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unbearable abdominal pain w/ diarrhea then itchiness

I just finished taking my 3rd trip to the emergency room in the last 2 years. This is what happens... I have unbearable abdominal pain which sends me to the bathroom with diarrhea. During this - my hands, feet and the top of my head start to furiously itch. I then get flushed and feel like I'm going to pass out. (The first episode I passed out and fell off the toilet) The pain comes in wave after wave (like very fast labor) and is so excruciating that there is no position that gives relief. It is in the lower abdominal area, but effects my back and I can't really remember if it's worse on either side. Seems like maybe the left is worse. I get somewhat nauseous. The pain is a 10 and lasts (this last time) for over 2 hours. And as suddenly as it came, it went. By the time I finally see a doctor - the pain has subsided. Blood results show that my white cell count is high and that my sugar rises (179). My sugar is usually right on the border of 110 or so. No blood in urine. A colonoscopy at one time showed that I have ulcerative colitis - but this last doctor said that colitis attacks don't attack like this... said it sounded more like a kidney stone. They did a CT scan - no stones. No one seems to know what this is and because it happens with no particular stimuli like a common food, etc. (other than maybe high stress), they don't seem to be able to give me a diagnosis. Does anyone have a clue what this could be? Thanks in advance...
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replied November 21st, 2007
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Weird.

Have you tested your stool? Have you traveled recently?
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replied November 25th, 2007
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Hello! Your pain sounds so awful. I am so sorry for it. Have they tested your liver enzymes? The itching particularly has me concerned for a problem with the hepatic system-liver, pancreas, gall bladder, etc. In my opinion, you really need the MD to take your concerns seriously. More testing seems to be in order. Do you have your gall bladder?
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replied February 20th, 2009
ME TOO
I also get this pain without itching but sit on toilet and get tingly and come very close to passing out--usually diarrhea, but last night was constipated. I sit there and can't move esp. can't stand up straight to get up then can't find position in bed for relieve. I do not know what this is but one doctor has said I may have ulcerative colitis as well. Wierd. Maybe this is a reaccuring thing with that disease--they just might not know it?? Could be GERD or IBS or something?? I think it is very hard to get a precise diagnosis for something so hard to explain. Yes, the pain is a 10 and laborlike. I have 3 kids via c-section and labored first with my first 2 babies--this is WORSE!!!Have you found any more out since your post??Sorry I couldn't be of any help besides letting you know you are not alone.
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replied February 27th, 2009
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Check your stool
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replied February 28th, 2009
All of these symptoms could be from Celiac Disease which is when you are allergic to gluetin which is in wheat, rye, and barley. The first step is to get a blood test specifically for Celiac. When gluetin has "flattened" all of your villi in your small intestine after years of eating gluetin you get full blown diarreah. Once this happens your body is not getting nutrients so you can get all kinds of stuff...Lupus, neurological stuff etc....Celiac is very underdiagnosed and some doctor's aren't very educated on the disease yet. I would urge you to get tested for it.
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replied February 28th, 2009
All of these symptoms could be from Celiac Disease which is when you are allergic to gluetin which is in wheat, rye, and barley. The first step is to get a blood test specifically for Celiac. When gluetin has "flattened" all of your villi in your small intestine after years of eating gluetin you get full blown diarreah. Once this happens your body is not getting nutrients so you can get all kinds of stuff...Lupus, neurological stuff etc....Celiac is very underdiagnosed and some doctor's aren't very educated on the disease yet. I would urge you to get tested for it.
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replied August 30th, 2009
hi i have the exact same thing 3 trips to emerge in ottawa in the past year and a half first time had high blood sugar tones of diareah had to stay for a month till it subsided also really light headed and frequent urination had trouble walking had trouble doing lots of things then was realesed got a bit better then really bad again still really bad even passed a couple small kidney stones doctors have no clue white cells a little elevated have ultrasound in october im praying that finds it cause the blood tests tell them nothing also had sigmoidoscapy he said no inflamation did a biopsy never called back i think im gonna die before i figure this out but from Matt you might have type 1 diabetes but your sugar never gets to low or to high its just always up and down and that makes you sick to high siezure to low siezure but if its up and down you just get really really sick anyway thats the one im on now but who really knows if researched all of them im so doomed Ottawa has the worst doctors if the test isn't on the sheet in front of them they won't order it see you at emerge in a couple months LOVE MATT
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replied March 24th, 2010
I have horrible itching and diarrhea. Itching everywhere when it occurs. I had cholestasis in my last pregnancy but I delivered 1 1/2 yrs ago. All my liver enzyme and bile tests are all normal. Have had ultrasounds, and have been checked for all the Hepatititis's . Good luck to you!

Jennifer
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replied June 4th, 2010
I also have these terrible episodes. I have had them for as long as I can remember. However, the older I get the more I can't bare the situation. Years ago, the doctor passed it off as IBS. This year, I was diagnosed with diverticulosis, but I'm not sure that's the answer. I do try to watch my diet, but the episodes are so unpredictible. Sometimes I get then when I haven't eaten anything greasy or spicy. I have had tests on the large intestines, but never the small intestines. Does anyone know if problems with the small intestines make the pain this terrible? Last year I had gall bladder surgery and pancreatitis, but I still get these debilitating "violent" stomach (I can't call it aches) pains. Last night I was in severe pain for 2 hours. If I had been able to get away from the toilet, I would have gone to the emergency room. I vomit uncontrollably while in pain and I break out in a sweat that leaves me completely soaked. I have had kidney stones, and they are terrible sometimes, but this is even worse . . . worse than labor, worse than anything. I really want some help because the older I get the more I'm afraid that I will die from the pain and exhaustion.
Any ideas?
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replied November 15th, 2011
I've had exactly the kind of pain you are talking about for about a year and a half. Had every test done and everything was normal. Eventually my dad and I figured out that he experienced similar symptoms at the same age. He started taking a fiber supplement (metamucil) and has been doing so for 35 years with no recurrence of the symptoms. I started taking a fiber supplement and it seems to have fixed the problem, although it's only been a couple of weeks. Hope that works for you. That pain is unbelievable!
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replied June 26th, 2010
I just left work today when my "attack" happened.. My boss called my grandmother to come get me. I'm 21 years old and these symptoms everyone is explaining is exactly it. It started when I began highschool, I have the sweats, low stomach pains, the flashes and the tingly feeling all with the diarriah.. I have passed out once, and have had been to a neurologist, heart specialist, and noone can figure it out. Why have they not tested my stool or colon or any of that stuff u all have been talking about? I am a male I have noticed a lot of u described labor is this most common in women? It seems almost like it happens after a late night that I had been up. I can't compare anything to the other times because nothing is linked.. What's this gluten stuff? I had been working out and drinking protein which has that in it..
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replied November 19th, 2012
I have had similar pains for almost 7 years now, I'm 20 years old and the pain is seriously unbearable, I have broken bones, had a toenail ripped off by a small toy train track my grandpa had built for me when I was little, and plenty of other painful experiences but this one is seriously the worst. I have been to the emergency room numerous times and to gastroenterologists. They have not been able to figure out what the problem is yet. They believed that I was lactose intolerant at first, then allergic to gluten, IBS, Crohn's, Ulcers, the whole nine yards. Testing for most of these conditions has already occurred and needless to say none of these have been the culprit of my unbearable pains. I have another appointment to go back after almost half a year with no episodes, I have an idea that Gastric Emptying and Volvulus could be possibilities for not just myself but many of the other concerned posts on this thread.

As for help, I wanted to give my two cents to everyone. I have had pains that cause diarrhea, vomiting (although I think the few times it has occurred is from the pain), dizziness, and weariness that has led to passing out. Rather than sitting on the toilet and waiting for the pain to go away, I urge you all to try sitting in a very hot bath or very hot shower. If nothing else works I can almost always ensure this will help at least a little, I believe it is because the muscles that are acting up and causing pain are relaxed in a hot bath or shower. If all else fails, as dangerous as it sounds, I take enough benadryl to make it so that I cannot stay awake even if I wanted to.

As for additional ways that may not be available to everyone/are not certain people's preference. I have found that working out and breaking a sweat also helps to ease the pain if you are able to add this in your everyday routine. Something a little more out of the box, as ridiculous and un-credible this will make me sound, smoking weed helps. I do not condone this, nor do I smoke recreationally, but I have found that this, under cerain circumstances, also helps to relax the nerves and take some of the edge off of the pain.

I hope that I can at least help someone, because if your stomach problems are anything like mine, you never want to get them again, and coming from someone who has experienced this pain, I hope this helps all of you in the future get past these agonizing nights.
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replied December 30th, 2016
I didn't realize how long ago I posted this!! Still having these attacks 1 to 2 times a year at their very worst. The last attack was last year and I was hauled out on a stretcher from the church bathroom. I pretty much exhausted all my resources. The last doctor I saw said, "If I were you, I would get a brand new physician and start all over again." I gotta tell ya - I'm beyond tired of it all. In the past two years, after test after test, I've been put on thyroid medication (slow thyroid), metformin (A1C - 7), no celiac disease, no ulcerative colitis, gall bladder gone, not kidney stones... they throw my symptoms in the IBS pile and foods really make no difference. Happens even when I haven't eaten or when I haven't had enough sleep. By the way, the "bath" suggestion above actually helps some. Thank you. Not very practical from the Church bathroom though. (grin) After one of my attacks, my trunk was covered with welps. I've been doing some research on Mass Cell Activation Disorder. Wondering if there is some form that doesn't always present with rashes. 4 years later... any other thoughts?
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replied July 6th, 2017
I just experienced my first episode of this. Severe itching on my feet hands scalp and sweating profusely. The pain in my stomach was unbearable and I was very nauseous. I become very very hot and feeling like I was about to faint. Please someone help with some answers
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