Comments: Into the unknown.

duuuude. Sorry to hear about the beer thing.

F'd up guts are worse than just about anything. But there's no reason to worry until after they get a scope in there. There's a bunch of things it could be, most of which are 100% treatable. Don't worry until they tell you to worry!

Posted by caltechgirl at August 23, 2006 07:20 PM

I got cha...it is scary being sick...and consumed with the what ifs when they cannot find a diagnosis...

also the fact that it takes sooo many tests and sooo many appointments to determine a diagnosis...

can be frightening and exhausting...

positive thoughts sent your direction...

Posted by armywifetoddlermom at August 23, 2006 09:53 PM

I'm going to feel really bad if this turns out to be a delayed chili injury....

Posted by Graumagus at August 24, 2006 12:51 AM

Isn't there any type of like blood tests they can run to rule in/out cancer?

Hernia?

So sorry about the beer, I know it must be killing you.

I will say a little prayer for you so you can return to your beer drinking soon.

Could it be some sort of allergic reaction to something in beer?

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 24, 2006 06:11 AM

I won't give you sympathy, but, since I care, I'll send positive thoughts your way. Seriously, dude, you have to find out why beer is now your enemy . . . perhaps its the end of the world? ack!

Posted by oddybobo at August 24, 2006 07:32 AM

Actually I think medical science would be more interested in knowing why everything EXCEPT Jack Daniels screws over his stomach... it's not just beer...

Posted by Graumagus at August 24, 2006 11:37 AM

Happy Thoughts going your way that you can have beer again soon. I think I would die if I stopped eating chocolate again. I did it for my first child but not my second. It was too much... I have chocolate EVERY day. Ugh.

Posted by vw bug at August 24, 2006 01:47 PM

That's it -- you're going on my prayer list, whether you like it or not!

Posted by Omnibus Driver at August 24, 2006 02:33 PM

It's not just beer that effects me. Beer is just one of the many different things, like anything with tomatoes, chocolate, bagels, fried foods, breaded foods, greasy foods, yummy foods, anything mildly acidic, anything carbonated, etc.

Posted by Contagion at August 24, 2006 04:09 PM

Yikes!
I hope only the best for you.
I went through something very similar and feel your pain.

Posted by spurs at August 24, 2006 04:19 PM

Thank GOTT you finally told. I'm tellin' ya, I *HATE* keeping these kinds of secrets. I just wanted everyone to keep you in their thougths and send good vibes your way.

Whew - now. Just take care of yourself, get better and I'll make you 2, count them TWO pans of the hottest mexican manicotti I can make!!!

Posted by Tammi at August 24, 2006 06:59 PM

Have they ever tested you for celiac?

I hope they find something soon... get to the bottom of it. This sucks.

Posted by Bou at August 24, 2006 08:11 PM

It just really sounds like you're seriously allergic to something... or a couple things.

Posted by Bou at August 24, 2006 08:13 PM

The beer thing really makes me wonder about celiac too. This would mean you'd have problems with anything that has gluten. Basically, wheat, rye, and barley (the celiac page says they no longer consider oats to be a problem, but I'd lay off them too for now). Generally it's not a "stomach" issue, it's intestinal... but there's always room for variation.

It wouldn't be easy but it would be a diet test you could do on your own to eliminate these things and see how you feel. (as opposed to surgery where they're looking about for the unknown) You'd have to read every friggin' label, for a while until you figured out what was good and what was bad. Of course beer = bad because beer is made from wheat. But the easiest way would be to eat straight meat and vegies (use rice for your starch to help as a filler) for a couple of weeks - no sauces... and see if there's an improvement. The standard allergy diet is lamb and rice with each new thing added one at a time to see how your system takes it. Yeah it's blah...

My boss has this - it can be very nasty. But the thing is, nasty symptoms help you stay on your diet and at least you wouldn't have to give up Jack *grin*. Good luck to you.

BTW - when I say every label I mean EVERY LABEL - check everything including condiments, yes salt too because they often use fillers to keep it from sticking together. Anything not fresh off animal or vine (so to speak) is suspect. Nearly every prepackaged/premade food has got some sort of wheat based filler.

Posted by Teresa at August 25, 2006 11:05 PM

Okay, you all latched onto the beer thing just a little too hard. That's just annoying cause I really like my beer. It's definately not a food allergy. Because if it is, I'm in serious trouble because EVERYTHING except Jack Daniel's upsets my stomach.

I guess it would have been easier to do it this way, things that don't upset me.

Jack Daniels, Wheat or white bread, turkey, some cheeses, mayo, some seasonings and broth. Everything else I've eaten has given me trouble.

Posted by Contagion at August 26, 2006 10:08 AM

so basically what you're saying is you have a glass of JD with every meal? Heh. "I'll have some whole wheat toast with a slice of cheese and a glass of JD for breakfast, please?" ;-)

Posted by Bou at August 26, 2006 11:12 AM

If I could I would, but unfortunately IHOP doesn't servie JD.

Actually the upside is that Ktreva no longer gets upset when I drink JD, I just tell her I'm medicating myself.

Posted by Contagion at August 26, 2006 11:14 AM

Oh... trust me... there was NO DOUBT in my mind that you were telling your lovely wife you were medicating yourself! No doubt.

Posted by Bou at August 26, 2006 11:17 AM

I want for you an answer and a body free of pain. Get high on love from your wonderful family with a "wee" chaser of JD.

Keep us informed, you and yours are cared for by many.

Posted by h~ at August 26, 2006 01:41 PM