Dear Dr. Archer,
I am suffering from extreme pain in the center of my stomach, below my ribcage. I only defecate twice a month, and have lost nine pounds within a month.
I have gone to a gastroenterologist, who conducted a series of tests. The only thing he found was that I have a slow digestive system. Once I took the oatmeal test, it took 4 1/2 hours just for the food to start moving. I was put on Reglan.
I feel like I now have the urge to throw up all the time. If I press hard on my stomach it feels better. I can barely eat or drink anything. Now I feel like my body smells. Do you have any suggestions, can this be psychiatric?
This does not sound like a psychiatric issue at all, but rather a physical problem. I am concerned for you. If you have not done so already, immediately discuss what is going on with your gastroenterologist. You may also want to consider getting a second opinion, as two minds are often better than one.
But most importantly Janet you must take charge of your health. See your doctor and ask for a complete review of everything he’s considered and tested for this is a way you can take an active role in getting your health back as quickly as possible. Make sure to discuss the weight loss, the fact you can’t eat and any other concerns you have.
Next use the internet to stay as informed as possible about your symptoms/condition. The best results in medical treatment involves a partnership between the doctor and the patient. The days of a doctor playing god are long gone.
Empower yourself to learn as much as possible about your particular health issues and question the doctor with anything you discover in your research. Odds are he’s already considered everything you’re bringing up, but you’ll be amazed at how empowered you feel when you learn about your own health. I wish you all the best.