Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain

Posted by furgy88 on May 12, 2017 12:16 am

I'm a c1/c2 incomplete for 25 years. For the last two years, I've been experiencing overall decline. My symptoms include anemia, inability to eat except bland foods and small amounts, chronic abdominal pain (left side and sharp pain on right side) with cramping after meals, loose/watery stools, nearly daily AD episodes, general weakness/fatigue, body aches and drastic weight loss. As a result, I've also been developing frequent infections (strep, ear, respiratory, bladder) and skin sores. After two years, I still haven't found an answer and now I'm to the point where I'm suffering greatly. The GI doctor said I don't have diarrhea "technically" because its only with the bowel program, but I'm confused about this because I cannot empty my bowel. What constitutes diarrhea in this situation? I always had normal consistency and now its changed and occasionally it becomes uncontrollable. I'm unsure now what may just be normal SCI changes or other problems. I would appreciate any insight. Thank you.

Re: Abdominal Pain

Posted by Kathy on May 12, 2017 11:14 am

 It is best to speak with a doctor about the complex issues you are dealing with so they may determine possible causes.    
Our doctor locator fact sheet lists organizations with tools so you may find physicians. This fact sheet includes search tools for neurologist, physiatrist as well as other specialties.  A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. 
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