Gut Rumbles
 

March 09, 2005

feeling better (I think)

I spent most of the day curled up on the couch with a severe belly ache that went from intense to downright excruciating. I drank water and club soda and didn't eat any food. I'm feeling somewhat better now. The swelling in my belly has gone down and I don't hurt (much) anymore. I really do need to go see a doctor about this shit.

I didn't make it to Hospice to see mama today, but I called and she isn't doing well at all. The stomach cancer must be really taking its toll now, because she can't eat anymore. She was too weak to talk for more than a minute, but she told me that she's not in any pain, just really thirsty. Everything she tries to drink just comes right back up.

They've got her on an IV to keep her hydrated, but I fear that the end is near. Everytime the phone rings, I cringe before I answer it. I expect bad news at any time.

I'll be there tomorrow even if I have to hire a taxi to drive me to Hospice and back. I just couldn't do it today. I don't understand how eating a slice of pizza made me so sick. But it did, and I will never do it again, that's for SURE.

I don't like pain. And I don't like seeing other people suffer, either.

Comments

Hey proton guy, go see a doc! You can eat anything you want once you get the gall bladder out. I eat pizza with bacon on it and it doesn't even give me the runs.

Does it hurt when you drink a beer, or wine, etc? Go see a doc, he'll set you up with an ultrasound.

I used to eat a slice of pizza and bloat up, throw up, and curl up in a ball for a few hours. Codine, perks, other opiates didn't do much to even dull the pain. Same thing with a beer. I was tough for four years. Now I can eat. Dumbest thing I ever did was wait.
Go see a doc. It's a one day deal unless you're fool like me and wait.

Posted by: Phil-Z on March 9, 2005 05:55 PM

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the one and only thing that made me feel better was to stand in a really farging hot shower, let the water spray on my side. It relieved a lot of the pain and the cramping. I had one hell of a water bill, but it helped. Gas bill was pretty bad too come to think of it.

Go see a doc!

Posted by: Phil-Z on March 9, 2005 05:59 PM

The pizza sauce has a tomato base and that contains acid. That could have caused some of your problems.

But Rob, pain -- of any kind -- is not normal. It is your body's cry for help. Get help.

Posted by: Joni on March 9, 2005 07:06 PM

Yea, does sound like gallbladder. It's easy to check out and easy to cure.

Make sure they rule out gastritis and esophagitis before they take out your gallbladder.

Of course, it could be a lot of things, so, get yourself to a good gastroenterologist.

Posted by: joel on March 9, 2005 08:47 PM

I'm certainly no doc, but the symptoms/causes sure resemble my gallbladder attacks 2 years ago. Somebody mentioned hot showers for relief. That was the ONLY thing that got me through a couple of nights. Fatty foods (especially mayo, etc) seemed to precipitate attacks that could last hours and were excruciating.

On surgery (laparoscopy) day, I was in @ 6:00AM & went home @ 1:30PM. Four small incisions in the belly. Quick recovery period. You soon learn minor adjustments to your diet afterward to avoid anything that causes the green-apple-quick-stomps, etc.

Posted by: Hap Arnold on March 9, 2005 09:55 PM

A-Man ..
Iíve been tempted to comment on posts in the recent past in which you mention abdominal pain and gastrointestinal discomfort of one sort or another, but resisted to avoid being labeled a quack or worse for divining diagnosis over distance. No more.
You may stave an immediate need to deal with your own condition by following the good advice youíve already received - keeping to a bland diet, keeping your hydration with clear broths and isotonic liquids, steering clear of alcohol, etc. - a strategy that will enable you to keep your promises to your mother and yourself.
However, it is time to get thee to a physician, sir.
My experience is that a good physician will understand both your immediate need to spend as much time with your family as possible and the limits and possible necessary treatments imposed by your physical condition. He (she) may be able to work up a strategy to accomplish both at reduced risk.
With regards for your mother and all who love her Ö Best Wishes
DJSloan/Houston

Posted by: DJSloan/Houston on March 9, 2005 10:37 PM

I hope you start feeling better...I can't help much as to WHY the pizza gave you such fits...but, I think it's a good idea to stay away from it!

And all the best to Mama! I hope she finds some peace!

Posted by: Wendi on March 10, 2005 01:29 AM

Your mother's illness reminded me again how easy it is to go from being on top of the world nearly to the direct opposite psychologically with even a small illness, dashing our prideful sense of invulnerability to smithereens at fate's mere whim. "Here today, gone tomorrow" rules us.

Think also of those who deride even the cancer patient's nausea as though it is some moral failing not to be able to endure it. They should recall their own nausea from a mere stomach flu, then imagine it as constant for weeks, months, or years to get the true picture. But they either can't or won't. I consider them "morally inferior", instead, or at least pretty damn stupid.

As to your case, you have had pancreatitis, which would make it most likely, offhand, although it could be the gall bladder nearly as easily - though here most people locate the pain to "the right upper quadrant of the abdomen [nearly under the ribs] going through to the right shoulder blade". Often a gall bladder attack will subside, but it will also always return sooner or later, and can create an emergency at any time. "We're all gonna die!" is more appropriate here.

Posted by: Ga-ne-sha on March 10, 2005 02:07 AM

I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better.

Make that doctor's appointment! If your mama knows (or even suspects) you're sick, that's not going to help her any either, and hearing that you're going to see someone about it (i.e. that you're going to take care of yourself!) might help put her mind at ease.

A friend who had gall bladder problems, did indeed describe the attacks as "I thought I was going to die". Removal of the offending object changed her world view considerably.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on March 10, 2005 09:11 AM
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