Linda, Calif. We are killing our selves through our mouth. 5 food groups--Fruit, Veggies, Grains, Nuts, and beans. All washed good and all fresh. I see people totally live on this and they live to be very healthy....and old too. Do I follow this totally being an SDA. I really try. I did not grow up as a Vegetarian but my Boy and family are and they look great. I on the other hand am about 25 lbs over. It is hard to change old, bad habits but we can always keep working on it. With God nothing is impossible. Don't ever give up doing the very best you can. If you have to eat meat once a week, be sure it is dead as a door knob. Disease comes in the blood and fat. Don't eat that part. Leviticus 11 tells you the clean meats to eat if you want to follow the Bible from beginning to end and believes the Bible is for"ALL" man kind. Not just yours , mine but Ours. Pray before you go shopping and always have a meal before you go. This is the worst thing you can do is shop hungry. I go through so many Snow Balls this way. Big mistake. Remember it is so hard to learn and concentrate on God when you are sick. That is why He wants us to be healthy.Amy is right, you can reverse illnesses. I have seen that done too. Weight and bad habits is a big one for the U.S. Remember Goodies are a Goodie..not a staple.You get a goodie once a week, and that is it. If you really want to be healthier and lose abit of weight,you can do this, Your obedience to God to take care of this Temple,whom we house for the Holy Spirit, is not impossible. Think,make a list and don't let your cravings run you. No more Mickie D..those things will kill you. God help us all in this area. Love always in Christ..missleslie

  10. QUESTION:
    How come vets say never to fed a cat food to a dog, as it too high in protein & fat? ?
    How come vets always tell you never fed cat food to a dog as it is
    Cat food is too high in protein and fat for a dog.
    The recommended protein for adult cat is 30%!?

    How come then that many holistic, organic and natural dog food contain 35%+ protein, some contain 42%protein and other contain 52%protein? Yet are apparently safe to feed, without causing kidney damage? I have numerous vet tell me that high protein leads to kidney failure and i also read plenty of information from people who have fed these dogs, these high protein diet and have gotten damage kidneys? here is just one website-
    Here is one of the review
    kristinabutler55 (0)
    Please be aware that this IS a great food, but is very HARD on the KIDNEYS!! Especially in small breeds. We have a 5 yr old Shih Tzu. He is allergic to EVERYTHING, Innova Evo, Chicken was the best with the least allergens. It did reduce the poop, not that his tootsy rolls were and issue any ways compared to my lab. It does make the coat beautiful. We almost lost our Shih Tzu though. This food and this food alone was the cause of my babies Kidneys nearly shutting down. It was AWFUL! We had to go through Many days and night at the vet and weeks of IV fluid therapy at home and loads of money at a vet to fix this problem. His Kidney is forever damaged. Innova is a great food and I still tell people, just check your fur babies kidney levels periodically to be sure everything is functioning normally. As in everything, this was MY experience, just sharing :)
    http://www.rateitall.com/i-240577-innova-evo-dog-food.aspx?&orderBy=1&pagesize=all

    kaspbo (0)
    I have been using EVO for about 3 months for my 9yrs old 50lbs mix breed. First Chicken formula where she gained so much weight I decided to switch to reduced fat formula. I did see a great improvement in less shedding. I switched foods very slowly and am now on the reduced fat completely. In the last week she has become severely dehydrated and is drinking so much that she urinated in the house twice (hasn't done this in 8 years). She has also suffered from terrible upset bowels. I have her on rice now to calm the stomach but I am going to have to switch foods. Her symptoms are the same as the pom listed in a previous post.

    minachan282 (0)
    When I first got my pom I had him on the red meat formula due to his chicken allergies, shortly thereafter he was inhaling water as though he was severely dehydrated, his stools were foul smelling and dark and he was urinating everywhere. We kept him on this diet for a full week to give it a shot but with no improvement. I think this may be great for working breeds or very active dogs but the protein levels were much too high for my house dog.

    TeresaG (31)
    I recently responded to this food as just Innova, and not EVO ~ so I need to say, while the ingredients are good, please be aware that the ADULT food is 42% crude protein. That is VERY high for most dogs, so if you do not have a Working Dog ~ ie. Hunting Dog, Police Dog, etc. just be careful about the weight if you have a not so active dog.

    woodside (0)
    We started feeding evo to our Toy Manchesters on the advice of a customer who was showing our dogs..at first it looked good,,less poop better haircoat...but in time we had problems with patchy hair coat, and frequent urination...all tests were negative for any mange, thyroid etc...after removing from evo it was a turn around..it is dangerous for small active house dogs..

    howlingwolf (0)
    Fed my Great Dane+Rottweiler mix dog this food for 1 year. During that time, she would eat grass all the time, fart a lot, be hungry all the time, beg a lot, poop a lot and have diahorrea occasionally. My dog is a very high energy dog that plays fetch everyday for an hour and a walk for an hour. She started urinating in the house involuntarily and I took her to the vet. Vet said the protein levels are too high in the blood, kidneys are under a lot of pressure and asked me to stop feeding this food. My rationale: If 42% protein in this food is not for a high energy and athletic dog like mine, then what kind of a dog is this suitable for! Although the ingredients are good, protein levels are too high for any dog and most of it is not digestible. So this food is not good. Reviews from people who fed their dogs this food for more than 8 months have not been good. So please use the brain cells you got and analyse and stay away from this food.
    http://www.rateitall.com/i-240577-innova-evo-dog-food.aspx?&orderBy=1&pagesize=all

    The recommend protein for a adult dog is 18% and 9-15% fat
    The recommended protein a puppy is 28% and 17% fat
    the recommending protein a racing sled dog is 35%protein & 50% far
    Performance dog recommended protein is 25% & 20% fat
    Lacting dog recommending 28%protein & 17%fat

    Explain why this is happening, if so call extreme protein are safe?

    Remember cats and dogs are very different in the nutritional needs.

    • ANSWER:
      INTRESTING!!! When the extreme protein stuff came out many were viewing it with suspition but these are the first horror tales I have heard.

  11. QUESTION:
    what can my doctor be missing?
    i had bad right kidney pain thought it was a stone or impacted bowel,xray says i'm fine also ct scan. still have kidney pain swollen belly and now a burning tearing pain below belly button and above to the right. if you put pressure on my stomach it hurts also nausea worse when i get up in the morning. i feel like giving up,any ideas i can bring up to my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been checked for Chrons disease? or any ulcers in your stomach?

      When I found out I had Chrons. I was having a lot of right side pain and swollen stomach area, also pain in lower abdomen.

  12. QUESTION:
    Where do I start?? Help :( ?
    Well, as the title says, I don't know where to begin. I'm gonna say now that this is more of a 'vent' than a question, so if you read on be prepared.

    At the moment I think I'm at my lowest. I can't see where life could ever take me that I haven't been before. I feel so embarrassed by the person that I am that I hardly ever leave the house, never have money and have lost all my friends.

    Let me start by saying that I'm a 27 yr old male who has had (IMO) a rough journey in life. I love my parents to bits bit sometimes I wonder if they only had me do I can care for them. Of course in reality this isn't true but when you read on you'll understand.

    I think I've had mild depression since I was about 14. My family were pretty poor and the only time I got anything new was birthdys/christmas. You may say 'boo hoo' bit I mean ANYTHING, like I'd wear the same clothes to school every day of the year, unless I used birthday/Xmas money. Maybe nothing too trivial there.

    When I was 16, I didn't really get on well with my mum but it was just normal teenage stuff, nothing major. But I found her one day slumped in the chair unconscious, turning blue. Shed taken an overdose and I've never been so scared in my life. I called an ambulance and they said she would be dead if I didn't spot it soon enough. Then followed 2 months of hospital trips, including seeing her I'm intensive care.

    At the time, my patents were getting divorced so it made it all the harder. Luckily, when she got home, there was no permanent damage.

    Then, a year later, she did it again. Me and her had a petty argument, I went out, and came home to see an ambulance outside my house. She had apparently been popping small amounts of pills all day and finally confessed to my dad.

    She ended up on a mental home for 3 months.

    Then there's my dad. Mr 'I don't want responsibilty and am scared of life'! He's basically am alcoholic but won't admit it. He's honestly one of my best friends, but now he's on his own, he can't cope. If he gets a bill, he hides it.

    Since he moved in on his own, his alcohol dependancy has bcome worse, to the point where he was drinking 3-4 bottles of whisky a week and smoking 35-40 cigs a day. About 6. Months ago, he went to the pub with his mate, they got split up and my dad tried to walk home. It was about 12:30am I got a call to say he'd been hit by a car. At the time I just thought it was a bump, but then when I heard his injuries I knew it was serious.

    He had fallen flat on his back in the middle of the road and a car had gone straight over him.

    He had basically broken every bone in his upper body plus head injuries. Luckily, the car had missed his legs. He was in intensive care on life support for 6 weeks. During that time, his stomach swelled and he had to be rushed into surgery to have his bowel removed as it was perforated. He now has a colostomy bag.

    The nurses at that point didn't hold out much hope for him as he was extremely ill. Two days later his kidneys failed and we spent 2days thinking he was gonna die (only machines keeping him alive) before they said his kidneys were fine. Then his blood pressure and temperature dropped! Could he survive?

    He spent 6 weeks in ICU under sedation for the pain, and they told us at that point that he would survive but would be in hospital another 6 months to a year. Well, my dad my me a lot of things but he's a fighter. He quickly became mentally alert, but couldn't walk. Then a week or so later, the nurses got him to walk a few feet, with one holding each side. They said then that it would take months for him to walk on his own, never mind care for himself!

    But then the miracle happened. 1 week later and he was walking, albeit short distances, unaided. He was on crutches but threw them away! 2weeks later, after a couple of day trips home, he was home to stay! But just as my prayers had been answered, they were shattered once again.

    He literally came in the door, put his jacket on and went to the shop for cigs! After he'd been kept breathing by a machine for 6 weeks and hospitalized for a further 8 weeks!

    I moved in with him to make sure he was okay, but after a couple days he was drinking again! Not to the amount as before, but still!

    To this day he is now drinking and smoking as much as ever! Be never leaves the house, except to go to the local shop or visit his mum. Sits at home watchin TV all day!

    And then, just as we were getting over him nearly dying, my granddad died. We live in a fairly small town and I can honestly say my grandfather was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He had emphysema for about 9 years and was houseboind for the majority of those but I'm glad to say he didn't suffer and he said himself he knew he was going and wanted to go while he still had his 'marbles'! But even so, it was still a shock. And having a cord at his funeral is probably the saddest, yet proudest, moment o
    Sophia, thank you for that answer. Very intelligent for a 16 year old!

    I'm not religious really no. But that quote is very relevant. Immediately sounds like something Forrest Gump would say lol, but is very true.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Multiple sclerosis symptoms? Spina bifida, kidney failure, other health problems?
    My husband &I are really worried. He is 42 years old &born w/spina bifida. He has always been mobile &worked hard at his job. He lost a kidney @ 4y.o. and now his remaining kidney is loosing more function (about 40%). He also has a urostomy and has issues w/bowels. He is dx w/high blood pressure, controlled with medication. Recently,2-wks ago), he was admitted into the hospital for extremely high fever btw 104 &106. His body had produced an e-coli infection that zapped him. He lost function of his kidney from 56% to 40%. He was extremely dehydrated &was swollen in the face to where his eyes were almost swollen shut. We think this is bc his kidney wasn't filtering due to the infection. On Monday of this past week, he felt so much better &went back to work. His nephrologist &urologist are just monitoring him bc he is doing well w/those functions. Our concern is that his legs are like jello& twitch @ night, his balance is off, his hands are numb&trembling, he is sooo fatigued& has a hard
    time w/even simple activities. Is there a concern to get checked for MS? Can you have Spina bifida and MS? Thank you for your help and knowledge.
    He has always had the twitching of legs at night and muscle spasms. Some nites are worse than others. He has in the past 4-5 years developed the hand tremors, mostly when he's mowing or has been exposed to heat. The jello/rubber legs are new and they are sore, I assume from the spasms. We associated the fatigue w/kidney. Not sure where to go. We are a newly married couple 4 years seeking fertility treatments to have a baby. I just want him to feel better. I would take it all for myself if I could. I've never even had a fever over 100 and hardly get a cold. I just worry about him so much! Thanks for listening!
    One more thing, he also has a horrible dry cough that they checked w/a chest x-ray in the hospital that came back okay. Could this be a symptom too?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had MS for 10 years and his symptoms could be MS but they could also be caused by something else. Is he using any products with artificial sweeteners? If so, stop immediately because these can poison you and mimic MS. You'd be surprised what products have artificial sweeteners in them these days. I can't chew any gum at all anymore because all of them are using some form of artificial sweetener even if they are not sugarless. Read labels and make sure he isn't ingesting any of them. If it turns out he has MS this is especially important because it will just aggravate the symptoms. I'm truly sorry he has been dealing with so many medical issues. I know how hard it can be dealing with MS and just the issues it alone causes.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any ideas what this strange abdominal and back pain may be?
    A week ago I had a sharp pain in my lower right back. It's about where my kidney is. I thought little of it, but the next couple days it happened periodically, then I felt what I can only describe as something inside there pushing outwards kind of pressure along with pain, but it was off and on.---

    Eventually this was accompainied by some lower right abdominal pains, occasional nausea, light headedness, disorientation, etc. The doctor say there was no blood in my urine, he thought it unlikely to be my gall bladder and very unlikely to be my appendix.---

    He put me on ranitidine (Zantac), and did blood tests to check for infection (they aren't back yet). Today, 2 days later, the "pressure" is much worse, and the pain in my abdomen more steady, along with more frequent back (kidney area) pains.

    Urination is normal, bowel movements mostly normal, though a decrease in appetite. No fever. Just feels like I'm carrying a full water balloon between bottom rib and hip bone. Idea

    • ANSWER:
      It completely sounds like you are passing kidney stones. You don't have to have blood in your urine for these calcium deposits to work their evil way out of you, your body may have already broken down a large stone that was not at first able to pass. It is excruciatingly painful to not pass kidney stones because you need to do lithotripsy first. See a competent urologist. I can't believe your doc didn't even mention kidney stones...Good luck, and God Bless.

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you drink you 8 cups of water a day?
    Do you know the signifigance of water? Read it if you please:

    What kinds of symptoms result from drinking too little water? Most commonly I see constipation, dry and itchy skin, acne, nose bleeds, repeated urinary tract infections, dry and unproductive coughs, constant sneezing, sinus pressure and headaches.

    You might ask how a lack of water intake can cause this wide array of symptoms. Water is required by every cell in the body as nourishment and to remove wastes. When water becomes scarce, the body tries to limit the amount it loses through breathing, mucous production, urination, perspiration and bowel movements.

    Several cups of water are lost daily through breathing because the lungs require humid air to do their work. In the winter when drier air prevails outside and heating systems (especially forced hot air and wood stoves) dry out the air inside, even more water is lost. It is estimated that on an average day in the fall, 3-4 cups of water are lost through breathing. On a cold, dry winter day as much as 2-3 more cups of water may be lost in this way. The body has to moisturize the air before it reaches the lungs and does so through the mucous membranes lining the nasal passages and the bronchi. As available fluid decreases, the mucous lining becomes drier. This in turn irritates the lungs, causing them to become more reactive to dust, mold particles, cigarette smoke and other irritants, and less resistant to viruses and bacteria. The result: dry cough and bronchitis.

    The mucous membranes of our lungs and gut are an important component of our resistance to disease. They provide an effective barrier to bacteria, viruses and pollutants when intact. But a number of substances (such as aspirin) are known to harm this barrier. What is less well known is that a lack of water in the body makes the all important mucous less viscous and can cause constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and a slowed movement of the bowels contents. These problems in turn increase ones risk of other long term disease including hemorrhoids and colon cancer. The mucous lining in the sinus passages is similarly vital as a defense against disease. When it becomes drier, sinusitis, nose bleeds and allergic symptoms worsen.

    Obviously, we all lose some water through urination and urination is required for the removal of various toxins from the body. When fluid volume is diminished, the ability of the body to remove toxins through urination is also diminished. It is a comon misunderstanding that the more water we drink, the harder it is on the kidneys. In fact, except for people with some uncommon kidney problems, the opposite is true. Water soluble toxins cannot be easily removed through the bowels, especially when a lack of water also causes constipation. These toxins then must be eliminated in other ways such as through the skin. The increase in body toxin levels can cause headaches and fatigue. The attempt by the body to remove excess levels of unwanted chemicals through the skin can cause acne and will aggravate eczema.

    The easy solution to all these problems is to drink more water. Coffee, tea and soda all contain caffeine which is a known diuretic and will actually accentuate the symptoms of fluid loss. Fruit juices are more concentrated in sugar than your body's fluids and so the body will attempt to dilute them in the gut thereby causing a loss of water from other areas of the body. In the dry, hot air of winter and very hot days of summer, drink at least 10 glasses of water daily for optimal health. During the spring and fall, 8 glasses will suffice for most people, although those with inhalant allergies do best to drink as much water as possible. Pregnant women need to drink at least 50% more water daily than they would while not pregnant. People who exercise vigorously should add one glass of water for each 30 minutes of exercise. Herbal teas and diluted fruit juices (1/3 fruit juice to 2/3 water) can be substituted for some of the water. Drink one extra glass of water for each cup of coffee or black tea you have. Humidifying the air in the winter will help reduce water loss, but be careful to clean humidifiers daily to discourage bacteria or mold build up.

    What type of water is best? Activated carbon or charcoal filtered water is probably the least expensive way to drink 'safe' water. The carbon filter removes most of the carcinogens and bacteria commonly found in drinking water. These filters are often very inexpensive and can be found in almost any department store. Distilled water has had all the metals (both harmful and helpful) removed. None of the flourinated and chlorinated hydrocarbons (coming from combining fertilizers and pesticides with flouride and chlorine) are removed. It is these hydrocarbons which are linked with the most health problems. Bottled spring waters may be healthy, but they are not yet required to be analyzed for chemical and bacterial levels.

    Water can be a miracle cure for many common ailments. Try drinking some now and see if you don't feel better!

    • ANSWER:
      I definitly need to drink more water!

  16. QUESTION:
    Liver failure,Pneumonia,help?
    My cousin was found last thursday 11/19 not concious. He was rushed to the ER and they had to hook him up to a ventilator. He deficated on his self. They don't know how long he was like that before they found him. He has been in the hospital since and not alert. Today is the first time he has nodded yes or no and smirked. They had to give him 4 blood transfusions and some platelets.His platelets were at 17k but not that he got some blood and platelets it's at 83k.. When he was brought in his WBC was at 31k... He has been getting dialysis every other day and they are taking fluid out of him, because he is swelling. They told us he is in liver failure, kidney failure and his bowels are NOT working at all. They gave him doculax to get his bowels moving, but it's not helping. He also has sepsis.(blood infection) and pneumonia. They don't know WHY he is like he is. He has been on psych meds for yrs for schizophrenia. We are wondering if these meds are the cause for this or what could have happend. We are hoping his liver shows signs of imrovement. They finally took him off blood presusre meds and sedatives. He is holding his own blood pressure pretty well. The nurse informed that that could be because of the fluids in him. We don't know if he has any brain damage, but he nods yes and no and he looks at us.We tried to give him a pen to write us something, but he doesn't seem to be able to close his hand or squeeze our hand with him. Does anyone have any idea on what the chances for his liver to come back are, or what if anything tthey can do about his bowels not working? I was informed that he was constipated for almost 2 months, but he never had pains from it. The DR'S First thought that he perforated his colon and the toxins went through his blood, but now they say NO. That they don't think it was that. So what could this be from!?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      this is only my opinion, but going on the info you gave it sounds to me like maybe he was first into some type of infection due to his wbc being so high. The normal count is around 10-12,000k and since he was at 31 I'm willing to go with a colon problem. There's no one that can go without a bowel movement for 2 months.After a week there would be some type of problem within the abdominal cavity causing so much pain, swelling and bloating with gas that the bowels would start to back up into the stomach. Does he still have his appendix? This is worth a chance at thinking that if his appendix was infected and not taken out it could have burst and then the infection would have gone into the abdominal cavity wreaking havoc their. I'm also wondering who was in charge of your cousin's care too. This person is the one that needs to be answering these questions. Good luck and God Bless

  17. QUESTION:
    24yr/m Having thin,sticky, Smaller than normal and sometimes flat stool.?
    I am 24/m, and having Thin, sticky, some times flat and smaller than normal stools for the past 5 days. I dont have any kind of pain or cramp in the stomach or abdomen area apart from the Dull pain i get in the lower abdomen sometimes which is not too annoying. Also i dont get any pressure when passing stool and have to strain, like yesterday i had drank around 3 liters of water but i think my bowels were blocking the urine as i wasn't having the urge to urinate for more than 2 hrs (Where did all that go) so i went to the toilet and forced to urinate and dark yellow urine in very small amount came out, at the same time i strained for a bowel movement and succeeded however the result was the same shape and size, immediately clear urine followed (Which is my usual colour as i drink a lot of water)

    i do have constipation and diarrhea on and off k but this is probably because of me quitting on hash (4 months Back) and cigarettes (1 months back) but mostly i have normal stools but this condition is new.

    Also 10 days back i went to a urologist (i was having discharge with stool) and he checked my prostate for discharge and a little came out, he told me that i have a lower chronic infection and prescribed vebramycin 100 mg for a week and ultrasound of the kidneys, bladder and prostate the results came out normal for all three with no mass or enlargement. i don't have any discharge with my stool now.

    I brisk walk and exercise for 30 mins every alternate day, my diet was not normal before but now i eat properly with fruits and vegetables and sometimes chicken.

    I am really worried as i have heard that thin stools are a symptom of colon cancer please provide me guidance towards proper medical check up

    • ANSWER:
      The reason your stool is different is because of the antibiotics. They kill the microbes in the intestines. It will return to normal once you finish the pills

  18. QUESTION:
    What is causing my increased output of urine?
    I am a 26 year old male with no other significant health problems. The only problem I really have is seasonal allergies and sometimes anxiety issues (both of which are managable without medication).

    I have a fairly healthy lifestyle. I don't always have the best diet but I don't eat fast food much. I also drink plenty of water and do not drink hardly any caffeine.

    Since August 22, 2009, I have noticed a major increase in the number of times I have had to urinate. The strange thing is, when I feel the need, I actually do go quite a bit. I never have the feeling that I have to go but can barely go. At it's worst, I've gone about 15-20 times in a 24 hour period.

    I have also been waking up about 3-5 times during the night to go. Before this, it was always routine for me to wake up only 1 time to go.

    My symptoms include:
    Increased need to urinate and increased output
    Sometimes a slight burning sensation in the urethra after voiding
    Sometimes a slight discomfort in the bladder area
    A feeling of pressure/discomfort around the rectal area
    Sometimes pain in the perineum area after ejaculation (I have had this happen a few times quite a while ago but never had any other symptoms)

    What I DO NOT have:
    Increased thirst
    High blood pressure, heart problems, or weight problems
    Pain in the kidneys or pain in the urethra
    Pain when ejaculating
    Sudden strong urges to urinate that cannot be held (I can still hold it for hours if need be)
    Weak urinary stream (it might be slightly weaker than it was some years ago but I really wouldn't consider it abnormal)
    Difficulty starting stream or dribbling after voiding
    Blood in urine (my urine is always fairly clear - but never watery)
    Any other symptoms related to diabetes insipidus
    Difficulty with bowel movements

    I went to the doctor on August 26 and they did a urinalysis. Everything checked out fine. They also performed a chylmedia/gonorrhea swab. That was negative as well.

    After the visit, the symptoms still persisted.

    I went back to the doctor on September 8. My doctor did a digital rectal exam to feel my prostate. He said it was boggy and said I probably have prostatitis. I have been taking meds since then but have found no relief yet.

    Does prostatitis cause such an increased output of urine? I really don't get it. I know I have some of the symptoms but this one really confused me and is getting annoying.

    It is worth mentioning that my symptoms seem to wax and wane. For instance, I had a few days during these past weeks that my urinary output/frequency was near normal. However, I was still waking up far too frequently at night.

    • ANSWER:
      I was peeing a lot last year it was Kiddney Stone

  19. QUESTION:
    What causes Septic shock in otherwise healthy 35 yr old?
    Today marks the 15th day that mu 35 yr old cousin Bobby is in ICU with septic shock. I need some kind of help. Here is the story

    On November 19th 2009 we got a phone call from my cousin that his brother was admitted into ST LUKE'S hospital and was unconscious. We rushed down to the hospital right away. Bobby had been found in his room on the floor unresponsive. When the EMT's got to him, his blood pressure was 60/34. They admitted him into ICU and further tests revealed that he had septic shock. Doctors had a meeting with the entire family that night and told us that his mortality rate was VERY VERY HIGH. They told us that Bobby's Kidneys and Liver were failing. His bowel system was completely shut down. The only thing Bobby has going for him is his age, and he has a strong heart. They said that had he been a 70 yr old man, they would be advising us to prep for a funeral. They maxed him out on Blood pressure meds, and also gave him dialysis treatments. His WBC were "astronomically high" . He is on a ventilator and oxygen. The next day they flew in platelets from Bergen county NJ. We went through this for a few days and Bobby started to respond to us. He shook his head yes and no, and had hand movement. On Monday 11/30 an Xray, and cat-scan showed that Bobby had an air pocket in his intestine, they were not sure whether he had a hole in his stomach, colon, or intestine. Bobby needed emergency surgery, or he would die. The surgeon advised us all that Bobby's chances of making it through surgery were very low.. During surgery they removed a 3 ft section of his intestine, and his lower colon. They put him on a colostomy bag. After surgery his BP was 50/27.. They told us if he survived the night, it would be a miracle. So, Bobby made it through. The following day Bobby was bleeding out. His coagulation factor was well above 150 they told us they like to see it below 45. They began blood transfusions. From 1pm on Tuesday 12/1 to Wednesday 12/2 bobby received 15 units of blood (15 separate transfusions). They were changing his bandage every hr. The doctors advised us that it was now hr by hr for Bobby. Finally, yesterday Bobby stopped bleeding. He is no longer maxed out on BP meds and holding pressure on his own 146/80. My sister just called me and let me know that Bobby is receiving another dialysis and they plan on doing it for 3 and half hours. She talked to the Doctors, and they said that it's pretty much a wait and see thing. His WBC is still in the upper 30,000.. They told her they like to see it below 10,000. My question is what could have caused this? They say they don't know, and probably never will know. I see the mortality rate for septic shock is high, but even higher with multi-organ failure. What can we expect? I heard it all from DR's, but sometimes I feel "wait and see" is scary to hear...
    I forgot to add that Bobby was on anti-psychotic medication. He is schitzo-effective. He was getting blood work done every two weeks to check his medication levels. This has been ongoing for the last 10 yrs. He is not a drinker, and he also has OCD. Other than that Bobby was otherwise "healthy". Another thing... They had said Bobby colon was massively dilated. He did have constipation problems, however the surgeon told us that he does not believe this was cause by constipation because when he opened him up, the stoole was all liquid..I am very thakful for every one of Bobby's doctors. I understand the communication "barrier" when it comes to "wait and see". I just read up on septic shock, and it's scaring me that after all this time, he could still die. . .He has held his own BP last week, however that changed rather quickly. Emotional Rollercoaster!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Not much else you can do except "wait and see."
      Did you say he is holding pressure on his own? That is a good sign!
      I guess the doctor is very "conservative" and "cautious." regarding to your loved one's condition and prognosis. He just does not want to say something to set himself/herself up because ICU patients are walking a thin line when it comes to life and death. And no one can predict what is going to happen for the next 15 minutes.
      I wish him well and I will definitely pray for him.
      Please email me a message regarding to his outcome...if you don't mind!
      By the way, septic shock caused by widespread infection. It is the most common cause of death in ICU in the U.S. When the EMT got to him, he was in the later phase of the septic shock....characterized by low cardiac output and low blood pressure...no longer produces urine and multiple organ failure may/may not occur.

  20. QUESTION:
    Should I be worried about my abdominal ultrasound I had today?
    Hi. I have been having strange pains in various areas of my abdomen for 2 weeks. They are sort of sharp and a little discomforting, but not very painful (like 1 out of 10). It feels like tenderness pain on the abdomen wall. Like today, while I was lifting boxes during a move, I was feeling the strange "irritation pain" in a few areas of my stomach. These were felt when I would bend and put pressure on abdomen. I have also been having bowel movements once a day for the last 2 weeks, instead of 2 full ones per day like I used to. (also randomly have some very dark/black stools).

    Now...today I had an ultrasound, and the technician did something that has gotten me concerned. The ultrasound was for my abdomen, bladder, and kidneys. She was examining my stomach area and spent about 3 mins on there, taking ultrasound pictures by telling me to hold my breath for a few seconds, then release. Then she asked me to turn onto my left side, and she started doing ultrasound on my right side. (side of body)..now here's the part that got me concerned...she started to feel around just below my right rib cage area with the ultrasound machine, and she asked me "does this hurt here?"...I said no. She then spent like 5-7 mins on that right side of my body, asking me a lot of times to breath in and hold. Then i turned to my other side, and she spent like 2 minutes on it.

    The reason I am worried is that why did she spend so much time taking ultrasound pictures on the right side of my body? (liver area?) And why did she ask "does it hurt here?" Did she see something on the ultrasound? I am a 31 year old male whos pretty healthy. (well I eat a lot of pizza and stuff, but have always been athletic, but must admit, have had very limited cardio for the past few years).

    Does anyone know why an ultrasound tech would spend more time on the side of my body (right)? Thanks in advance. (I asked her how everything was, she said she couldn't tell me anything, and I would need to talk to my doctor next week)

    • ANSWER:
      The majority of your abdominal organs are on the right - liver (which is also the largest), gall bladder, rt kidney - so the majority of time is spent on the right side. Sometimes people have pain in the area where your gall bladder sits if they have stones/sluge, so she was just asking to see where you are tender so she can give the doctor all the necessary info to make a diagnosis. Overall, sounds like a typical ultrasound to me. There's no way to know the results until you get the report from your doctor.

  21. QUESTION:
    Any advise on these symptoms?
    The symptoms I am about to list happen quite frequent to me but they are usually just an achy pain...but for the past week almost they have been a severe pain that could make you cry! I have pain in my lower back, bloating in my abdomin along with a pressure feeling, pain in my abdomin (also painful to touch, move, ect...) and I have gained 5 lbs in a week. My past medical history is: left kidney removed (misdianosis of a kidney tumor), strong history of ovarian cysts, I've had a tubal ligation and an uterian ablasion.
    This pain is so bad...I want to say it has something to do with my bowels (but I do not see how when I just had a colonoscopy 6 months ago and everything was fine) but I am really starting to think it might be my female organs.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello! There are many reasons that you could have pain like you described and unfortunately a physical exam is the only way to truly make an accurate diagnosis. Ovarian cysts are definitely on the possible list, especially with the location of the pain and rapidity of onset. Constipation or an acute gastroenteritis (stomach virus) can cause similar symptoms too. The last thing that could explain all the symptoms is endometriosis which is a little complicated to fully describe here.

      Kidney stones or a urinary tract infection are possible, but they don't explain the bloating or weight gain. Even a gall bladder problem is possible.

      Ultimately, you really do need to see a doctor as soon as possible. I hope you feel better soon!

  22. QUESTION:
    Can I refuse to continue to be my fathers caretaker?
    My father is 55 years old has many health issues. He has had one leg amputated, a kidney transplant, uncontrolled diabetic, high blood pressure, vision problems, mental problems at times,chronic diarrhea and has lost all control of his bowel functions which makes him dependent on diaper use. My wife and I have been caring for him for about 3 months after being discharged from a rehab place. We thought this would be short term but he is unwilling to participate in his care. We have a very long list of medicines for him daily and it takes us about an hour to get him to finish them all because he does not cooperate with taking them. When p.t. comes he always has an excuse as to why he can't do it today. The aide comes once a week to help wash him up and he doesn't let her do anything because he is afraid of getting cold. My wife and I have 3 small children and it is a strain on us in every way possible to continue to care for him. He does get 8.00 a month in ssi benefits but that does not go very far with all his needs. His medicines are very expensive approx.0.00 per month , his diapering items cost 0.00 per month as he uses anywhere from 12-15 per day and the man can eat. He has to have a heater on 24 hours a day the TV on as well as the light is always on. We live in Michigan so it is cold here but the rise in the electric bill is a fortune not to mention his laundry which is 2-3 loads per day depending on how big of a mess he makes using the bathroom in his pants. He has had several trips to the hospital for falls out of bed (thankfully) he hasn't ever gotten hurt. Always has uti infections cause of this. He is not always a pleasant person to be around either. We are trying to refuse to care for him any longer but that doesn't seem to be an option because he refuses to go anywhere. This story could go forever because he never lived with us before. He came up to Michigan for a weekend visit and got ill. He lived in a different state before this and was married until this happened. So we are stuck in a place we cant get out of we need help from somewhere. Last thing is our 3 year daughter was recently diagnosed with severe asthma because of his smells that are hard to cover up with air fresheners. Which is what caused her problem. She has been rushed to the hospital 3 times in 6 weeks because of not being able to breath. Someone please help us.

    • ANSWER:
      take care of your family, u gotta choose between your father or your family

  23. QUESTION:
    Crohn's disease question! Is it or definitely not?
    Ok, here is my question. My doctor and I both think I have Crohn's disease but my tests just aren't confirming anything. I have mouth and throat ulcers since childhood ,chronic diarrhea(4-10 times a day) and sometimes constipation,frequent abdominal pain, inflamation in eyes chronically,malabsorption, some bloody stools, red hard lumps on face, chest and legs(but not shins) pain when I eat, pain with bowel movement, anal fissures, bloating , pressure, pain, severe belching and distended stomach. The tests so far have been small bowel follow through, showed nothing! MRCP showed possible pancreatic head dilation? Ct Scan showed kidney stones and something with the base of the lungs but unremakable otherwise. Colonoscopy showed mild inflamation of sigmoid colon with pettechia. Nothing conclusive. Doctor says he knows we could get the diagnosis with capsule endoscopy. SO what ya think? Please someone with Crohns please help!!
    I am asking for my own peace of mind. I am seeing a gastro and he is dealing with it. I guess what I'm asking is anyone that has crohn's could probably tell me if anything like this happens to others with crohns disease or if it is gotta be something else entirely and I need a new doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Crohn's and I have all those symptoms. I ALWAYS have mouth ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, inflamation (mostly in my joints), malabsorption, pain when I eat, pain with bowel movement, blating...etc. I'd say the only symptom I don't experience are red hard lumps. They weren't able to diagnos me for months because no doctor could figure it out. I'm obviously no doctor, but it sure sounds like Crohns. Good luck, I pray for your health!

  24. QUESTION:
    I've been experiencing abdominal symptoms for 10 days plus now..any insight on what this could be? ?
    I've gone into the ER 3 times this past week, a bunch of tests and physicians visits later (waiting on test results currently) --

    I have the following symptoms:
    Abdominal swelling (severe, almost 2x as large as normal, look like I'm approximately 6 months pregnant)
    Left side abdominal pain/pressure (upper)
    Swelling following eating ANYTHING.
    Periods of alternating constipation and MULTIPLE bowel movements.
    Increased bowel sounds

    CT scan preliminary assessment shows enlarged spleen, completely full colon, colon swelling, stomach swelling, liver swelling, size differential in the kidneys, unexplained spots on the left kidney (the smaller one), the liver, the spleen and the descending colon.

    My ER bloodwork (now am on bloodwork set # 4, 3 from the ER, now one from the physician) shows elevated AST and ALT levels along with mildly elevated WBC.

    I have two more days before my results are put together (blood and CT) and given to me from the physician. I'm wondering what type of GI disorder this fits with. The ER released me with Gastroenteritis..but it doesn't seem to fit with the primarily left side swelling and pain.

    I'm not pregnant, I'm an otherwise healthy 24 year old girl. Onset was very acute, last week Monday and have not regained normalcy since. Presented with tachycardia, mildly elevated temperature, GI symptoms and had numbness in the left side for a week (that's gone away). I've been going between periods of no appetite and increased appetite (especially for sweets which I NEVER have). I usually train 5-7 days / week, exercise very frequently, eat a very balanced diet...have never had any problems in the past, weigh 135, 5 foot 4 (though with the swelling am up to 147 in 10 days...that's 12lbs!!) and am experiencing absence of menstrual cycle and nausea (not pregnant - serum tests are negative) - late by now 9 days. HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      This is one for the gastroenterologist to sort out. I know it's hard in the waiting, but even with all the things you list- there are still lots of other test results needed to even give you an intelligent guess. The elevated AST and ALT levels suggest there is trouble involving your liver, but there are plenty of other things that can cause that to happen. If you are in the habit of taking any sort of nutritional supplements, be sure you mention all of them to your doctor, including any alternative or questionable things. The doctor won't care legal, illegal or otherwise- only that he's got the fullest picture. I believe it's not going to be something as simple as gastroenteritis, no- this isn't a case of bad burritos. But unfortunately, that still leaves a lot of other possibilities. I don't want to list them all because some of the choices are frightening, and there's no point worrying yourself even sicker. If you haven't got somebody nearby to provide you support during this, I do suggest you get somebody. It's miserable to be sick and on your own.

  25. QUESTION:
    Congestive Heart Failure, Could someone please help?
    My mother is 85 years old and has congestive heart failure she was diagnosed with it about 5 years ago.She is usually in and out of the hospital several times during the year. Mom has a pace maker that was put in about 10 years ago due to irregular heart rate. Mom's Blood pressure is usually extremely high around 180/110 sometimes lower and sometimes a little higher. She is on Blood pressure meds for this but they have never seemed to get it under control.
    Last Friday Mom got sick and was having a really hard time breathing so we took her to the ER she was admitted for CHF they put her on Lasix to try and remove the fluids...her blood pressure dropped (which I am being told is normal with Lasix) her Blood pressure on Monday was 98/48 which is terribly low esp for her...then the next time they would take it ..it would be like 120/58...it has been up and down now for 3 days today her BP was 157/59 which sounds bad to me.Also Mom has a problem with her kidneys she tends to get severe infections...well they put a cath tube in her kidneys on Friday (I assume it help drain the fluid) her kidneys was clear when we first got to the hospital but by Sunday her urine was almost red with small clots of blood in the cath bag. Over the past 2 days Mom has been having very labored breath, severe weakness, nausea, uncontrollable bowel movements, not eating nor drinking, talking out of her head unwilling to try to get out of the bed, non-responsive. Today she was having such a hard time getting her breath laying down I got her in the chair and I honestly thought she was going to pass out completely before I got her in the bed. Mom is on oxygen 24/7 today when they checked her oxygen level it was 83 with the oxygen on.
    I know Mom is older and she has been suffering with CHF for several years but Mom seems to get really bad then bounces back from it every time but this time seems much worse than any of the other times...I am afraid this one is the end. I just want to know what to expect I have talked to the Doctors and Nurses about what to expect and I have not gotten any answers..most of what I get is everybody is different and she could go either way..I realize this but I want to know how much worse she is going to get..I don't know if I can stand to watch her in any more pain than she is in now.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to say that unfortunately it doesn't sound like her situation is very good. The doctors and nurses are probably not giving answers because every person is different and some people will bounce back and live for a few more years whereas some don't last very long. For this reason they can't really guess how your mother is going to cope, they don't want to give you false hope and tell you she'll be fine, and they don't want to tell you she's got a month left and then have her survive another 2 years. It's a difficult thing to say. I'm sorry that you have to watch her go through this but all I can say is keep being there for her and giving her all the love and support you can, and try to get the most out of every day as you can, as it if was the last.

  26. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain, short of breath?
    *- gets worse right before, during and/or after period

    * - has been getting worse or more noticable, especially over the last month

    ALMOST CONSTANT

    *Frequent and delayed urination (15+ times/day including @ night) with a feeling of incompletion, sometimes small stream, interrupted stream or normal. Often have to hold my breath to be able to start stream.

    *Uncomfortable/weak feeling in lower abdominal area

    *Random pains (sometimes sharp sometimes dull) in lower abdominal area which sometimes radiate into hips, thighs, buttocks, accompanied by constant lower back pain (often made worse with full bladder)

    *Mood Swings

    **Anxiety

    **Fatigue, often find it very difficult to do everyday things without taking a lot of breaks

    **Cold, or frequent temperature changes

    **Nausea / Loss of appetite, sometimes after eating, or cannot eat my normal amount

    **Sensitive Skin

    *Forgetful and trouble concentrating, feel a disconnect in my brain

    *Sweating even when cold, sweaty clammy hands

    ?LOTS of headaches/migraines

    Overall bad uneasy feeling, feeling very sick, feeling afraid

    VERY FREQUENT/FREQUENT

    *Painful bowel movements, often pain in the lower abdomen, feeling of weakness when trying to push, sometimes heart will skip a beat during bowel movement and have to catch my breath

    *Gas

    **Constipation

    *Side cramps (from kidneys to top of hips)
    *Random chest pains (left breast area. sometimes right breast area, sharp, shooting), different chest pain when I wake up in the morning when I first stand (cramping? left breast area)

    *Dizziness/ Light headedness (especially when standing up, almost every time)

    *Catch myself not breathing during the day sometimes, feel as though not getting a complete breath, yawning and having to take frequent deep breaths

    *Heart Rate changes (feels as though blood pressure dropping and rising, especially when changing from standing to sitting or laying down, or when going to the bathroom), tingling rush in chest followed by empty feeling in lungs

    *Very aware of a strong pulse in my upper torso (visible on stomache when laying) when sitting or laying down (resting), trouble breathing when on back or stomache (feeling of pressure)

    *Feeling of lump in my throat

    *Nausea after intercourse, sometimes painful during

    ?Random sharp pains in all different places of my body

    OCCASIONAL/VARIABLE

    *Intense sharp lower abdominal pain (feels like far along labour pains) which are continuous( does not let up) and varies in length of time

    ?Tingling/numbness (lasts of a few seconds to a minute) in legs, arms, head, sometimes with small pulsing pains, or weakness

    ?Extremely painful gas trapped underneath rib cage area (rarely, used to happen frequently before pregnancy)

    I have been to the hospital twice. Blood tests and urine tests showed no infection. Lower abdominal ultrasound looked normal. Right now having hard pain right below my belly button, doesnt feel hard but if i press i feel dizzy?

    • ANSWER:
      Is there a different hospital in your area you can go to? Or see the help of an internalist doctor. They specialize in internal medicine. They can also be family doctors who specialize in internal meds. Switch up and find new doctors to help you or go to a new hospital. Your info was very descriptive I would print your question so the doc/hosp. can have this pertinent info.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is this problems with my appendix?
    Well the signs I have had and do have are sometimes I can hardly walk or sit, hurts with pressure. Shoots pain up towards my naval. That plus the occasional buildup/blood excreated from my bowels. I am going to the bathroom way more often than I used too, probably 4+ times a day. Bowel Movements are not solid. I have slight gas, but nothing more than I usually do.

    I have had a colonoscopy recently, and the only issues found were small hemroids (not in the area of the pain).

    On a related note I have two kidney stones in my right kidney, but i have passed them before, and this pain is in a completely different area.

    I had previously changed by diet to try and see if it was just the things I was eating. The pain is still there.

    I have had this sort of discomfort/pain for about 2 months now. It didnt used to be this bad, but has gotten to this point within the last couple of days.

    I have a doctors appointment in 4 days. Should I go to the emergency room before hand? I really dont know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Sam,
      Abdominal pain is hard to diagnose because there are so many vital organs that could be involved, and they are all in close proximity to one another. In fact, when you go to the ER with abdominal pain, they typically will not give you pain medicine until they have diagnosed you. They will need to know exactly where you're hurting.

      That said, try to put pressure halfway between your belly button and the "crest" of your right hip, press in with two fingers pretty far, and suddenly release. If this causes intense pain, it could be an issue with your appendix. Usually appendicitis is a very accute condition, meaning it comes on very rapidly.

      If your discomfort continues or worsens, I would consider getting in to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if it means going to an urgent care center or an emergency room.

      Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Do fat people understand that Bariatric Surgery is not easy way out?
    The following is a list of possible side-effects and complications to consider before having weight-loss surgery. We will discuss these in more detail at your office consultation.

    1. Anastomotic leak (leak from a connection made to the bowel, usually requires re-operation and long hospital stay)

    2. Anastomotic stricture (narrowing or obstruction at an intestinal connection resulting in vomiting)

    3. Bowel obstruction/strangulation/internal hernia/ischemic bowel possibly needing removal (associated with pain and vomiting, usually requires re-operation)

    4. Injury to an abdominal or pelvic organ/structure (especially the liver, spleen, pancreas, bile duct, stomach, esophagus, colon, bowel, diaphragm, urinary bladder, nerve or blood vessel)

    5. Conversion to an open operation (due to bleeding, poor exposure, large liver, tension on intestines, etc.)

    6. Incisional hernia (more likely if procedure is done open)

    7. Infection or abscess (due to a leak, spillage of intestinal contents, underlying infection, etc)

    8. Bleeding and the potential need for blood transfusion. Blood transfusion carries the risk of infection with bacteria, parasites (malaria), and viruses (hepatitis, HIV/AIDS).

    9. Need for additional surgery or procedures to treat any complication that may occur

    10. Prolonged hospital stay or readmission may be needed to treat complications

    11. Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot in a vein)

    12. Pulmonary Embolus (blood clot going to lung, fatal 30% of the time)

    13. Atelectasis (lung collapse causing fevers, possibly pneumonia)

    14. Pneumonia, lung infection and fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion)

    15. Heart attack (myocardial infarction)

    16. Stroke

    17. Pancreatitis

    18. Rhabdomyalysis (breakdown of the muscle in the body)

    19. Pressure ulcer or decubitus (skin breakdown, may require skin grafting)

    20. Allergic reaction to anesthesia, medications or materials

    21. Nerve or ligament injury from positioning or lying on the operating table

    22. Kidney failure and/or the need for dialysis

    23. Need for ICU care

    24. Need for a ventilator (machine to help you breathe)

    25. Multi-system organ failure (liver, kidneys, lungs, etc.)

    26. Poor cosmetic results (ugly scar, keloid, unattractive incisions, contour defects)

    27. Chronic pain, discomfort, numbness, burning or tingling in the incisions or anywhere else (abdomen, back, extremities)

    28. Transient or chronic nausea/vomiting due to strictures, gastroparesis, food intolerance, etc.

    29. Dysphagia (difficulty or painful swallowing)

    30. Diarrhea, constipation, foul smelling gas and stools

    31. Heartburn (acid reflux) symptoms

    32. Ulcers or gastritis

    33. Intestinal perforation due to ulcer, foreign body, obstructed food, etc.

    34. Development of food intolerances/loss of taste

    35. Dumping syndrome (abdominal pain, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, diarrhea)

    36. Hair loss or thinning

    37. Development of malnutrition or vitamin deficiency

    38. Anemia

    39. Metabolic bone disease (loosing calcium from the bone because of inadequate intake and supplementation) with possible osteoporosis, secondary hyperparathyroidism and bone fractures

    40. Failure to lose an adequate amount of weight

    41. Loss of too much weight

    42. Development of loose or redundant skin

    43. Sterility or inability to become pregnant

    44. Increased ability to become pregnant

    45. Birth defects or fetal injury if you become pregnant. This is less likely once weight has stabilized and laboratory tests are normal. Usually, about 2 years after surgery.

    46. Postoperative depression or other psychological reaction to surgery

    47. Need to revise or reverse the procedure at some point in the future because of nutritional deficiencies, excessive weight loss, pain or other reasons

    48. Extended disability, financial hardship as a result of complications related to weight loss surgery

    49. Parts of your stomach and/or intestines will be inaccessible by endoscopy.

    50. Death (1% nationwide) within 30 days

    • ANSWER:
      It's just amazing how thousands and thousands of people have actually survived this surgery and are now healthy and happy. How long would your list be if you listed all the things that morbid obesity causes in a person. It would be much longer and certainly more serious than those you listed. You get this surgery to save your life. It has done that for my husband who is doing just great with it. He hasn't had a single problem yet other than getting adjusted to eating the right amount to not feel so full. He has lost 80 pounds and feels great. He is so much more active and actually takes long walks all the time. His energy level has skyrocketed. He started planting a garden yesterday and doesn't need anyone to help him get down on the ground to do it which he hasn't done in many years. He doesn't get out of breath like before. His blood pressure has dropped enough to lower his medication for it. Obesity caused him to have both his knees replaced and it still bothered him. Now he no longer has any pain in his knees, and he walks with ease. Next week, we are going to start riding our bikes. I always have had to do it without him, but no more. He is going along with others family and friends. This surgery has done much more for him than anyone can imagine. I don't know why you want to keep running it down, but it is a real lifesaver to many people. Yes, there are risks. But the real question is whether or not the risks of staying obese are greater than the surgery. Most doctors will agree that obesity is the bigger risk for anyone morbidly obese. My husband loves his new life without all that weight. He knew all the risks before he had it done. It was well worth taking those risks for his good health now.

  29. QUESTION:
    Need new ideas about what is wrong with my Dad?
    Ok.M y Dad is on life support right now and has been for 12 days. I want to run some things by you and see what ideas you all can give me on what may be going on with him. At this point we have exhausted all avenues and still can't figure it out. I figure what the hell maybe someone you know may have been in a similar situation and a fresh pair of eyes and brains never hurts so here goes:
    My Dad is 58 yrs old. No significant medical problems other than a previous heart attack 12 yrs ago which was caused by a blocked artery and repaired with a stent. He also has high blood pressure which he takes meds for everyday. No other system problems. He walked into the emergency room at Norfolk General with stomach pains on Jan 28. They sd he had an obstructed bowel due to adhesions and needed to do surgery before the bowel ruptured. So they took him in to surgery that night and everything was repaired and he was sent to a regular room to get better then he would come home in probably a week. Ok so this is where it gets strange....

    36 hours after surgery he crashes. His heart rate jumps up into the 180's and his blood pressure drops down to about 60/40. He then goes into resiratory distress and they decide to move him to ICU. As soon as they moved him, he couldn't breathe at all and they had to intubate him and put him on the ventilator (life support). Into the next night his kidneys start shutting down. They took him back into surgery thinking that something went wrong with the surgery. They found nothing but left his stomach open just in case. Meanwhile his kidneys go into complete failure requiring dialysis everyday. They took him back into surgery on that Monday and closed the wound and sd that everything looks fine in his gut.

    They then figure out that his pancreas is shutting down, his liver enzymes are out of wack, his blood levels drop which then require blood transfusions and he acquired blood clots in both legs and one arm as well as a bed sore on his back and one on his head!

    The doctors have ran every test known to man and can not figure out why. They have no idea what is wrong with him! They point blank told us that they are stumped. We are looking for any ideas right now. And no- it's not sepsis. They have ran 5 different sets of cultures and they all come back negative! So, PLEASE if you have any ideas or similar stories or you know someone who might please ask and let me know. I don't know what else to do! Thank you for taking the time to read this and respond if you think of anything. Keep us in your prayers. Thanks again and God bless! ~Jo

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry for your family. Unfortunately I can't be of any help. Are his doctors contacting other doctors who may be able to help? There must be someone who can determine what is going on. Your family will be in my prayers.

  30. QUESTION:
    Stress and the human body (what can it do)?
    I ask alot of questions on here, but I am trying to figure out whats going on with me. My right side always bothers me, yet it is nothing that causes me to double over. But a little more than half way up my right side about 4 in. below under arm I get a more constant pain, it does really hurt, but it feels like a constant pressure, it has been goin on for several several months, I have had liver, pancreas, kidneys, and gall bladder checked they are all normal. Sometimes it kinda feels like a flutter I guess, but Like I said its directly on my side. Also, in same spot the feeling seems to go into my back and then I have a tingly sensation into shoulder blade (right one) and it goes up to shoulder. I have red ON bowel movements, not in it. I do know I have hemorroids. I was also told about 15 years ago that I have a spastic colon, so I guess that explains why I go to the restroom alot. I DON'T have any nausea, nor do I have any weight loss. I eat just fine, unless I go into a panic or anxiety attack and then I lose my appetite. I have had two rounds of bloodwork in 9 months and they have all been good. Also had an hpylori and it was fine. Now I have 3 kids, they are all VERY busy, 9,8,4. Husband works but I try to do most everything around house to compensate for not working,. I have heartburn and it feels like my chest just wants to explode. I have had 3 ekgs done in 1 year and a half and also normal. I guess my fear is, Is that whatevers going on with me, is going to be unfixable and that is where my anxiety comes from. Please anyone if you can help, it would be appreciated. Whats going on with me.
    .

    I am 32. and also all paps have been normal also.
    Have lots of Lower back pain. Like crampy feeling.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress and Anxiety... It can turn your body into a jumbled mess! There are SO many things that manifest itself as a result of stress and anxiety, things that seem so real and grave, but it is because of the stress.

      Stress and anxiety and unwillingness or inability to deal with it is a cause of a lot of medical ailments, that go away when the stress goes away, also.

      Need to find an outlet to deal with it, walking, reading, running, SOMETHING.

      Hang in there!

  31. QUESTION:
    desperate for some help! need some first time pregnancy answers!?
    My boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex for a pretty steady 5 to 6 month now. He already has 4 kids, proving he's pretty fertile, right? I've never even had unprotected sex prior to him. For the last week or so, I've been experiencing the following symptoms:
    - constipation and painful bowel movements.
    - vaginal dryness that leads to painful intercourse, itching, and a feeling of being highly uncomfortable down there in general.
    -no period (late) however, I have lost a lot of weight recently, but I don't feel unhealthy and my period was perfectly fine last month.
    -multiple daily headaches (few a day, regularly )that interfere with my regular activities.
    -overall feeling of exhaustion, lethargic and sleepy despite any attempts to keep myself stimulated.
    -discharge that is normally minimal or average is now either nonexistent or a lot at one time, but has no smell and is off-white to white.
    -no one's really commented on it as much as some others, but I think I've been being more emotional and moody/crying easily lately.
    -lower back pain
    -cramps, which I never get
    -light headed/off balance or dizzy sometimes
    -passing of gas, which normally seldom happens, especially of this magnitude.
    -extreme acid reflux (about once a week and very painful) to a normal tolerable heart burn. The acid stomach, or reflux, has always been an issue since I was young but seems to be aggravated now.
    -I've started getting queasy periodically throughout the day. Usually around 5 or 6 am and in the evening times. I don't vomit though, or haven't yet anyway. Only when I'm already nauseas do I notice the over-sensitivity to smells.
    -Swollen feet and knees. (Poor circulation, not enough physical activity, kidneys?)
    -constant need to pee, but also not a whole lot of urination each time.
    -when pressure is applied to my belly, sometimes even just resting my hands, a soreness is felt.

    --also, though maybe unrelated, the lymph nodes in my groin seem to have grown or swollen. This would happen with dehydration, right?,

    The last period I had was, I believe, somewhere around the 28th of November. This could be really off, seeing as how I'm not the type that kept hood track of it. That's the best I can narrow it down though; if not the 28th then before. PRIOR to the possibility of me being pregnant, my boyfriend and I were using drugs on a regular basis that could possibly make me dehydrated and/or lacking some categories in nutrition, causing many of these symptoms. ALSO! Not too long ago at all, my discharge has a slight bloody tint to it. I found out that could have some relevance. I have only been using said drugs for 4 or 5 months though, and I don't feel or look sick.
    How soon should I take a test? And how do I do it?? I took one around the time my bf and I got together (only other time I've had a "preg. scare"), but I didn't do it right at all.
    I can't think I'd any other symptoms I've experienced, but will update question if needed. Oh, and I'm an 18 yr old white female with no health problems or any history with hereditary health complications. I don't feel or look sick, just tired. Can anyone think of something else it could be?
    I can't trust my judgement on this one, because I want to be pregnant very badly this time.
    Any type of help is appreciated more than I can say.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    based on my symptoms what do you guys think? about 2 years ago is when it all started i was laying in bed and?
    having anxiety like symptoms. went to the hospital. heart rate was 131 and blood pressure was up. they dismissed it as anxiety i was given ativan and sent home and was asleep for the next 3 days. after that i still walked around very lightheaded with left arm pain and my blood pressure going up and down... and after seeing a cardiologist i was put on beta blockers (which im currently still taking) and had a kidney ultrasound to make sure my high bp wasnt coming from there. and a thyroid ultrasound which found a nodule but no one looked further into. after a few months everything was fine for a year. fast forward to a few months ago the arm pain came back and i was extremely tired and just not feeling right. then i started having problems with my bowels. went to the doctor time and time again over the course of 3 weeks and he thought id had a virus and he put me on antibiotics. finally he did some blood work and my thyroid came back overactive and i was sent to an endo and put on methimazole. she did a thyroid scan and said the overactive thyroid was temporary and it would go away. 2 weeks afterwards we'd realized i was VERY underactive and began taking 75 mcg of synthroid. then about a month ago i STILL wasnt feeling right and id asked my doctor to check my vitamin D.. found out it was low and was then put on 50,0000 units of Vitamin D once a week. now most recently ive been breathing in and experiencing chest pain... the lightheadedness and the left arm pain. hospital says this is pleurisy and im on another round of antibiotics, i also get short of breath on very little exertion. as well as a headache on the left side of my head. my ears pop everytime i swallow and im constantly feeling abdominal bloating and. closer to my menstrual periods.. i get sweaty.. hot and rapid heart rate for about 2 weeks prior. can anyone offer some comforting advice as i dont wanna worry myself to death or keep going around in circles. any tests i should ask for? or any idea about whats causing this? thanks to all who answer. btw im 23 years old
    to answer the question about the bowel complaints i was constantly either constipated or having diarrhea and yes this is still present. and i know this is gross but... during my period its only diarrhea

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I'm a Hashimotos patient and you sure sound like you have that, plus you have symptoms I had--the shortness of breath, the headache, being sweaty. The anxiety too. It's all because you are on Synthroid and probably now have adrenal fatigue, like I got.

      Here's the page that opened my eyes: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

      I then had to do something about my adrenals: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info

      I don't get on here often, but when I do, I try to tell others about this.

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for any advice on Crohn's disease & Pentasa?
    I'm hoping there is someone out there that could help me, I've been sick since May, Dr finally diagnosed me with Crohn's says hes 80% sure.

    Symptoms
    Upper Abdomen
    Pain worsens with activity or bending
    Fatigue
    Bloating
    Gas
    Painful cramps
    Pressure
    Some mucus in stool
    Sometimes tenderness
    Sharp pain above navel moves to under rib cage mostly on left side toward middle
    Scraping feeling in abdomen
    Bowel movements very

    No Symptoms while sleeping
    No Jaundice
    No Blood in stool
    No Dark Urine
    No Loss of appetite
    No weight change
    No vomiting
    No sexual problems
    No heart Palpitations
    No relief after eating
    No relief by bowel movement
    No relief by passing gas

    After taking Pentasa for a few days the pain started to go away. Then I developed joint pain from the Pentasa to the point I could hardly walk this has lasted a month along with the headaches now that joint pain and headaches are no longer a issue I have nausea most of the time. Tired all the time. Still have some pain in gut, not as bad as before Pentasa.
    I have searched forums haven't had any luck.
    So my Questions are,
    How long Does the nausea last?
    Why haven't I lost weight do to the Crohn's?
    Do I really have Crohn's or could I been looking at something else?

    HISTORY

    TEST
    6-24-2008 C-scan abdomen
    7-7- 2008 Ultrasound Gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys
    8-1- 2008 Upper EUS endoscope
    8-11-2008 MRI MRCP protocol
    9-12-2008 HIDA scan
    9-17-2008 Colonoscopy (Biopsy)

    Surgeries
    3-2000 Cervical Cancer Surgery
    3-2004 Hysterectomy minus ovaries and clamps

    Medacations
    10-2008 Pentasa 500 mg 8x day Crohn's disease
    9-2005 Lexapro 10mg 1x day Depression
    7-2008 Aciphex 20mg 1x day When needed/ heartburn
    1-2008 Diphenhydramine 1-2 x day left arm itch syndrome
    Vitamins
    Oscal 500+D 1x day
    Citrucel 1x day
    Centrum A-Z 1x day

    Snow love thank you so much for your input.
    I live in the US.
    I did have the Barium x-ray its called MRI MRCP protocol its more advanced.
    I also forgot to mention at times I still have the bloating, very uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Pentasa never did anything for me when I took it but made me depressed from taking those 16 pills a day, in addition to my other pills. Like the previous person said, I seem to recall that Pentasa isn't highly used to treat Crohn's any longer.

      Ask your doctor about Endicort. Yes, it is a steroid but FAR less damaging than prednisone.

      Also, visit www.ccfa.org for some great info. They have some great support groups for people with Crohns. I used to lead one before I got married. I only quit because life was too busy then. I found out recently, life gets alot busier when you have a baby.

      If you ever have any questions, click on my pic and send me an email.

  34. QUESTION:
    What was causing the pain in my lower back?
    Last night I had to leave work because I was developing a bad stomach ache and pain in the left of my lower back. I wondered if it was constipation at first but after a bowel movement the pain did not subside. It got worse as the night went on. I thought it might be gas but after I took gas x the pain continued to get worse. No matter how I stood, sat, or laid, the pain in my left lower back and stomach were unbearable. Around 3:30 in the morning I was in tears begging my parents to take me to the hospital because I thought I might have a kidney infection and I just wanted the pain to stop, but my mom gave me 4 advil and a heating pad to put on it and I finally got to sleep. It is the next morning now and I still feel pressure in my back. My mom thinks it was just gas but I am concerned. Should I call the doctor today to make sure it's not my kidneys???

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    If anyone has the time to read my responses to the MEPS questions and evaluate? 73 yes/no questions?
    1. Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use - Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.
    2. Dislocated joint, including knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle or other joint - no
    3. Epilepsy, fits, seizures, or convulsions - no
    4. Sleepwalking - no
    5. Recurrent neck or back pain - no
    6. Rheumatic fever - no
    7. Foot pain - no
    8. A swollen, painful, or dislocated joint or fluid in a joint (knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, etc.) - no
    9. Double vision - no
    10. Periods of unconsciousness - no
    11. Frequent or severe headaches causing loss of time from work or school or taking medication to prevent frequent or severe headaches - no
    12. Wear contact lenses (If so, bring your contact lens kit and solution so you can remove your contact when we test your vision at the MEPS; also, if you have a pair of eyeglasses, bring them with you no matter how old they are.) - no
    13. Fainting spells or passing out - no
    14. Head injury, including skull fracture, resulting in concussion, loss of consciousness, headaches, etc. - no
    15. Back surgery - no
    16. Seen a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor or other professional for any reason (inpatient or outpatient) including counseling or treatment for school, adjustment, family, marriage or any other problem, to include depression, or treatment for alcohol, drug or substance abuse - no
    # 17. Any of the following skin diseases: Eczema - no
    # Psoriasis
    # Atopic dermatitis

    18. Irregular heartbeat, including abnormally rapid or slow heart rates - no
    19. Allergic to bee, wasp, or other insect stings (itching/swelling all over and/or get short of breath) - no
    20. Heart murmur, valve problem or mitral valve prolapse - no
    21. Allergic to wool - no
    22. Heart surgery - no
    23. Been rejected for military service (temporary or permanent) for medical or other reasons - no
    24. Any other heart problems - no
    25. High blood pressure - no
    26. Discharged from military service for medical reasons - no
    27. Ulcer (stomach, duodenum or other part of intestine) - no
    28. Received disability compensation for an injury or other medical condition - no
    29. Hepatitis (liver infection or inflammation) - no
    30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn's disease or colitis - I was once severely constipated, does that count?
    31. Detached retina or surgery for a detached retina - no
    32. Surgery to remove a portion of the intestine (other than the appendix) - no
    33. Any other eye condition, injury or surgery - no
    34. Are you over 40? (If so, call the MEPS for information on special requirements for over-40 physicals) - no
    35. Gall bladder trouble or gall stones - no
    36. Jaundice - no
    37. Missing a kidney - no
    38. Allergy to common food (milk, bread, eggs, meat, fish or other common food) - no
    39. (Females only) Abnormal PAP smear or gynecological problem
    40. (Males only) Missing a testicle, testicular implant, or undescended testicle - no
    41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) - i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.
    42. Ruptured or bulging disk in your back or surgery for a ruptured or bulging disk - no
    43. Thyroid condition or take medication for your thyroid - no
    44. Limitation of motion of any joint, including knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip or other joint - no
    45. Drug or alcohol rehab - no
    46. Kidney, urinary tract or bladder problems, surgery, stones or other urinary tract problems - no
    47. Sugar, protein or blood in urine - no
    48. Surgery on a bone or joint (knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, etc.) including Arthroscopy with normal findings - no
    49. Taking any medications - no
    50. Pain or swelling at the site of an old fracture - no
    51. Perforated ear drum or tubes in ear drum(s) - no
    52. Anemia - no
    53. Ear surgery, to include mastoidectomy or repair of perforated ear drum, hearing loss or need/use a hearing aid - no
    54. Night blindness - no
    55. Arthritis - no
    56. Absence or disturbance of the sense of smell - no
    57. Absence or removal of the spleen, or rupture or tear of the spleen without removal - no
    58. Anorexia or other eating disorder - no
    59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) - the knee thing
    60. Bursitis - no
    61. Braces (If you wear or are planning on obtaining braces for your teeth, have the orthodontist submit a letter stating that braces will be removed before active duty date; release form and sample format can be found in the Recruiter's Medical Guide.) - no
    62. Loss of finger, toe or part thereof - no
    63. Loss of the ability to fully flex (bend) or fully extend a finger, toe or other joint - no
    64. Shoulder, knee, or elbow problem (out of place) - no
    65. Locking of the knee or other joint - no
    66. Giving way of knee or other joint - no
    67. Cataracts or surgery for cataracts - no
    68. Eye surgery, including

    • ANSWER:
      1.Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use - Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.

      if you say yes to this they will DQ you

      30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn's disease or colitis - I was once severely constipated, does that count?

      doesn't count so just say no

      41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) - i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.

      just say no if it doesn't bother you anymore

      59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) - the knee thing

      say no

      this is how it works.. if you say "yes" to almost anything you will get DQ'ed

      meps motto...
      "yes" means Your Enlistment Stops
      "no" means Never ending Opportunities

  36. QUESTION:
    Kidney Stones and I am 24..what is causing them?
    Started a little over a year ago, when I had my first kidney stone. Was ahwfuly painful and eneded up in the ER...I didnt have another one till 6 months ago. And after the first one they said it was just a fluke thing I wouldnt have anymore....but This past year I have found out that I have pcos and borderline diabetes and border like blood pressure problems, also on going fevers and skin infections, along with stomach/bowel problems. About 4 months ago I started having more kidney stones...one about every other week, some are very painful. Went to see a urologist, they told me to go on a specific diet and start taking calcium with all food I eat, cut out all meat other then chicken and fish and turkey, and up my fluid intake. They did two 24 hour urinalysis scans and they saw my calcium was low in my urine and I am only putting out half of what I should urine volume wise. But I have had atleast 6 stones in the past 4 months, and I am in the process of passing another one and I think something else needs to be done. I believe something else is going on with me and this cant be normal. Can anyone give me some insight or stories of there own? Help

    • ANSWER:
      I just suffered from my 1st kidney stone just last month. Im 20.They are so horrible. I cant even imagine going through what you are. According to my Dr. Calcium is what causes them in some people. I was told to cut back on calcium intake. If you pass one stone that may mean that you have several other stones still in your Kidneys. These will not cause pain until they enter the tube that goes into your bladder. An ultrasound will most likely show if you have more stones in your kidneys. You must drink plenty of water. This will help them from forming, just make sure it is purified water. Where I live in Indiana we are known as the Limestone Capital of the World. Many drs around here believe that with all the limestone in the ground here, drinking regular tap water makes everyone more likely to get stones.
      What I had done to remove stones from inside my kidney was some type of surgery where they shrink the stones with a laser type thing. Its actually just 'blasting" them into smaller pieces making it easier and less painful to pass. They had inserted a tube like thing so the stones would pass through that instead of jabbing me as they were coming out.
      I would seek a 2nd opinion. If you continue to have kidney stones, they must be treated. You must insist that the Drs treat you right. If you need pain medicine then make sure you mention that. I ended up in the ER with mine as well and was admitted to the hospital because the size of it and it took too long to pass.
      Just remember to stay hydrated. Triple your intake of water. This will help the stones pass faster.

      If you have any other questions, email me and I will help you

  37. QUESTION:
    mum in hospital help?
    2 days ago my mum really bad stomach pains well just under her stomach so we thought she had the flu or something then a day ago in the morning she fell and she didn't have the strength to get up although my dad helped her them really dark blood came out of her nose so we called the ambulance then we went to the hospital and they said that her blood pressure was low so was her sugar level( but that was bec. she didn't eat) any way they did a scan and found blood and fluid around her stomach so they did an operation ( they later said that in was a hole in the bowel) but i think during the operation her kidney's stopped working but about a year ago she did a blood test and they just told her to do more tests for her kidney but they told her that she needed to drink more water any way now she is in the hospital and her kidney has stopped working so they are giving her blood and her heart got weak from the operation and the fact that her blood pressure was low so they put her on a breathing machine but her heart rate is getting lower and blood pressure is getting higher as they are giving her drugs so my question is when will her kidney's start to work again im not asking to be given a specific date but an like when did other people recover and i know that everyone is different btw the doctors said that they are resting her heart till it gets strong

    sorry its long but im scared

    • ANSWER:
      Blood pressure declines as blood volume decreases and it sounds like you mum had a lot of internal bleeding. Kidneys are organs that need a certain amount of blood pressure to filter wastes and fluid out of the blood. Pressure is needed to push wastes through a membrane that does the filtering. The kidneys stop working when blood pressure drops past a certain point because there isn't enough force to push things through the membrane.

      Low blood pressure doesn't necessarily damage the kidneys - it often just shuts them down until pressure and blood volume are restored. However, if the kidneys themselves are deprived of sufficient blood flow, there can be some permanent loss of kidney function. Medications can prevent or minimize damage if given in time. This is a scary situation and it will probably take another day or two for everything to stabilize. Hopefully she will regain complete kidney function, but with the information described here, its too soon to tell.

  38. QUESTION:
    My LYMPH NODES are extremely palpable (for years) i have lost TOO MUCH WEIGHT, what is wrong?
    Hello....if anyone would like to try to DIAGNOSE ME, I'd be SO GRATEFUL AT THIS POINT!
    ..... i'm 30 year old female, with a 10 year old son and had a thoracic fore gut tumor(benign) removed from my chest @ 15, a good portion of which was attached to my lungs, aorta,esophagus, Trachea.
    To Date- no known complications or regrowth.
    109 lbs
    5'3"
    hypothyroid, on synthroid
    Had IUD recently placed in cervix
    amphetamine salts,celexa, lorazapam for depression/fatigue and ADD
    MY SYMPTOMS:
    CURRANTLY AND THIS PAST YEAR: Generalized Swollen lymph glands(some firm and hard in groin area. Also where my hairline is in the back of my neck behind my ear i guess, and a few large ones up the side of my neck aligned with my shoulder), Re currant low Grade Fever(no higher than 101 w/out infection),Itchy Skin, Memory Loss,Hair loss, Acne,Bowel Changes,On and Off fatigue, mucus in my stool(for one year at least.More mucus than actual stool on average! SORRY TO BE SO GRAPHIC! Lower Back Pain, DULL ACHING PAIN on the inside of my knees,stiff neck,ankle pain after being on my feet for more than an hour.Also extremely dry; mouth,skin,hair,eyes,&nostrils, dizziness upon standing, sweats,wounds heal slowly, weird painless swelling above my butt where my dimples are(no dr has been able to guess why/what this swelling might be),diarrhea and constipation, tenderness above my belly button, hyper pigmentation on abdomen, arms and feet, anxiety, blood pressure has steadily increased throughout all of my many dr's visits this past yr.
    ADDED RECENT SYMPTOMS:Kidney pain, visible blood in urine: for 2 months now! it was bright red and then less visible for awhile and now dark brown like tea and extremely strong smelling, hardening and bloating of abdomen, extreme fatigue, productive cough, chest pain, neck pain,easily exhausted, unexplainable bruises, muscle spasms and bulging type pain JUST under my rib on both sides separately, weird stabbing pain on my left groin area near my larger lymph glands that makes my tendon look swollen, thrush, protein in urine, HI albumin in urine, repetitive rbc in urine, BUT NO INFECTION!! (multiple negative cultures), kidney stone shows on CT in an area that is expected to be asymptomatic and may not even pass. BUT I DO HAVE difficulty urinating and cramping JUST PRESCRIBED CIPRO FOR A SECOND TREATMENT. (not sure exactly why since culture is consistantly negative)

    Many tests HAVE BEEN DONE: .....All Basics(CB C's, liver, etc panels) + Lyme Disease,Hep(B,C etc), ANA,Sed Rate,R.F.,AIDS, Celiac Disease,Fecal Bacterial+Viral cultures,Lupus,Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydiae,Anemia, scleroderma, h. pylori, bladder cancer,
    P.C.P. says: hematologist &will do allergy & routine testing upon insurance ok
    E.N.T(ear,Nose&throat) says: inflammation or irritation down deep in my throat(but i smoke so...)
    GASTROENTROLOGIST says: gastritis, hemorrhoids,IBS, lymphoid aggragates in non lymph areas
    UROLOGIST says: extreme gross & microscopic unexplained hematuria, referral to hematologist(concerned about enlarged lymph's in groin and unexplained hematuria---------says kidney stone most likely not causing this amount of rbc,did FISH URINE TEST...NO CALL SO I'M GUESSING ALL CLEAR ON RESULTS)
    HEMATOLOGIST says: i'm thin so nodes are more palpable s we should wait. does not believe biopsy is neccessary at this point
    RHUEHEMATOLOGIST says: no signs autoimmune, non arthritic/ lupus like disease
    GYNOGYNECOLOGIST says: no infection, no discharge see urologist...
    DERMOTOLOGIST says: see rhuemotologist! lol, biopsied pigmented marks(inconclusive-possibe allergic reaction)

    i am waiting on results of a chest CT from HEMATOLOGIST because he heard alot in my lungs and another aids test(that'll be 4 tests in the last yr(all negative)

    I'M SURE THERE IS MORE INFO I"M NOT OFFERRING
    but i can't remember everything! lol any EDUCATED ADVICE would be appreciated
    THANK YOU!!!! i feel so helpless when i am sooo tired or weak..... i just want a solution!
    PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      See what the CT results are. If you get no answers there, I would go to a different hematologist and insist on a biopsy. If you can't get answers switch to a hospital that specializes in diagnostics.

  39. QUESTION:
    Please help a 19 year old!!?
    I am currently in the Air Force DEP. I am trying to quick ship. Hopefully will in the next couple of weeks. But I have a concern. I have bowel trouble. I have been having bowel troubles for almost 2 years now or more. Thin stools and so on. Constipation. Pressure under left rib cage. Recently the only way to go is to smoke a cigarette and drink coffee. I don't want to do that. But today I woke up and I feel like my kidney's are swollen. I don't pee blood or anything, but I have pooped blood before. It's been a while and probably was only hemorrhoids or something. But I drink more than enough water per day. And urinate fine. No insurance, and waiting on the Air Force. SO should I just wait and get in the Air Force, pass BT and then get checked out. Because if I go to the hospital. I'll have a huge bill and no Air Force. The file will make them not accept me. So just wait to get in and have them fix me?

    • ANSWER:
      Well you could. It is an option for you. Your decision really.

      While you are waiting, you can begin to clean up your act in regards to your health, it sounds like you are just lacking fiber, and you have have a sluggish digestive system and colon. Thin stools is to do with years of build up of crap on the sides of the intestine because of crappy diet. Constipation is also to do with a crappy diet, processed foods, packet foods, nothing fresh. Too much white flour, sugar and fat.

      You can make changes to improve things right now. Consume more whole grains, fresh produce, fruits, veggies, salads and cut back on all the processed crap. cut back on the old caffeine, smoking and drinking. Increase excercise, that gets things moving. Consider taking a product called Citrucel, available at pharmacies, walmart etc.. it is all natural and not a laxative. Citrucel. It is a fibre powder you mix in juice, that can improve bowel movements. You gotta look after the bowels and intestinal system. Really important for your health.

      Give the above a shot, make some changes and see what happens. Take responsibility for your own body and health.

  40. QUESTION:
    Do you see your primary medical doctor all the time or his physician assistant?
    I see the PA for sinus problems, things like that but I make an appt with my PMD for anything else. A lot of our patients in our office have never seen their PMD. They only see the PA. That is scary to me. Two examples below:

    I just took my friend to an Ambulatory Surgery Center for a procedure for a kidney stone where they put you to sleep and pulverize the stones with sonic waves. She went for prior blood tests and the wonderful bowel cleansing had to be done the night before. She got there and the urologist looked at the x-ray and said "this is not a kidney stone, it's a shadow" and sent her home. The PA at her PMDs office diagnosed it - this girl has chronic kidney stones and has had them before - so the PA saw the shadow and said "kidney stone". Scary.

    Another friend went to her regular dr and ended up seeing the PA who referred her to a neurosurgeon for her neck. This girl has numerous serious problems and her shoulder and arm were very painful, numb, etc. She had and MRI and x-rays done. She sat for 4 hrs and ended up seeing the neuro surgeon's PA who told her she saw nothing serious on the x-rays and that HER neck was 100 xs worse than my friends. She gave her a script for physical therapy for 6 weeks and told her to come back and see another dr in the practice after that. My friend called her regular dr who said his PA should never have referred her to that dr. He got her an appt with someone else, put her in a cervical collar until then and said under no circumstances go to PT as they could do serious damage as she has 3 ruptured discs all pressing on the spinal column. The neurosurgeon did call her himself and apologize for the wait that day and told her the same thing. She said "well that is not what your PA told me" and he just apologized for that also.

    Scary, scary, scary. Also, if you see the PA - why do you have to pay a full copay? You aren't seeing the real doctor.

    You, as the patient, have the right to question your doctor on anything. Don't let anyone pressure you into something you are not sure of. Seek a second opinion. That is your right. While most PAs are very knowledgeable, they ARE NOT doctors and their findings should be reviewed with the doctor prior to making any surgical decisions, etc.
    When I say, patients in our office, I mean patients that come into our office and schedule surgery. We need them to make an appointment with their primary doctor for medical clearance. We do not have a nurse here or a PA.
    I'm trying to give people a heads up because I care - and I get an idiot answer from some disgruntled PA - probably.

    • ANSWER:
      There are always going to be competent and incompetent individuals in any profession. The mark of a good PA (or NP) is one that knows his/her limits and knows when to consult with the supervising physician.

  41. QUESTION:
    Pain after stint placement?
    I went in 3 days ago and had a cystoscopy and ureteroscopy with stent placement. I will have the stent for one week and then he is going to remove the stent in the office. I felt GREAT immediately after the procedure, but then on the way home....I started feeling nauseous. I fell a lot of pressure in the **sorry if too much information, but I need to ask** vaginal area and rectum. I feel the extreme urgency to have a bowel movement, but nothing is happening. I feel a lot of pain in my right kidney (where I had the problem) and it radiates down into my pelvic region causing a lot of pressure that I mentioned above, and the pain goes clear down my legs to the tips of my toes. My abdomen feels really sensitive too. I have a baby and a 3 year old and if either of them wants me to hold them or anything, my belly feels super tender. I took a Percocet for the pain and that took the edge off of my pain , so maybe that caused constipation??

    Is this normal three days later? When will I get some relief? Does anybody have a similar experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal. You'll more then likely have the discomfort for the entire time it is in.

  42. QUESTION:
    Severe abdominal pain?
    My dad was taken into hospital yesterday, he is 42. He has been having severe pains in his abdomen, but because it is the weekend their isnt much they can do till tmorrow but he has been kept in hospital. He was being treated for an ulcer a couple of weeks ago, he was given some tablets. Anyway yesterday wehn he went to casualty, His blood pressure is high, white blood cells are high, he is now on morphine and oxygen as his breathing is very shallow. He cant get out of bed and is the colour of death. They are just guessing at the minute what it is, some were saying kidney stones but their nearly sure it has something to do with the bowel, they said the xray showed he was blocked up but no more came of it. He is going now for a cat scan now in an hour. Does any of this sound familiar to any of you, this waiting is terrible. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously not appendicitis. It might be renal stones, related to his ulcer, lots of possibilities unfortunately. Bowel obstruction could be an important symptom, or the problem. Morphine is a good pain medication especially in a hospital setting. It can cause shallow breathing. Elevated white blood cells usually indicate infection. Blood pressure will be somewhat higher due to the pain.CT scan might be helpful.
      Try using the link below to see the possibilities. The more info you can submit the more accurate the possible causes. Best of luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    should I go to the hospital?
    Be forewarned, this question is a little gross.

    last week, I was snowboarding and crashed. I landed hard on my left hip, and had to be tobogganed away by the ski patrol. There is a dull ache in the joint where my femur connects with my hip, and the pain intensifies when I put pressure on it. A few days later, I went to the bathroom to pee. I could feel the pee coming, but instead of leaving my system, I felt horrible pain in my lower abdomen and no pee came out. I've been able to trickle out a little bit since then, and I thought I might have a kidney stone. Also, my left testicle looks a little swollen, and there's also a dull ache there.

    Lastly, (here comes the gross part) I attempted to have a bowel movement yesterday, and something similar to my failed urinating experience happened. A little diarrhea came out, but then I felt crippling pain in my lower abdomen and nothing else came out.

    Could I have damaged my kidney when I crashed somehow? This is hands down the worst pain I've ever felt..

    I'm in pain as I'm typing this, I really need some advice :(

    • ANSWER:
      Get the fuck to the hospital dammit!!!!!!!!! sorry but jesus christ man go now!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Doctors/Nurses ..Anyone please help me?
    It all started age 19 during the summer ..On night I got up off a chair and felt like i was going to pass out It was such a horrible feeling. I went to sleep the next morning i woke up and the feeling was still there ...I felt head pressure, weakness, numbness, muscle spasms and general feeling of being ill the worst symptom was very bad chest pains.

    I went to ER as the chest pains were so bad I was told I had a long QT and told to stay in for tests .... I had several ECG'S and then a 24 hour heart monitor they told me to go home i was fine. I went home still with chest pains and with the words the doctor had told me before the tests saying i had a slight long QT. The week after a boy in my school died from this. I was so scared I went back to my GP who said that there was no signs of any long QT so he didnt understand why this was mentioned to me.

    Im 22 now I had got over the chest pains. I have been on lexapro and cymbalta but am currently only on xanax which i find is a great help. About 3 weeks ago i developed a lower back pain which got worse as the weeks went on I went to my doctor who told me I had a kidney infection .. When I finished the antibiotics I went back and the pain hadn't passed. Then sunday morning the pain got so bad I had to go to ER I was in so much discomfort, The doctor injected me with two painkillers neither of them touched on the pain. He did blood work with was all fine except slightly raised WBC and anaemia.

    I have had this raised WBC for a while but my GP tells me its nothing to worry about. Surely its not normal. I still have the back pain the only thing the doctor said came up on the xray was that i was constipated yet i have regular bowel movements. Im in pain right at this moment and feel generally unwell.

    The doctors keep saying there is nothing wrong with me but how can this be true if i feel so physically sick. I keep thinking it must be cancer somewhere in my body. My mind cannot cause all this.

    Im so scared ..I was training to be a teacher and my life fell apart ..I got excellent grades then had to drop out because of how i felt. I am due to start college next week again but will probably not be able to with this discomfort. I have been to see psychologists etc... and there is nothing to signify a trigger for this.

    Could I be seriously ill?

    Please help me ..I cry every night I just want to feel well again. The doctor said on xrays it showed i had constipation. Yet i have regular bowel movements so surely the back pain couldn't be this. Im losing hope and feel awful :(

    • ANSWER:
      Let's go step by step here. A long QT interval can be caused by many things, not just congenital heart disease, but some drugs, stress and other factors, so if the ekg says you are fine, you are fine.

      Now, if your white blood cells are slightly elevated, again, it could signify an active infection or a recently resolved one. If you had a differential panel, it should show which type of WBC are increased, signaling what might be wrong. See if you had a differential panel performed when you had your blood panel done. What i want you to do is to read this and see if you can relate to the symptoms.

      The high WBC count could be a part of an inflammatory reaction because of a kidney stone. Pain caused by the kidneys is typically felt in the flank area, which is in the back, just at the lower edge of the ribs on either side of the spine. Pain caused by the kidneys tends to be sharp, severe and occur in waves. It is never at the same height on both sides, since one kidney sits atop the liver while the other does not.

      If that is not the case, ask for a CAT scan, if possible, what he says is constipation might be a undiagnosed mass.

      I do not want to disturb you, but remind you that doctors are humans, and make mistakes, it is your responsibility to let your treating physician know you are not well and want solid answers. If he does not understand, look for a second opinion.

  45. QUESTION:
    doctors/nurses anyone please help me :( ?
    It all started age 19 during the summer ..On night I got up off a chair and felt like i was going to pass out It was such a horrible feeling. I went to sleep the next morning i woke up and the feeling was still there ...I felt head pressure, weakness, numbness, muscle spasms and general feeling of being ill the worst symptom was very bad chest pains.

    I went to ER as the chest pains were so bad I was told I had a long QT and told to stay in for tests .... I had several ECG'S and then a 24 hour heart monitor they told me to go home i was fine. I went home still with chest pains and with the words the doctor had told me before the tests saying i had a slight long QT. The week after a boy in my school died from this. I was so scared I went back to my GP who said that there was no signs of any long QT so he didnt understand why this was mentioned to me.

    Im 22 now I had got over the chest pains. I have been on lexapro and cymbalta but am currently only on xanax which i find is a great help. About 3 weeks ago i developed a lower back pain which got worse as the weeks went on I went to my doctor who told me I had a kidney infection .. When I finished the antibiotics I went back and the pain hadn't passed. Then sunday morning the pain got so bad I had to go to ER I was in so much discomfort, The doctor injected me with two painkillers neither of them touched on the pain. He did blood work with was all fine except slightly raised WBC and anaemia.

    I have had this raised WBC for a while but my GP tells me its nothing to worry about. Surely its not normal. I still have the back pain the only thing the doctor said came up on the xray was that i was constipated yet i have regular bowel movements. Im in pain right at this moment and feel generally unwell.

    The doctors keep saying there is nothing wrong with me but how can this be true if i feel so physically sick. I keep thinking it must be cancer somewhere in my body. My mind cannot cause all this.

    Im so scared ..I was training to be a teacher and my life fell apart ..I got excellent grades then had to drop out because of how i felt. I am due to start college next week again but will probably not be able to with this discomfort. I have been to see psychologists etc... and there is nothing to signify a trigger for this.

    Could I be seriously ill?

    Please help me ..I cry every night I just want to feel well again. The doctor said on xrays it showed i had constipation. Yet i have regular bowel movements so surely the back pain couldn't be this. Im losing hope and feel awful :(

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer, generally does not have symptoms or pain . . so this may be why you are not being taken seriously by your doctor. However, something is definitely going on with you medically, whether it is allergies, a condition, or a disease you need to get some answers. Your current doctor cannot find 'anything' wrong with you . .that does not mean that something is not wrong . . it means he can't find it! So, what you need is a second or third opinion . . you need another doctor, one who will respect you and agree to working with you until you have a definitive diagnosis. This may take a while . .because your symptoms are so vague and do not seem to be related to each other. So . .you will need to be persistent . . call around and see if you can find another doctor to examine you . . not sure which doctor would be best at this point . . a gastroentrologist would examine your bowel to see if there is constipation or some other condition causing the back pains. Incidentally you can have regular bowel movements and still be constipated way up inside your colon . . gas can also cause pain . . but none of this is 'normal' . . start with a gastroentrologist who will examine your digestive tract.

      Don't give up. Keep trying.

  46. QUESTION:
    7-yr-old with elevated ALP; LDH; calcium; and decreased creatinine; WBC; RBC; GRAN; HGB & HCT?
    (I wrote the following 2 weeks ago, and have since gotten complete medical records for all 3 people. My 20YO daughter had the results listed in the question at age 7, when she began having severe abdominal pain, but her dr didn't talk them over with me or order more tests. She was tentatively diagnosed borderline pseudotumor cerebri in 2007 (age 17) and at that time had high APTT and low INR; she was diagnosed with gallstones 6 months later; she began having seizures 14 months after that and in one of the ER visits for those, she had critical high fibrin d-diber and low INR & PTT, and was evaluated for pulmonary thrombosis but nothing further. Her Blood pressure also all over the place over a 40-minute span, but ignored.
    I'm confused. She has been sick again for about 3 years and started having seizures in July 2009; her sister has been sick since Sept. 2006; I have been sick since late 2002.)

    Labs in past 4 years include: High sed rate, total protein, calcium, B12, beta globulin; low vit D; ANA sometimes positive and sometimes negative; and we all 3 have had consistently positive leukocyte esterase with negative nitrite and no urinary tract infection. These are from a 49yo woman and her 2 daughters (22 and 20). Same lab results, many of the same symptoms that started 2-3 years apart (some of which come and go in 3-6-month intervals) All 3 have: memory problems (how to do things recently learned, words in mid-sentence); balance problems (can't stand in the middle of a room without leaning on something for more than a couple of minutes); joint pain; bone and muscle pain and muscle weakness; severe hip pain upon standing; slight forward & back nodding from the chest up; 1-3-day episodes of severe pain in lower abdomen that radiates to the lower back and makes walking virtually impossible; blurred spots in vision; sensory anomalies inc. temporary loss of pain sensation, smell & taste way off; right foot loses sensation and makes us stumble after walking a block or two; extreme fatigue; sleep disturbances.
    2 of us have: cardiac symptoms inc. dizziness and sweating with bowel movements and slight heart murmur; fat in bm; rainbow-color oil slick in urine.
    One (not the same one for all symptoms) has: waking in the morning unable to grip the blankets to throw them off for 5 minutes or so; splinter hemorrhages under fingernails; one daughter has seizures consisting of arched back and rigid limbs, ability to blink in response to questions, a good 30-second warning before she seizes and feels wiped out for a while after each one.
    Symptoms remained when girls went off to college; 52yo sister of the mom has many of the same symptoms and lives 2000 miles away; younger sister of mom has the abdominal pain and no other symptoms.

    Tests said: no for Celiac, Lyme, toxoplasmosis, thyroid probs.; older daughter diagnosed 14 months ago with costochondritis with bulge in her side just under ribcage, but internal med doc said that was misdiagnosed; mom has had kidney stones; One of our biggest obstacles is the fact that we have no health insurance. Another is that several of the doctors here look at the relatively normal blood tests (and don't really investigate the more unusual stuff) and tell us we have fibromyalgia---really? with seizures and memory problems severe enough to get me fired?---or need a psych evaluation.

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  47. QUESTION:
    what should i do about this pain?
    okay i want to first say this is not a joke, so if anyone wants to leave negative advice or make fun, then you are wasting your time. three nights ago i was shaving my pubic area, and also around my anus. i didnt feel like i cut anything, i always shave so it is nothing new. well the next day it hurt a little and it would hurt to go to the restroom. well today i am in alot of pain, i think i also have a uti or kidney infection bc the next day my back was also hurting really bad and the day after that it hurt so bad i could cry and now when i urinate it feels like a needle stabbing in me. today i had to work and it hurt to walk, i felt like i had to limp all day and my whole body is hurting. my whole lower body feels like sharp pains go through my legs and my body feels like i have the flu or something but im not sick or ne thing. this is the weirdest thing i have ever expirenced, i haven hurt like this since after i had my little boy (vaginal delivery) also when i would have a bowel movement it bled, but maybe i did cut myself and it opened up as i went, there is also alot of pressure on both my rectum and vagina, i dont know.. anyone have any advice?
    also the day after i might have cut myself, i had diarriah, i dont know if that may have caused something
    I DONT HAVE AN STI OR STD, I HAVE HAD THE SAME SEXUAL PARTNER FOR A YEAR AND WE HAVE BOTH BEEN TESTED, LIKE I SAID NO NEG COMMENTS!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor quikly, is probably infected or something : (

  48. QUESTION:
    Info on Septic Shock, C-diff, etc?
    My dad is 73 y/o in SICU with C-diff, septic shock, ARDS and DIC. He is currently on a breathing machine for almost 2 weeks. He is also receiving kidney dialysis. He has not urinated in almost 2 weeks and he has a partial lung collaspe along with fluid on the lungs. He has an irreruptable bowel and currently with a bag. He also has a large growth on his colon which at this point is unknown what it is. He is currently running a slight fever and on Fentinoyl for pain. There are been no reponse when he opens his eyes. His blood pressure has been mostly down however coming up slightly. They had to remove some pic lines because of all the infection in his body which is weeping out his skin. He is swollen however the swolleness has went down slightly. The ICU said he is holding on. I have been asking questions but I am not sure if I am asking the right questions. I certainly do not want him to suffer and now ICU is stating that you can only be on the breathing machine for a certain amount of time and a possible trach will be needed but there are high risks. I am searching for anyone with information and/or who can help me to ask what questions I should be asking. I have done some research but what I read is not good. Thank you for taking the time and reading.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry about your dad.
      He has some very serious diagnoses including sepsis, ARDS and renal failure which on top of his advanced age make for a difficult prognosis. A tracheostomy is usually indicated if a patient is on a vent for more than 2 weeks however with sepsis and ARDS he will not be stable to have this procedure. The longer he is on the vent the more likely it is to get pneumonia and it will be more difficult to wean. All of these problems can be treated however all of them together will be difficult. You should sit down with the doctors and have them give you an idea of what they think the prognosis will be so that you can make better decisions regarding his care. Even if he survives all of these diagnoses it is unknown what his functional ability will be.

  49. QUESTION:
    Doctor/ People with physical anxiety symptoms please help?
    Hi, I really don't know where to start but Im so scared and tired of feeling like this.

    It all started age 19 during the summer ..On night I got up off a chair and felt like i was going to pass out It was such a horrible feeling. I went to sleep the next morning i woke up and the feeling was still there ...I felt head pressure, weakness, numbness, muscle spasms and general feeling of being ill the worst symptom was very bad chest pains.

    I went to ER as the chest pains were so bad I was told I had a long QT and told to stay in for tests .... I had several ECG'S and then a 24 hour heart monitor they told me to go home i was fine. I went home still with chest pains and with the words the doctor had told me before the tests saying i had a slight long QT. The week after a boy in my school died from this. I was so scared I went back to my GP who said that there was no signs of any long QT so he didnt understand why this was mentioned to me.

    Im 22 now I had got over the chest pains. I have been on lexapro and cymbalta but am currently only on xanax which i find is a great help. About 3 weeks ago i developed a lower back pain which got worse as the weeks went on I went to my doctor who told me I had a kidney infection .. When I finished the antibiotics I went back and the pain hadn't passed. Then sunday morning the pain got so bad I had to go to ER I was in so much discomfort, The doctor injected me with two painkillers neither of them touched on the pain. He did blood work with was all fine except slightly raised WBC and anaemia.

    I have had this raised WBC for a while but my GP tells me its nothing to worry about. Surely its not normal. I still have the back pain the only thing the doctor said came up on the xray was that i was constipated yet i have regular bowel movements. Im in pain right at this moment and feel generally unwell.

    The doctors keep saying there is nothing wrong with me but how can this be true if i feel so physically sick. I keep thinking it must be cancer somewhere in my body. My mind cannot cause all this.

    Im so scared ..I was training to be a teacher and my life fell apart ..I got excellent grades then had to drop out because of how i felt. I am due to start college next week again but will probably not be able to with this discomfort. I have been to see psychologists etc... and there is nothing to signify a trigger for this.

    Could I be seriously ill?

    Please help me ..I cry every night I just want to feel well again.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have chronic anxiety about your health. Everytime a doctor tells you are OK, you either don't believe them or find another reason to go back to them with another problem. If you are not careful, this will completely destroy your life. You are so young and right now should be having the best time of your life. At your age, the chances of you having cancer or a serious illness are very small indeed. Unnecessary blood tests are just going to make you feel worse - most of our bloods change on a daily basis - slight anaemia and raised WBC are nothing to worry about - it's not a sign of cancer. As for your heart/chest pains honestly, if you had something seriously wrong with you, you would have died by now! If you were seriously ill you would certainly know about it - if you have ever seen someone have a heart attack you will see what I mean. My suggestion to you is to go and talk to your doctor and ask for some counselling about your phobia and fear of illness. In the meantime, learn to brush off minor ailments and you will soon forget about them. It also sounds like your doctor is too quick to hand out anti depressants and antibiotics without looking at the bigger picture - I am no doctor but it is clear to me that you have anxiety.

  50. QUESTION:
    Doctor/ People with physcial anxiety symptoms..Please Help?
    Hi, I really don't know where to start but Im so scared and tired of feeling like this.

    It all started age 19 during the summer ..On night I got up off a chair and felt like i was going to pass out It was such a horrible feeling. I went to sleep the next morning i woke up and the feeling was still there ...I felt head pressure, weakness, numbness, muscle spasms and general feeling of being ill the worst symptom was very bad chest pains.

    I went to ER as the chest pains were so bad I was told I had a long QT and told to stay in for tests .... I had several ECG'S and then a 24 hour heart monitor they told me to go home i was fine. I went home still with chest pains and with the words the doctor had told me before the tests saying i had a slight long QT. The week after a boy in my school died from this. I was so scared I went back to my GP who said that there was no signs of any long QT so he didnt understand why this was mentioned to me.

    Im 22 now I had got over the chest pains. I have been on lexapro and cymbalta but am currently only on xanax which i find is a great help. About 3 weeks ago i developed a lower back pain which got worse as the weeks went on I went to my doctor who told me I had a kidney infection .. When I finished the antibiotics I went back and the pain hadn't passed. Then sunday morning the pain got so bad I had to go to ER I was in so much discomfort, The doctor injected me with two painkillers neither of them touched on the pain. He did blood work with was all fine except slightly raised WBC and anaemia.

    I have had this raised WBC for a while but my GP tells me its nothing to worry about. Surely its not normal. I still have the back pain the only thing the doctor said came up on the xray was that i was constipated yet i have regular bowel movements. Im in pain right at this moment and feel generally unwell.

    The doctors keep saying there is nothing wrong with me but how can this be true if i feel so physically sick. I keep thinking it must be cancer somewhere in my body. My mind cannot cause all this.

    Im so scared ..I was training to be a teacher and my life fell apart ..I got excellent grades then had to drop out because of how i felt. I am due to start college next week again but will probably not be able to with this discomfort. I have been to see psychologists etc... and there is nothing to signify a trigger for this.

    Could I be seriously ill?

    Please help me ..I cry every night I just want to feel well again.

    • ANSWER: