It starts with sulfur burps, then becomes vomiting and diarrhea… What is happening to me?
It started in January and has happened one day every month since. It starts out that I burp and it is an awful sulfur/rotten egg smell. Within 3 hours, I start vomiting and have diarrhea. The vomiting is violent and comes about every 30 minutes. The diarrhea is uncontrollable and comes about every 15 minutes. This goes on for about 6-8 hours. I have been to see a doctor and have even been taken to the emergency room and had shots of promethazine. This is not lactose intolerance, giardiasis or pylori. It doesn’t follow any pattern of food or activity but comes almost exactly 2 weeks after menses everytime. I have seen people with similar symptoms but doctors have ruled out all the diagnosis I have heard so far. Anyone out there have any idea? I take several medications for type 2 diabetes and fibromyalgia but have taken them for many years. I used to get cortisone shots in my back but have not since last year.
Answer by Kris L
Keep a very close diary of what you are eating … I get the same thing if I eat any ‘brown and serve rolls’ because the yeast ‘ferments’ in a way I cannot digest. I get the same thing if I eat ‘Pringle’s Chips’ but not other potato chips because the Pringles are made from basically mashed potatoes. It may take two or three times, but you will be able to see that it is one or two things that you are basically ‘allergic’ to eating that are causing this problem … stop eating them and the problem will stop, too. Be patient, but you should know within three months most of the foods that ‘set you off’ IF you keep a good close food diary until you find out what they are.
Answer by nickipettis
if it is almost always 2 weeks after menses, it sounds like it is when you are ovulating.
your ob/gyn might be able to track it and solve the mystery better.
(stress triggers the same symptoms for me)
Answer by shawtylovebiotch
i hope your felling ok now
you could have some type of food poising maybe
or something more surver i hope not
i hope you feel better
and pplz see a doctor
Answer by Whaaa…
Long shot here but you sound like I used to. I was sick the same way for YEARS while doctors said I had Fibromyalgia, MS, Lupus, Scleroderma and basically wrote me off to die. After I had a stroke I ran across a young doctor that took a look at some old scarring on my arms from a rash and asked me if I ever had stomach problems. My reply was Duhhhh every other week. He told me to stop eating gluten as just by a long shot- even though I had been tested for it- that I might have Celiacs Disease. I stopped eating wheat/ gluten products and within days I was better. It has now been 8 months and I haven’t had diarrhea, gas, etc and I am no longer in ANY pain. Look this up and see if any of it sounds like you. I hope you feel better soon.
Answer by MARSHA
I, too, have experienced this without diagnosis but there are some similarities between what you describe and my own experiences. I am a Type 1 Diabetic of 23 years and currently pregnant. I have this intermittantly with gas that also smells of sulfur. Do some research on gastroparesis as what I have researched so far gives a possible explanation beyond the other diagnoses that I, too, have looked into. Gastroparesis can be affected by fluctuating hormones during pregnancy and it wouldn’t be a far stretch that it would be affected by one’s menstrual cycle either. I had my last attack 2 days ago and noted that I have been eating a high fiber diet consisting of fruits and veggies that did not digest as expected.
Signs and symptoms of gastroparesis are
pain in the upper abdomen
vomiting of undigested food—sometimes several hours after a meal
early feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food
weight loss due to poor absorption of nutrients or low calorie intake
high and low blood glucose levels
lack of appetite
spasms in the stomach area
Eating solid foods, high-fiber foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, fatty foods, or drinks high in fat or carbonation may contribute to these symptoms.
Check out this website and talk to your endocrinologist about testing for gastroparesis.
diarrhea vomiting:It starts with sulfur burps, then becomes vomiting and diarrhea… What is happening to me?