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    symptoms

    I hate complaining as somedays it seems I'm the only one listening.

    I've been feeling crappy lately. Bowel routines are so stressful anymore. My hemmoriods are bad (I'm making an appt. which will not happen til NOV.) that I sweat profusely during my poop time I am just literally pooped afterward. (I do my routine MWF at night)

    I've been "dizzy" during the day. Not room spinning, it's hard to explain. It's almost as if I am fading? The whole world seems to lose a shade of brightness? I'm nauseous (sp?), but just dry heave a few times in the a.m and then I'm ok. I'm also nauseous during bowel routine near the end.

    Went to the dr's today as he thinks I may have an inner ear infection. My bp was 80/60. It's usually 110/70 when all is well.

    We agreed (as he wanted me to go to the ER for an IV bag right after seeing him) that I'd drink plenty of gatorade and have my bloods drawn in the a.m. as I have to head into the city for a meeting tonight.

    I am not pregnant. I've been popping ibuprofen for my shoulder pain. and the last few nights taking tylenol pm so I could sleep.

    I don't take any drugs other than ditropan xl at night and the chlonidine hydrochloride for the sweating (I know it's a bp lowering med, but I have been taking it for years w/o a problem and only when the sweating will not stop on it's own)

    It's just hard when I go to the dr's if I'm having an AB issue or are my symptoms SCI related? I'm 25 years post so one would think I've had everything!

    My periods are still regular but increasingly painful. Maybe it's a pre-menopausal thing?


    any suggestions?

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    Sorry to hear that you are not feeling good. I don't really have any suggestions I'm afraid, but it seems right to have your blood checked in case you have a case of anaemia. Are your periods very heavy, do you bleed inbetween? Maybe a visit to a gynae to check for fibroids or polyps? I had those a few years back and got very anaemic without realizing it, which of course made me very tired and out of sorts. I think you posted a while back about some dizziness - is it the same now as before? Was it an ear infection then?
    I hope you get some answers soon. Take care.

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    That's weird. Same here. I went to my colo-rectal surgeon yesterday (ack) and she said I have an anal fissure. She's going to try to treat it without cutting on it.

    Looking back, I think I haven't been eating much because what goes in has to come out and the pain with bowel thing is so debilitating. Also because I've felt weak I haven't eaten properly (it's easier to send someone out for another burger) which makes me weaker... My blood pressure has gotten so low sometimes that it felt like it was high, if that makes sense. Drinking lots of gatorade seems to help.

    Premenopause probably makes it all worse. The pain has been so bad but it's connected to so many other things I can't isolate it as THE problem. I had to take cipro for a UTI which eased the butt pain (great, I have an infected ass). That's when I noticed that my butt was the pain that was knocking me down.

    SCI makes it all so weird. We can't isolate things. When my butt is bad my hands and feet hurt horribly, who knows why.

    I know one thing-when you make an appointment with a colorectal doctor you are feeling BAD. Mine is great but there is no doctor I want to see less than her. I was fussing because I didn't have time to put on make-up. My son said "Oh, Mom. It's not like they're going to be looking at your face."

    If misery loves company maybe this will make you feel better. Drink lots of fluids and keep gatorade handy. Try eating really well, lots of fiber, little meat and sugar but keep plenty of protein in you. If you have to get something cut you'll need it to heal. Blahblah, you know all this better than I do, I expect. I sure hope you feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betheny
    I had to take cipro for a UTI which eased the butt pain (great, I have an infected ass). That's when I noticed that my butt was the pain that was knocking me down.

    SCI makes it all so weird. We can't isolate things. When my butt is bad my hands and feet hurt horribly, who knows why.

    I know one thing-when you make an appointment with a colorectal doctor you are feeling BAD. Mine is great but there is no doctor I want to see less than her. I was fussing because I didn't have time to put on make-up. My son said "Oh, Mom. It's not like they're going to be looking at your face."
    Hi Betheny,

    Your son is quite the comedian. I'm surprised he didn't recommend you put some rouge on your butt cheeks! I imagine he knows by now just what every different physician does according to their specialty.

    Hi Liz321,

    I'm listening but sorry to say don't have much to offer that can be of help. My mantra lately for feeling down and out is to make sure you don't have a UTI. Similiar to Betheny, I just got done taking a double regimen of Cipro (20 days worth) and it knocked out my UTI and a lot of pain too. And it made me feel a whole lot better overall.

    I can't feel my butt (thank goodness) but I'm sure it would hurt like hell after spending some time over the toilet doing what we need to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Liz321
    It's just hard when I go to the dr's if I'm having an AB issue or are my symptoms SCI related?
    I know. I wish I had a SCI center full of specialists around here to go to. AB doctors are practically clueless when it comes to SCI. And most of their offices aren't really accessible. In particular the examination tables. More like examination balancing beams. I was injured less than two months before you. July 22, 1979. I can't say it's been very fun especially when complications like the ones you're experiencing arise.

    I hope you start feeling better soon. Life's tough enough without the "extras".
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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    If the every other day bowel program drains you, you might switch to every day for a while.
    Good multivitamin with eextra b vitamins & iron for women.
    Extra Soy for those "near menopausal" things .

    CWO

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    Thanks

    an every day program is not feasible. I need to work and 2 hour program every night will not make that possible.

    I'm better today. Thank you. it's good to know I'm not alone.

    I'll start a vit. regime!

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