having colonoscopy/upper gi endoscopy tomorrow

By vrswesley Latest Reply 2014-01-31 14:14:10 -0600
Started 2014-01-27 13:17:23 -0600

been having alot of stomach problems for many weeks-maybe months.. doc doing lots of tests.. blood and other. tommorrow these. fun : / just dealing with it..dont feel good today because of it Im sure..

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vrswesley 2014-01-30 10:35:30 -0600 Report

sick again today.. nausea, diarrhea..this is why Ive been having all the tests.. though t I might throw up a few minuts ago.

vrswesley 2014-01-30 14:33:00 -0600 Report

I was sick for about 2 hrs.. thats what normally happens.. I was asleep most of that today..but this is why I m having all these tests. the nausea is bad..

vrswesley 2014-01-28 17:11:14 -0600 Report

just got back from hospital.. was only asleep, 30 mins… talked to Dan as I was falling asleep…so not so scared…doc found nothing wrong.. I said ok why dont i feel good.. her guess is my meds.. suspects one of my diabetis meds, metformin/glucaphge. will talk about it soon. many of my labs came back a little off.. but I maybe the only one who thinks that..Im not a doc… but I do want them explained to me..

vrswesley 2014-01-28 10:14:27 -0600 Report

well it morning finally got alittle sleep.. feel like Ive been up all night doing whatyi been doing… : ? cant wait for this to be over…hungry and tired.leaving soon…talk later.

vrswesley 2014-01-28 02:23:24 -0600 Report

some of my labs came in tonigfht and I cant sleep too must laxitive : / so Im studying labs here are the ones that are quiet right..dont know if their bsd just …

Labs for jan 2014

Test related to norms mine #

Lipase Pancreas 7-60 99 that might be fasting which mine
wasnt. But doc knew that too.

Non African GFR Kidney >90ml/min 67 had been stting at 60
the edge of bad.for months

BUN Liver/Kidneys 6-23 28 think this one is getting steaily worse

C-Reactive Protien Inflamation 0-1.0 2.3

Sed rate rhumatoid Arthritis? 0-20 35 actually been improving.

These are the ones that were “not quite right”, rest where normal except blood sugar and it wasnt bad for a non fasting.

dont really know what this all means.. will talk to her when I can(doc)

buffy360 2014-01-30 19:01:03 -0600 Report

I have Asthma/food allergies, I know have UC Ulcerative Colitis (Colon) and my GI reminds me when I'm freaking out about the numbers jumping around from my labs because I'm trying to understand, wrap my head around everything, to take a cleansing breath, stop worrying about the numbers and look at the BIG picture, back up! Let him do his job to help figure things out. Now I also have Endocronologist for low TSH and Metabolic Syndrome-X (prediabetes) who has me on Metformin. The first three months had many gut issues but one does with UC. We realized at a follow up and some reading I did about that to learn I was not on the long acting formula which he intended for me. Who know where down the line that happened but it has been better with exception of new back pains I'm afraid is kidney issue from Metformin? So I keep my appointments #1. Ask questions, take notes, journal changes, and keep finding ways that work for me to erase my bad habits like walking the perimeters and freezer isles, passing by the bakery ;-). Use rice cooker, slow cooker, one soup pot and one sauté pan. One ingredient foods! KISS "keep it simple sweetie", Mary Kay Ash used to remind us. Oh, also have ADHD HA!! Might be connection to food allergies…
Keep you chin up, eyes forward, you can do it!

jayabee52 2014-01-28 22:58:24 -0600 Report

Since I am on dialysis I had been watching my kidney nunbers for several years. Finally at the beginning of 2013 I got bad enough to need dialysis. I had during that time discovered several resources to aid me in deciphering my kidney numbers. One of those resources I found was the resource here ~ http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/diabetes.pdf. As far as your GFR tells me you are at the bottom end of stage 2 chronic Kidney disease almost to drop into stage 3. Dialysis starts at stage 5 or late in stage 4) You can see the GFR levels of the stages on p 2 of the PDF booklet. In the remainder of that booklet there are practical tips on the best ways to cope with the twin diagnoses of diabetes and chronic kidney disease. If you want to delay going on dialysis, you may wish to eat a meal plan which does not stress your kidneys. You may wish to avoid foods/drinks with a lot of potassium, phosphorus and sodium. Should you desire lists of these, just ask and I can provide them for you.

For the rest of the lab values you might wish to look at the site here ~ http://lifeoptions.org/kidneyinfo/labvalues.php.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

vrswesley 2014-01-31 14:14:10 -0600 Report

looking for whys I can improve my diet ..even if at the moment..well Im working on the docd angle bu in the meantime..working on eating habits.

vrswesley 2014-01-30 22:23:30 -0600 Report

I wrote a letter to my husbands firmer kidney doc, she knows me, i asked her a big favor.. Gave her as much of my history and info as I could..and asked what she thinks..should I be seen by her or not? Told her Id come in officially if she thought I should..told her why I wasnt asking my doc(pcp) first. So please pray she answers and helps me.

vrswesley 2014-01-30 15:22:58 -0600 Report

the nationational kidney foudation has info that contradics itsself.. that chart you gave me says i have ckd.

than heres this quote came from their page too.." GFR is calculated using the serum creatinine and other factors such as age and gender. In the early stages of kidney disease GFR may be normal. A value of 60 or higher is normal (GFR decreases with age). " its confusing.. the word I just saw is MAY BE and Im betting thats where my doc is standing.. I honestly, am lost here.. need a second opinion, another doc, I have to start with her.. but I dont expect to get anywhere…just because of ..well she has told me in the past that I worry too much about the diabetes…

I have discided to contact my husbands former kidney doc and ask a big favor ..her opinion..I know shes a good doc..I will give her as much info as I can and see if she can give me any help.with this, advice, whatever…I need a lot of pull to talk to dr b about this, as you can tell Im very uneasy about talking to her about this…but if dr kaw will help me.. maybe…

vrswesley 2014-01-30 14:35:03 -0600 Report

looked up my husbands firmer kidney doc today..loved her..great lady and doc. she tried very hard for him…but w/o my pcp aggreeing… we will see. I see dr b in 2 weeks and will talk to her than.

vrswesley 2014-01-30 09:51:50 -0600 Report

very tired right now..just walked a bunch, didnt eat enough before, just wasnt hungry, know blood sugar was going down…wondering how to go about getting a second opionion from another doc.. to see a specialist..I need dr b's permission..and she wont give it at least not for an endo. shes never said a thing about ckd either so even if its on her radar, she hasnt dignosed it… just hard to say I want a second opinion on this.. assuming she thinks Im over reacating(she has said that about my diabetis and Im really starting to doubt her there. I was cking out other family practice docs today. for second opionions.. to find out what theyd do with me.if they d take this more seriously or not..do I have to tell he I want one to get insurance yto pay for it?anyy body know?

vrswesley 2014-01-29 12:09:39 -0600 Report

sorry I freaked out..I am going to talk to my doc…that is scarey. going to think and pray and talk to doc and decide what to do.

vrswesley 2014-01-29 06:03:46 -0600 Report

one more question, as i read it talks about "Plus" and "minus" and also other factors they considerWhich Im beting is why she isnt con =cerned about my #'s , noit sure I agree with her at this point but Im betting thats what shes thinking…going to talk to her about it ..see what shes thinking , then decide what I want to do. really trying to move.. would make changing docs mut..will have to than..

vrswesley 2014-01-29 05:00:39 -0600 Report

my #'s for about a year was >60 that was 2 yrs ago. highest was 87. looking at my history of testresults on this test (GFR)..sorry as I said Im a bit paniced right now.

vrswesley 2014-01-29 04:44:11 -0600 Report

ok..what Im reading, you sound right.. sorry but..I need to check thigs I read online against the real world.. not sure what to do here need to talk to docs.. I m wondering why we arent treating this..shouldnt we be? admit Im scared. very startled. thankyou for telling me this.

vrswesley 2014-01-29 04:22:48 -0600 Report

that graph I looked at saiud that if I was above 60 I was "normal" …oknot doubting you just need more info..will look at stuff you gave me.. do you have any more?

jayabee52 2014-01-29 12:13:18 -0600 Report

I do, let me know what it is you'd like to know and I'll see if I have it (or if it is available still — some of the resources on which I relied before are no longer available on the net or has been moved to another place)

vrswesley 2014-01-29 13:02:20 -0600 Report

lidt of good for me foods.. dont know if I cant get them.. I live on almost no money.. alreadsy know I am eatting worse than I should. ..I also hate to cook and deal with depression.. so that makes it harder.. too. just would like to know..

thing Im most upset about is she didnt tell me! and bet she denies it now..she denied my diabetis for about 3 yrs when everybody else knew I had it.. even some of my othjer docs.

its just so hard to fire docs..ive been wuthg this lsady for ten+ years…sorry I bond with my docs.. dan as I might have said wanted me to fire her years sago. we uesed to fight about it..need to move.. need to anyway ..please pray I can soon.

I want more info too let me think.. can you think of anything else that would be helpful?..

vrswesley 2014-01-29 04:16:47 -0600 Report

your saying..actually my numbers are saying I have kidney desease!? nobody has ever said that to me before!S*** maybe I do need a new doc! D88! My husband died of kidney disease!..well alot of things..but..

jayabee52 2014-01-29 12:10:01 -0600 Report

All I know from both experience and reading, you have CKD are about half way to needing dialysis. Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but if you are aware of the possibliity you may make changes to your meal plans to take a load off your kidneys and hopefully conserve kidney function for a longer time and postpone dialysis. I believe I postponed dialysis for a minimum of 1 yr due to my change of menu.

vrswesley 2014-01-29 20:51:53 -0600 Report

what Im telling my doc

"Want to talk about my new labs…A bit concerned about my kidney function #'s
was researching.. realised my gfr #'s look a lot like I have kidney desease and may have had it a while.. dont know if that is true.. know it takes more than the internet to dianose.. and I have a lot more wrong with mre that could explain, many of my symptoms,(fatgue, shortness of breath. Etc..) but I admit those gfr number do concern me."

see what she says and go from there…

vrswesley 2014-01-29 20:43:57 -0600 Report

Ive been thinkinbg.. not in any way saying your wrong-not at all , just somethings you dont know..wondering if this changes anything in your mind..

Im on many many prrecriptoon meds, they think my vomiting is caused by my metformin, they always ask me about shortness of breath-but Ive had that for years and years..I do have the swelling.. have had that for a few yrs, I am tired,and not alot of concintration but there are other good reasons for all these things truley, just being through. ..obviously my numbrers agree with you.. I understand that.. not denythat just covering bases. Im also very overweight, 327 lbs…just wondered your thoughts…with the new info? any changes or no? got to go work on my lisyt for talking to my doc about this..and what to do if she disagrees.

vrswesley 2014-01-29 13:20:32 -0600 Report

I m not upset with you for telling me this..I thankyou…Im hesitating..mostly because .. well I …we dont know each other personally.. Im always a little wary to take medical advice online.. but I also trust patients, sooner than I trust docs..not that I dont trust docs.. just think patients ..in many ways know more..they are where the rubber meets the road. depends but..

as I said U do thankyou. for telling me this..truly..so now I can deal with it. I just dont know why shre didnt.

vrswesley 2014-01-28 01:46:25 -0600 Report

as I said Im had ing test tomorrow..today now.. not sleeping well… my blood tests came opnline at 1:30 am so ive been studying them . have several values i wan t to talkj to my doc about.. this isnt my family doc but the speacialist..(stomach doc) . who is doinf the scops tues. I seem to be a bit animic..alot of inflamation…35 sed rate.and my kidneys while not horrile numbers are not as good as id like.. need to talk to her and see what she thinks of all this. Not all the labs are in yet.. and dont really know what any of this maens.. but.. most of these numbers arent way out ofline.. but all are out of line with supposed "norms" ..just have to see what my doc thinks.

jigsaw 2014-01-27 14:58:55 -0600 Report

Out of curiosity, are you taking Metformin? The reason I asked, I was on Metformin a while back in time. I had major problems that were not typical or common. Quite a few doctors said it wasn't a reaction to the Metformin. I was really suffering until I discontinued the Metformin. That was over a year ago, and I've been fine ever since. So I thought I would just mention this as a heads up, just in case your on Metformin.
I hope everything turns out for the best with your tests.

vrswesley 2014-01-27 16:16:17 -0600 Report

yes and Ill keep that in mind..thankyou

jigsaw 2014-01-27 16:26:48 -0600 Report

I forgot to mention that it was digestive, and stomach problems. I had seen a gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, and a primary care physician. All of them said they didn't think Metformin was the cause. Bottom line, without the met, I'm fine!

vrswesley 2014-01-27 14:07:39 -0600 Report

yea its the prep thats the hard part… just making me feel worse.. but I guess thats to be expected…the actual test isnt a big deal… just felt like talking about it… keeping an eye on my sugar..cant take my meds..

been having stomach pain nausea, diarrhea for weeks

jayabee52 2014-01-27 13:46:01 -0600 Report

Yes I am sorry to hear that as well. i went through that colonscopy and endoscopy back in 2006, The proceedure was a snap because I was put into a "twilight sleep" and it was over soon. What I found difficult was the preparation for the colonoscopy. That was the pits! I pray you will sail through it easily.

GabbyPA 2014-01-27 13:23:43 -0600 Report

I am sorry to hear you are having so much trouble. I hope that they find what is causing your discomfort.