My Colonoscopy and Endoscopy
The 4 months were up. It was time for colonoscopy and endoscopy. Nothing had changed with regards to my symptoms.
I had both procedures on the same day. The preparation before the colonoscopy and endoscopy was awful. Not being allowed to eat after 6pm the day BEFORE the procedure was difficult. 24 hours before you are only allowed to consume clear liquids, no solids. You have to drink this phosphate drink. It practically clear you out! It was awful. I did wonder about drinking this stuff and wondering what they would find when it absolutely cleared me out, flushing everything away. That’s what it felt like.
The endoscopy was the worst of the two procedures. Have you ever had a tube stuck down your throat? Ghastly! I kept bawking and belching. The consultant even told me if I didn’t stay still he’d have to stop the procedure. That’s compassion for you! I never want to go through that again. Both procedures didn’t take that long. I was wheeled back out of the theatre within 45 minutes. I was told by a nurse that there was nothing untoward going on that they could see. They had also taken a biopsy and would let me know the results within a couple of weeks. I was slightly disappointed that they didn’t find anything after the procedures but I still had the biopsy to rely upon. I was praying something would come back positive. At least then I’d know.
My results of the biopsy: A ‘positive’, they’d found the h-pylori bug. I’d never actually heard of it but anyway, I thought, it’s a positive, I’ll get treatment and hopefully this would be an end to my nightmare. I wasn’t totally convinced that my symptoms were the entire cause of this bug because I just knew parasites were involved. Could this bug really be what was causing my symptoms? In order to get a better understanding of this bug I did a bit of research but I could only relate to a few of the symptoms. The h-pylori bug can cause a fluttering in the heart, I remember reading it somewhere (must find it and post). But I wouldn’t describe my heart symptoms as fluttering, more like heavy wriggling. My heart also skips beats too. I was called back to see the consultant to discuss the findings of these tests and to discuss a treatment. I remember asking him about my symptoms and asked if the h-pylori bug would be causing the dizziness. He said no. He also didn’t relate a lot of my other symptoms to the h-pylori bug either. Dare I mention parasites! I was tempted but knew there was no point.
I was given a course of antibiotics to eradicate the bug. I finished the course of antibiotics but, to my horror, my symptoms still persisted. I was at the end of my tether.:’( I didn’t know where to go from here.
I really was at one of my lowest ebs around this time. Would I ever get a result? I cried practically every day. I was a mess, emotionally and physically. It was becoming a joke. The length of time I’d been ill, the length of time I’d had to wait to get tests done. (I have to say, I was partly to blame for not going back on a regular basis, but embarrassment got in my way and I didn’t feel I was being listened to. I felt my Doctor recognised only a few symptoms and wasn’t looking at my symptoms as a whole. It was beyond frustrating. No matter how bad I felt I just couldn’t go back. What was I to say with regards to what I was going through. What other tests would my doctor recommend. I knew it was going to be difficult. I was back to square one again, having to take matters into my own hands and search for help.
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