As this is my first blog post, I thought it would only be fitting to tell you all why I am on here and what I will be writing about.
A few months ago in about August, I stared getting regular and painful stomach cramps. This was usually after eating but I could get them at any point of the day, including at night when i was sleeping.
I managed with them for a few weeks before visiting the doctor who told me I had IBS and I needed to manage this with certain medication and a change in my diet and lifestyle.
After taking their advice for 3/4 weeks my symptoms were only getting worse. I decided to go back to the doctors who said that its possible that i have got coeliac disease; an intolerance to gluten. I was advised to avoid gluten whilst i waited for the results. This was one hard week as I love bread! I managed to survive a week without bread and pasta to be told that the results came back fine and that I could go back to eating gluten again.
However, this was not all good. As coeliac disease was ruled out, the next to look for was Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is inflammation in your bowels and can cause quite a lot of trouble until it has been diagnosed. I needed a sigmoidoscopy which is a camera up your bum to look at the first part of your bowel. I had a biopsy taken from this and then I was told to wait a month for the results.
One week after the examination, I was admitted to hospital as I had been eating and drinking that little due to the pain that I had become dangerously dehydrated and the doctors were worried about the health of my kidneys. As soon as I arrived I was pumped with 2l of fluids and told that I would have to stay at least 4 nights.
After a restless night from being moved and sharing a room with old people who were chatting away to themselves, I was nil by mouth until about 5pm as I was told I was having an endoscopy (camera down the throat) that day. However, at 5pm I was told this would not be happening that day but another. I still had to stay in as i was supposed to be having a CT scan after the weekend but the day after I was sent home as I was told that this would not be happening on the day that it was supposed to either.
I had the endoscopy pretty soon after being sent home. There were no results from this however as i was apparently fighting the camera in my sedated state. As you may be able to guess, a camera down your throat isn’t the nicest test! The CT scan happened a few weeks after this but these results came back all clear which has confused the doctors as i have had very physical symptoms such as passing blood, extreme weight loss (2 stone in 3/4 months) and being unable to eat properly.
So as the doctors are still looking in to all of this, I have been put on antidepressants to help me cope with the depression and anxiety that I have been diagnosed which has been caused by all of this.
Thank you for reading, i’m sorry that it all sounds so morbid but that is what ive gone through these past few months!