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Help: scary relapse this weekend, fanting, rectal bleeding, nausea...

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Antares in NYC, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. Crux

    Crux Senior Member

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    Hi Antares;

    This Drugs.com link lists rectal bleeding as a possible GI side effect of NAC.
    http://www.drugs.com/sfx/nac-side-effects.html

    I've had bleeding problems from B12 deficiency, but not rectal.
    I surely hope you find the cause, it is very frightening.
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  2. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    Emergency Rooms are not allowed to turn away someone in need of treatment, but...even if you can't pay they will harass you indefinitely to try to get the money out of you. (Bill collectors at the door scenario).

    In fact, Emergency Rooms are the "go to" option for those will no insurance and no funds (and thus no doctor), but they don't make "I can't pay" a quick or pleasant experience and not paying will affect things like your credit rating.

    Hopefully the implementation of the new health care law will ease this situation.

    Ugh!

    Sushi
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  3. peggy-sue

    peggy-sue

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    "Hopefully the implementation of the new health care law will ease this situation."

    I do hope so, for all of you over there! :hug:
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  4. Antares in NYC

    Antares in NYC Senior Member

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    Thanks, Crux. I think the NAC contributed more to the drop in blod pressure. The severe bleeding started on Wednesday night, a good two days prior to taking NAC. I'm sure it contributed to some of the bleeding, but that started earlier.

    This whole intestinal bleeding business has been going on almost as long as I've had CFS, but it used to be less common. Now it happens every few months. For the record, this increase of bleeding episodes started this January, alongside an increase in brain fog and cognitive issues (as if I didn't already have massive problems with that!)

    I'm also B12 deficient, together with a number of other vitamin and mineral issues.
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    WillowJ Senior Member

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    Large amounts of GI bleeding is indeed an ER issue, but if you don't have good coverage hopefully your GI doc can suggest a workaround (I had a specialist who did that for me after we figured out they didn't know what to do with me in ER for this one problem I was having).

    On my Medicare Advantage plan it costs $65 to go to ER.

    They should give you IV fluid to help you recover. (Besides doing testing to check to see how bad the bleeding is and what's causing it.)

    I hope you feel better and figure it out.
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    WillowJ Senior Member

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    PS one can always search "low-cost doctor" plus their city name, to find free clinics and clinics with sliding fee scales based on income
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    roxie60 Senior Member

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    second attempt tp post :mad:. Now have new symp to add to the pile :mad::confused: , intestinal bleeding with stool, quite a bit, kinda scary. I have added Levothyroxine, Lityium Orotate and Adrenogen in the last month but the reasch so far I'm not seeing any strong indication of bleeding as a side affect. Anyone take these currently or in the past and had this problem?
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    Hope123 Senior Member

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    Anyone with blood in their stool should report it to their doc. And if it's enough to cause you to faint or feel like you're going to faint, make your chest hurt, or have problems breathing.........you need to go to the Emergency Room rather than waiting on hold for your doc! I have seen people die, quickly in some cases, from either throwing up blood or from rectal bleeding. Don't attribute it to the CFS.....because it's not a part of any criteria for ME/CFS.

    Blood in the stool can be anything from benign hemorrhoids to fatal colon cancer. Also a bunch of other conditions. For the original poster, if your GI docs have not done it, there are tests where they inject special substances into the blood stream and can track from where in your gut you are bleeding from. How well the test performs though depends on your rate of bleeding.
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/747036_8
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