No one responded to my first thread - I know, there's a lot going on - so I decided to create another one, not so much for medical advice, but to help with the anxiety I'm experiencing. There have only been a few other times in my life that I have been this scared. I can't shake the thought that I have a painful, debilitating condition that I will have to live with the rest of my life.
In short, I'm dealing with stomach pains (tensed, knotted, crampy, sometimes bloating), mild-to-moderate nausea, some sores on tongue/in mouth, often thirsty/dehydrated feeling, sometimes itchy spots on body. I've had diarrhea a few times in the last several months, otherwise stools normal.
If I can get to sleep tonight - I didn't sleep at all last night - I plan to go get my blood work done tomorrow morning. I have multiple blood tests - CBC; LFT's; Panel 7, Fasting; TSH as well as some other tests, Occult blood, stool (FIT); Ova and parasite examination; Stool culture, without gram stain (includes Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter).
The doctor wants to rule out diabetes among other things. If these come back negative I will be referred to a gastroenterologist to check for IBS, IBD, including Crohn's. Both diabetes and Crohn's really scare me.
I mentioned how I had been dealing with pretty intense chronic stress, worry, anxiety for months prior to the symptoms and had become very depressed right before. She suggested that it could
She also suggested that I stop eating gluten for 1-2 weeks to see if that improves things, though I'm not holding out much hope.
Appreciate any kind words.