I’ve never posted on anything like this in my life but I’m really scared, I feel stuck and I need some advice.
I’m from the U.S., and at the end of December I left for what was supposed to be a 3 month trip with my best friend. I first went to Thailand, and I was having some digestive issues and diarrhea which I assumed was normal since I was in a foreign place. I also had food poisoning that took me about 4 days to recover from on antibiotics. After that things went back to normal. We then went to Australia, and that’s when things got weird. When I was laying down one night trying to fall asleep I had an extremely sharp pain that went from my right side all the way to my back, it was so bad that it woke me up. I started to feel better and I fell back asleep. The right sided pains kinda continued for the nights after that, just when I was laying down at night and they weren’t as painful. Then there was a night where I was having pretty bad abdominal pain, and I felt off. I was up the entire night with severe pain and diarrhea and nausea. My friends mom was up all night with the same symptoms, as well as her cousin who was with us. I felt somewhat better the next morning although I kept having diarrhea all day. I assumed that it was the end of whatever it was. But the right sided pains continued for the days after whenever I was lying down. I have severe health anxiety which wasn’t helping anything. I made the decision to fly home a month early rather than spending 6 weeks in New Zealand. When I was in the airport about to fly back home, I was lying down and the right sided pains were occurring as well as pretty bad chills. A few hours later (this has been hard to explain to people) but it almost felt like something settled in my right side around the kidney area, and rather than being occasional sharp pains, it was kinda like a dull ache, almost as if there was a bubble there. It also became hard to pass gas, and my stools were kinda thin. It was either super soft or hard to pass. I took a 3 hour flight to Sydney, followed by a 13 hour flight to LA, then another 4 hour flight to NYC. It was the most terrible thing ever cause I didn’t know what was happening, I thought my appendix was going to burst on the plane. I had to have a doctor that was on board watching over me and checking my vitals every hour because I was so paranoid. As soon as I got off the plane in NYC, I went to the ER. They took blood tests and did a CT scan, ultrasound and a urinalysis. Everything came back normal except my urine which had some blood, bacteria and protein. I ended up being given flagyl for travelers diarrhea and Bactrim for a suspected UTI. They said that either the UTI could be causing the right sided pain or whatever bacteria was in my digestive system. They said whatever stomach bug I had a couple weeks earlier could be lingering. Someone also mentioned it could be a parasite. It’s been almost a week and yesterday, I thought I was starting to feel a little better. Although it was still hard to go to the bathroom and my stools were pretty thin. Also, when I tapped I the right side of my abdomen it sounded hollow, and the left side didn’t. Today, however, the ache in my right side has been pretty bad again. It hurts more when I’m gassy, which has been happening a lot lately. My stomach is constantly making noises. My stools have seemed to be more normal today though. I also keep feeling like I have to pee even though I just went. I’ve gone to so many doctors and ER’s and specialists, I am looking so hard for answers but they just keep telling me it’s probably nothing serious, and it probably has something to do with the fact that I’ve been traveling in foreign places. The pain makes it uncomfortable to walk and I’m so scared that I have something like colon cancer that I’ve just been sitting on my couch for days convincing myself I’m dying. I’m so frustrated and I feel like no ones taking me seriously!!! I really just want a colonoscopy but everyone keeps saying I’m too young for it to be cancer. I don’t know why I’m posting this I guess I’m looking for some kind of advice or reassurance. Honestly anything would help
this is so long I’m sorry