(Original post by Anonymous)
Note: This has ended up being quite an essay so for that I apologise.
Now I know what the general opinion is on searching the internet for answers are and so on, but I'm really just looking for a little advice on this; I know there will be some of you on here who will have a better understanding than I do myself.
...maybe about, what, two years ago, I noticed that the upper right quadrant of my stomach - just below my right ribs - was 'bigger' than the rest of my stomach. I'm not slim, you know, I have a bit of chub going on, but still, it's noticeable... not only to myself and from my view. I went to see my GP about this, coupled with a few other symptoms; struggling with weightloss despite training at the gym and pool, watching what I ate, etc. and also severe acne. I was sent for an ultrasound on my lower stomach - I'm assuming because of the symptoms I was experiencing - and the results were that I have polycystic ovaries. Of course that wasn't ideal news but it was the best from a bad bunch and "it could've been worse" I thought. I started the pill and started to see the change in more ways than one.
However, the 'swelling' that I had gone to the GP with primarily was still there and on the run-up to Christmas last year it started to cause problems pain-wise. I went back to see my GP. I had bloods taken and was referred for another ultrasound; the Liver Function bloodtest came back with abnormalities and the ultrasound showed the same - the latter was sent to a specialist who requested another but with the introduction of dye... however, this came back normal. After that, it was pretty much left, despite having a few episodes of bad pain/discomfort and noticing a few new symptoms.
In early July of this year I left work during a shift feeling rank after having been sick and, knowing that the pain I was feeling was 'different' than usual, I took myself to A&E. I was given an xray which came back as clear, put on fluids and given morphine for the pain (and that continued over the four days I was kept in) aswell as being sent for an endoscopy, which also came back clear. The Doctor I saw said that I was a "mystery" but that he was determined to find out what the problem was as I obviously wasn't well (cold-sweats, no appetite, vomiting, pain, diarrhoea). When I returned home I kept up with the painkillers, really in hope, as they hadn't touched me at all in hospital hence the morphine I was being given. Two weeks later and I was back in with the same symptoms, only more so. During that stay I had another LFT which came back as normal (although the day beforehand, I had been given results from the same type of test taken the week prior and they were abnormal) and an MRI scan which came back as clear... though the Doctor (a different one - someone with who I felt completely unsatisfied with) wanted me to have an MRCP - an MRI which concentrates on the liver and is taken with the introduction of dye into the bloodstream. I was again sent home with an out-patients appointment for the following week for the aforementioned scan... but two days home and I had a phone call from the hospital to let me know that the scan had been cancelled... and since then, I feel as if I have been completely ignored.
Because of the way I have been feeling - worse, if anything - and my time off work (I haven't been in since my first hospital admittance) it has been suggested to me that I re-admit myself, but due to a few things floating about in my head (my girlfriend being a worrier, my Mum having to travel and pay for parking, etc.) and also the fact that I had a run-in with a Nurse during my second visit as she was convinced I was only there for the morphine (of which I had none of the second time around because of that fact) I'm really not sure I want to... and I hate to feel like I am wasting time, you know?
And then yesterday... the Doctors' Surgery called saying that the hospital had requested that I was to have a set of LFTs done. This is the first I have heard from them and trying to book an appointment to see my GP is seriously one of the most difficult challenges I have ever been set; however, both are happening this week.
So, my symptoms: a one-off mega weightless (around a stone and eight pounds in four days), lack of appetite, pain in upper right quadrant of stomach, crazy tiredness, almost constant sick feeling with actual periods of vomiting (which once or twice included small amounts of blood), diarrhoea, dark urine, mood swings, a tonne of sweating, disrupted sleep almost every night... that's all I can think of at the moment...
Can anyone give any sort of advice, on anything? I'm not sure if I should be looking out for anything in particular or if there's anything specifically that I can mention to my GP, but, I really am getting to the end of my tether. I want to go back to work and I reeeeally need to get back into training as I am applying for a job in the Emergency Services towards the end of the year. I just feel like my life is on hold at the moment. So, anything would be very appreciated.