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What can be wrong with DMil?

(10 Posts)
ODearMe Sat 23-Mar-13 21:01:39

Hello all
My DMIL has a history of acid reflux, heart burn and indigestion. She was once operated on 10 years ago to put in a flap which kept down the acid.

Over the last few weeks, she has not been able to eat without experiencing extreme pain in her abdomen, which travels up to her chest, up her neck and gives her a headache.

The doctor continued to fob her off, until she went to him again and told him she now had dark tarry stools. She said his face dropped and he got straight on the phone and admitted her to hospital.

She has been in since Thursday, is H Pylori negative, had endoscopy but no sign of ulcers; and they are next going to test for a twisted stomach.

I'm really worried it is something more serious even, any ideas what this could be?
Thanks all

OhDearieDearieMe Sat 23-Mar-13 23:03:09

I'm sure it must be very worrying for you. Just didn't want you to go unanswered especially since we are practically namesakes!
Hope you get positive answers sion

digerd Sun 24-Mar-13 08:57:27

I assume it was a gastric endoscopy she had < to examine the stomach and upper small intestines.?>
She should have a colonoscopy to examine her lower intestines as her stool is blackish.

Wish her well.

ODearMe Sun 24-Mar-13 09:50:41

Thanks to you both. DMIL is a very special lady, I have known her since I was 5 years old, she was my teacher! Will keep you posted, agree she should have colonoscopy too as endoscopy must only pick up issues with upper abdomen?

digerd Sun 24-Mar-13 13:09:05

Yes, I had 2 gastric edos and was told they also take biopsies and then go through to the upper duodenum and have a look there. It goes no farther.

ODearMe Tue 26-Mar-13 13:47:12

Hello. Just to update you both, she has a twisted stomach!

digerd Tue 26-Mar-13 15:53:44

Have heard of that in horses and big dogs, but usually the intestines/guts.
Hope they can sort it for her.

ODearMe Tue 26-Mar-13 21:08:29

They think it was caused by the original operation she had and it has twisted her oesophagus and upper stomach. They will give her an operation ASAP. Thanks for the good wishes smile

OhDearieDearieMe Tue 26-Mar-13 22:45:55

Glad they've got to the bottom of it! Wishing her well for a speedy recovery

ODearMe Wed 27-Mar-13 22:33:53

Thank you, you are both very sweet x

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