Thursday, February 3, 2011

Abdominal Pains Getting More Complicated

I called and spoke with my gastrointestinal specialist doctor today. We discussed my new, near-constant abdominal pain with intermittent increases in pain from time to time.

Because it is in the lower abdominal area, he does not think this has anything to do with my bad gallbladder or my gastritis, but that my colon is being spastic (colic). He further explained that sometimes having pains in upper abdominal area can lower the pain threshold in other abdominal areas.

He prescribed an anti-spasmotic prescription for Hyoscamine for me to take in addition to my daily Dexilant for the gastritis (aka dyspepsia). I am to take the Hycosamine a half-hour before meals (I can skip the lunch one) and at bedtime. It is a dissolving pill that is placed under the tongue and can be taken without water.  Common side effects can include dry mouth, dizziness, and constipation.

He said that if any of the following occurs, to call him or go to E.R.:
- blood in stool
- fever
- constant pain

Since my pain is already near-constant or constant, he suggested I see him next week Thursday to discuss my situation and consider the need for any further testing. Next Thursday is an important release date at work, which makes this tough for me, but he's out Friday. I made the latest possible appointment with him on 2/10 and emailed my boss, apologizing for the bad timing and inviting him to discuss this with me. We'll see how it all goes.

I'm stressed. :(