I live in a very small county. Doctors here are a bit behind the times to say the least. One day, I bent over to pull a weed out of my flower bed. I lost my balance, foam floated up into my mouth, my vision was blurred, it was horrible. Someone asked me if I had almost passed out, I have no idea, I call it losing my balance, and I have never passed out so I don't know how that feels. I was 39 at the time. For months, I was told it was the flu. I could not digest anything. It just floated back up into my mouth. I would go the the ER and get rehydrated, and sent home. I started living on gatorade, my stool was green, I assume because the gatorade was bluegreen. After 3 months of gatorade, (rehydrated often and given potassium), a doctor put me in the hospital. He gave me an IV, 3 kinds of antibiotics, and said he thought it was camphylbactor (spelling). Tests were negative. They found nothing else, and sent me home.
EIGHT years later, I am laying in a chair. My body is functioning so slow! Yet I have diahrrea when I eat. Often my stool has undigested food. I often start shaking after I eat, I lose my balance so bad I panic. I wait, because I know what will help SOMEWHAT. When the foam starts floating into my mouth from my stomach, sometimes with food in it, sometimes not, I think I am going to die. Then my balance slowly gets better, NEVER GOOD, the shaking subsides. I am now 47. I can no longer walk because I feel I am on waves ( I live and sleep in a rocking chair if that matters). I have hypothyroidism and Hashimotos. An increase of synthroid helped, but the doctor lowered it. BP 100/60 at best. No thyroid function at all. I am always nauseated, I can't hardly sleep because of it. The less sleep I get, the less my body functions, the worse my balance, digestion and diarrhea are. They took my galbladder out! Then I found out it was just 'sludgy.' That was about 5 years ago. I am exhausted, almost too tired to breathe. I feel like I am dying slowly, and the suffering is killing me. Before the foam comes into my mouth, even my vision is blurred. I always feel somewhat better afterwards.
I want to at least know what is happening to me, so I can face it and fight it! My doctor says balance problems and digestion do NOT go together. So am I in a bad dream imagining this?
Before I got sick, I was very active, loved to be outdoors, (still wish I could be), lifted weights, hiked, worked in the garden, had a job, life was so good. Now, the acid has eaten the enamel off of my teeth, they snap off. Can't handle anesthesia now. No doctor here cares! I made them do an endoscopy and colonoscopy 5 years ago. All they found were colon polyps. My stool is anything from regular, watery, looks like coffee grounds, or almost all mucous. I have to have diarrhea as soon as I eat usually. I hardly eat, yet am gaining weight. And I mean I have one meal a day, and maybe a small snack. Again, sorry for writing a book, I am desperate. Thank you for your site!