Ick... I'm not sure what's been happening with my body, and doctors around here take forever to see & are kinda dismissive. In the past half year or more:
- occasionally I wake up around 3-4AM with extreme gut pain that kinda "spiders" around the bottom of my stomach, which makes me feel like I'll throw up. This is coupled with shaking, weakness, feeling like I'm going to faint & a racing heart - most times this happens I end up throwing up after half an hour of it all, but when this happens it's very forceful & convulsive (even after my stomach is 100% empty) - this went away for a few months, but suddenly this morning it happened again. I managed to stop myself from throwing up this time but now my gut feels pretty tender - around the same time this started happening, my periods have suddenly slowed to the point where I only have them one about every 2 or 3 months (not entirely sure if this is related)
I'll try to get in & see a doctor about it again but I'm just wondering if anyone here has had anything similar happen to them/someone they know? or has any ideas what might be causing this? The blood test I had a couple months ago showed no hormone issues, but vitamin deficiency hasn't been tested for. (I'm scared to go in for another blood test b/c that was the one that made me faint & have a short fit)
I’m no doctor so I can’t give a really educated reply but if you’re sick that may be what’s causing your period to not come as often. I have a lot of stomach problems though mine tend to not include vomiting. Are you making an appointment with a gastroenterologist? That would be my advice as this seems to be very gut related with the vomiting and stomach pain!
I’m sorry about all of this and I hope it gets better
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2018 18:33:48 GMT by Rebecca ♠️
The only thing I can think of are cysts, which I tend to get sometimes as well, though far less since taking medicine. It may not be the same thing at all, but I've been woken up with similar symptoms.
no advice but that sounds very alarming mya!! make sure you get it checked out! i second seeing a gastro, i'm currently in the process of getting those tests done - it's no fun but sometimes you have to!
I don't have any idea what that could be (there's so many things that can go weird in the guts that pinpointing the problem can be difficult sometimes) but i DO have advice on getting a doctor to listen to you and take you seriously, and not just be a dismissive butthole.
When you describe your pain, make sure you tell them how it's affecting your life. You're waking up at 3-4am with extreme pain and vomiting? It's messing up your sleep and causing you to have problems doing your job/doing your daily activities. It's not just an inconvenience that you decided to bug them with -- it's seriously affecting your ability to DO anything, and that's why it needs to be seen. Stress that. (don't lie and make it sound like life or death if it's not though <3).
But most of the time, if you show up and say "My arm hurts, I can't bend it like this." they'll go "okay, don't bend it like that then?" But if you say "My arm hurts and it's making my job impossible, and i am unable to complete daily tasks like feeding myself. It's also keeping me awake at night, which is affecting my work." they'll go "okay, we need to take care of that so you don't get fired." (Not always, but it seems to help).
As for your periods -- they're finicky little things that have no chill and will disappear when the smallest thing goes wrong. But if you find anything wrong with your periods (Extreme/abnormal amounts of pain -- especially during sex, heavy clotting, "seeing stars", fainting, etc) then you need to talk to a gyno stat, and bring up PCOS/Endometriosis. and don't take a "Eh, i don't think so. it's so rare~" as an answer. Ask them to explain WHY they don't think you have something, and keep asking questions. Don't let them dismiss you or shrug your concerns. Take up all the time you need, because that's their job, is to answer your questions and make you feel better. Make them do their job <3
I hope you feel better Mya <3 and if any doctors give you gruff, let me know and i'll go stick my canes up their butts <3
Thank you for the advice everyone, I'll bring up needing to see a gastroenterologist when I'm able to get a doctor's appointment (will take a while to get an appointment, let alone be referred to a gastro and possibly "forgotten" in the process). I'll try to be assertive on how it's affecting my life, but perhaps they don't take me as seriously as I'm a 17 y/o who still takes her mother in with her due to anxiety? It does make me disoriented for most of the day following due to it disrupting my sleep schedule, so I'll also bring that up.
I'm not as concerned about my periods since I'm not experiencing any other problems than it being infrequent, just brought it up in case it might be linked.
(and thank you for that last part Kitty haha, that cheered me up a bit ^^)
Good <3 Don't let them forget about you though!! I had the HARDEST time getting my Dr to refer me to a neurologist for my pain, because it was a "hassle" to get all the permissions from insurance and blah blah. IE: They were being lazy buttholes. So keep calling them. Just once a week. Be sickly sweet if it helps, and just say "Hi! I'm Mya PerfectFace and i'm calling to check up on the status of my gastro referral?" and let them sweat. If they say they don't have anything new, remind them to call you back at this number, and tell them you'll call back next week. Keep doing it, or they will forget. It's stressful as HECK, but just remember -- you can have a panic attack OFF the phone for as long as you like, as long as you get those three seconds of talking over with and make them do their job <3
AND: Don't ever let them pressure you into giving up/shrugging off your pain just because of your age. You don't have to be old to have weird aches and pains -- they're just more common then. And if they scoff or give you crap for bringing your mum, feel free to tell them that you're bringing her for moral support, and that you feel more confident/safe with her in the room. They can't make her leave, because it's your right. Just don't let your mum talk over you, or talk FOR you for everything. It's okay if she chips in to remind you/them of something you might have skipped over, but don't let her run the whole appointment. (idk if your mum does that, but mine did and it was a nightmare and a half lol).
Sorry for spamming you with all the walls of text @.@ i have far too much experience fighting with doctors and medical crap, so i can bit** about -- i mean -- "wax poetic" about it for hours and hours. <3 If you need somebody to vent to, or ask advice with, just jab my inbox <3
I would consider seeing an OBGYN, too. A lot of womanly problems can manifest themselves in your stomach. My colleague has been describing similar symptoms to the ones you did for months, right down the the missed periods. It turned out to be a gigantic fibroid (which is essentially an non-cancerous mass in ones uterus), and when I say gigantic, I mean it literally weighed 4 lbs and was the size of a small melon! I myself have PCOS, and my periods are also completely irregular, and the pain is so deep that i feel it in my stomach and my back. Of course there are a ton of other options that could be causing it. Gallbladder, food intolerance, crohns, the list goes on. Maybe try and figure out when it is occurring and how frequently, like keep a log, and label it with intensity. This could also help your doctor diagnose you.
I have something similar. Ever since I was little I've had this thing that happens maybe once or twice a month. I wake up in the middle of the night feeling incredibly sick, freezing even if I'm wrapped right up under the duvet (it feels like when you have a bad temperature) and shaking. It's bloody awful. Most of the time if this happens I throw up finally after waiting for, like you said, around half an hour. It always feels like longer though. I've had this for as long as I can remember and it's just a part of my life now. Sometimes it goes away by itself if I can get myself back to sleep. I thought this was actually normal until very recently when I asked my friends and they said they don't get this. I've never been to a doctor about it because it's always been a part of my life. I've looked it up before and people do get this and it's something to do with getting a certain nerve in your back trapped while you're sleeping. Don't ask me how it works, but throwing up helps because the convulsing dislodges the nerve.
My mum has told me before that it could possibly be down to overheating as well. I don't know if we have the same thing or not, but I'd be extremely curious to see what happens at the doctors. Don't let them push you around, I know it's easier said than done though. Oh and I've not noticed it affecting my periods, but I've never really linked the two before at all. I hope you can get this sorted Mya, as someone as who at least has something similar I know it's not nice. <3
I'm wondering if you are getting low blood sugar because that would be a good while since you had eaten. It can cause nausea with shaking and weakness. I don't know if your infrequent periods would be related but it might. You might need a quick blood test several hours after you eat. It is just a pin prick to get a drop of blood, nothing to be concerned about.