Okay, I'll start with letting you all know that currently I am unable to get to a doctor, so please don't just refer me straight to one.
This issue dated back since I was about 19 (and I'm now 27).
Started off as just pain after eating anything. Pain that would leave me doubled over, unable to do anything until it passed.
Would last anywhere between 1-8 hours after consuming any type of food, whether it was just a peanut or an entire meal.
Seen multiple doctors, all whom either: 1. couldn't find anything wrong with me and passed it off as IBS, or 2. put me on Prilosec and said it was just heartburn.
Stats on me: I'm female, age 27, 5'8", and ~100lbs. No other health issues aside from the one I'm typing about.
It has progressed over the years to the point where eating is nearly impossible. Here is a comprehensive (as much as possible anyways, there are a lot) of symptoms that I can think of.
From the first bite of food, it takes roughly 5 minutes to set in:
- Almost immediately vomiting it back up uncontrollably. The only way I can keep any food down at all is if it's tiny (aka a granola bar, or half a slice of toast.).
- Immediate onset of stomach bloating. I go from a completely flat stomach to sticking out about 3-4 inches(sometimes more) and looking as if I'm a few months pregnant. Persists even after vomiting.
- Whilst lying on my back, there is a large mass/lump thing around my belly button area that I can push and move around. Painful when pressure is on it. Size wise - around the size of a normal fist. Does not go away,
just becomes more noticable after I've eaten. Aside from being extremely scary, it's just plain freaky to look at.
- Noticed twice recently, blood in my vomit. Not a lot, but enough to streak the water red and taste it in my mouth.
- Massive weight loss - this is just in the past 3 months alone - of 10lbs. or more.
- Lack of energy, but that's probably due to not being able to keep down any food.
- Pain either happens or doesn't, it's erratic and doesn't seem to follow any food/consumption patterns.
Also, it's probably worth noting that I rarely have bowel movements. I chalk it up to mostly being unable to consume any food worth expelling, but who knows. It may also have something to do with my issue.
I've also been keeping a food log for the past few weeks, attempting to find any "trigger" foods. So far, no identifiable pattern has emerged. If it's a meal larger than a granola bar, it's thrown up. If it's smaller, it stays down but I still get the bloating and sometimes pain.
I know it's almost impossible to accurately diagnose someone over the web, I'm just at my wits end and trying the last resource I can think of. I've lost so much weight from this that I look like a bag of bones. Emergency rooms don't help (been there, tried that), I just get referred to a Specialist that I can't afford. However, when I can finally get to a doctor, if there is anything that you would recommend telling them so they don't just send me on my way again without actually helping, that would be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Kelly, aka Tired and Hungry!