Tracer, does your sister have anemia? I ask because even on iron supplements, I am always boarderline anemic which affects my energy significantly. I also have high cholesterol (genetic, I'm partially Vietnamese). I can not eat acidic fruits, drink fruit juice, or drink soda as it tears me up and HURTS. I also cannot handle much red meat without feeding sick (I eat a lot of fish and chicken) and I've gotten to the point of not being able to eat fast food or resteraunt food at all because of the cramping afterwards.
Its so strange because I sound a LOT like your sister. I didn't mention it but I am CONSTANTLY getting strep throat and throat infections (negative strep but still pain) and as I already said, I have very weak lungs and bronchioles. However, I do not have asthma unlike both my sister and my mom.
I'm actually worried that my gallbladder was not the issue, Crohns was, and now I don't have the organ which is just stressing my body even more. :/ And now I have all of these allergies. How they're related, I don't know...but they all started when I started having what I thought were gallbladder problems.
The constant sickness makes me feel aweful, and my regular doctor (who I deeply dislike, but I'm a minor and my mom likes her for whatever reason so I'm stuck with her) likes to blame me for everything. She says I always have strep because I don't wash enough, but I SWEAR I do. I wash my hands thoroughly at least 10 times a day, brush my teeth 3-4 times a day, use Listerine, shower daily, keep my room tidy, use lysole... but she makes me feel like this is also my fault. ALL of my doctors also like to blame my illnesses on stress, and while I DO handle stress poorly I've made drastic changes to help me learn to cope with it better and I see no changes. And how can ALL of this be from stress? All they tell me is 'deal with your stress. Don't be stressed. Don't do anything and it will get better' but life just doesn't work like that. I have a job, horses, a family to take care of, school (I have learning disabilities too), and other typical teenaged problems. I can't just not do anything or not be stressed. Its impossible!
MissyMay, no I am not Mediterranean. I'm unsure of what my mom is, though we think she may have some irish in her (very pale, freckles, reddish hair. Her mom and grandmother are the same way) and my dad is Vietnamese.
We do have a LOT of history of genetic problems though unfortunately, on BOTH sides so I really got a double whammy when it came to the gene pool. Both of my siblings are healthy as can be, with the exception of one having asthma. In our family history we have GERD in literally all of my dad's side of the family, lactose intolerance (I however, am not lactose intolerant. I can not drink lactose free milk either) because of the Asian side, cardiac disease, fibro myalgia, chronic migraines, osteo proses (sp?), liquid around the heart and lungs, and GI issues. So I could have anything, honestly xD its pretty awful. If we were a horse breeding operation we would be the lowest of the low backyard breeding programs. LOL. No immediate family member of mine has Crohns though, as far as I know.
Darrin- I sure hope that's not what I have :/ it looks horrific. I don't think I match most of the symptom's, but I guess its always possible.
As for Celiacs disease, I was tested twice for both Celiacs and for just an allergy and they came back negative. But like you all say, its possible that I could still be intolerant to it! The weird thing though, is wheat (and other carby things...specifically saltine crackers) is one thing that makes me feel a bit better. It coats my stomach for a short time and relieves the burning caused by so much bile, and I don't have reflux from them. I go through a box of saltines every two weeks or so because they're sort of my 'turn to' food. I could always try going off of wheat for a week though, just in case. I'm willing to try anything.
As for reflux medications, yes I've tried Nexium as well as all of the over the counter reflux/heartburn pills. None work, so I was prescribed a high dose of protonics that help if I take them religiously. I am currently taking a dose of '80' daily. 40 in the morning 40 at night. This causes me to be very dizzy though, which I hate.
For a short time I was on Carafate (sp?) which was supposed to counteract some of the damage to my stomach lining by coating it before I ate, but it was insane to try balancing that with my Protonics (the neutralize each other. I can't eat without taking protonics, but I was nauseated and burning without the Carafate) and I began throwing it up for some unknown reason every time I took it, no matter if it was liquid or pill form. So I quit.
Currently my medications are limited to the protonics, water kefir (I've found it helps in the slightest amount), and a nonsteroidal antibiotic that has the affect of changing the motility of my bile SUPPOSIVELY, but I don't think it works and it makes me dizzy too.
Wallaby, Excedrine is one migraine medication that I can handle, and I take it a LOT. I take 1-2 daily for my daily headaches because I have them no matter what, all day every day, but most severely in the morning. They think I'm addicted to it now and have rebound headaches from it, but I can't function without it (crippling headaches). It, however, is also damaging my stomach lining, so its really a vicious cycle that I've gotten into. I took myself off of NSAIDS for a month last year to see if my stomach pain went away and the burning lessened, but nothing else changed.