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I'm in the hospital again, and with all this time I figured I'd write a post letting everyone know how I'm doing. This is a long long post, detailing my shitty luck over the last year.. I decided to post this here since I have a bunch of friends on MTBR. If you get bored easily don't read past here.

In the last year a whole bunch of crap has happened to me medically.

First, I caught Giardia, a parasite, sometime at the beginning of last summer. Besides giving me diarrhea and the worst gas possibly imaginable, left me 30 lbs lighter and with Bob's clever moniker "DankyAss"

Then in September I wound up in the hospital dry heaving with what they found to be an intussusception in my small intestine, something extremely rare for a 27 year old and also something that is hard to find the cause of. After months of testing and visiting my GI, a pill endoscopy (a camera that you swallow like a pill) helped to conclude that I was suffering from Crohn's disease in my small intestine. The intussusception ended up being a side effect that occurred during a flareup of Crohn's and is something that I have now experience 4 times since that first even in September.

Now that I have finally been learning my diet and had my illness treated with medication, these flareups are occurring less regularly. This is a huge relief as I don't have to worry every time I eat whether or not I will be in so much pain I will need to go to a hospital.

On to Monday , president's day, I was getting in a ride with my friend Jim and Ronny on national and was in a rush to work afterwards. I jumped in the shower and that's when the pain in my chest started. It was just a slight pressure like someone was sitting on it. Not a stabbing feeling or a pain I couldn't deal with, but very annoying nonetheless. I went ahead on to work as I assumed the discomfort would eventually pass. An hour into work it had not passed and I was beginning to get anxious so I asked to leave work to go to urgent care. At urgent care they took an EKG and said that everything looked normal, but because of the pain I was describing they would have to take me by ambulance to the hospital.

After a battery of tests, they pretty much had decided that whatever this chest pain was was more than likely a complication of crohn's and they would keep me over night for observation. However, the blood tests that came over night showed elevated heart enzyme levels, thus alerting the cardiologist to my condition.

Anyways, yesterday they went into to do an Angiogram to rule out heart issues, as someone my age and risk factors shouldn't be having a heart attack. Almost immediately in my main artery the cardiologist noticed something wrong, the blood wasn't flowing properly. He tried to suck out the area that was not moving to see if he could remove some clotted blood or anything impeding the artery, but was unable to.

So, he now thinks it is a flap of tissue from the inside of the artery that is causing the blood to flow slowly through that area. Unfortunately he doesn't know for sure, but will know better tomorrow when they go in to do an Angiogram again, but this time will take a camera up through the artery to get a first hand look at the effected area.

The cardiologist really believes that he can fix what is wrong, and that hopefully tomorrow he will rectify this flap of skin in my artery. I am on blood thinners now,as he is hoping that is all it will take to fix it, however he is prepared to put a stint into my artery where the flap is occurring.

I asked him when I should be good to ride again and he says I should be good to go right away. Obviously he hasn't fixed anything yet but I really hope this is true as I would hate to lose by far my biggest passion (mountain biking).

If you guys haven't heard of seen much of me on the mountain lately this is probably why. In the meantime, keep ripping Mtbr AZ!
 

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Wow. Way to be a trooper.

A friend from way back suffered with Crohn's disease. As his closest friend at the time, and roommate, I spent many a long night in the hospital waiting for and on him. He eventually found his way through that disease through self-managed care. I hope you are able to do the same. Sounds like it.

The heart thing, wow, glad you went in.

Heal quickly.
 

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Sorry to hear about your troubles, sounds like you will be back on two wheels soon. Have the battle is waiting for them to identify what is ailing you in the first place. Get well soon!
 

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I'm really sorry to hear about all the medical issues your going through Danky.

I'm glad to hear you didn't stick it out at work and went in to get it checked out. Sounds like the doc is on top of it to get your heart situation straightened out, I just wish modern medicine can help you out more with the Crohn's disease.

Do your best to keep positive and take care man. All the best with your recovery.
 

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thats nothing... 8 yrs ago after moving to phoenix 2 yr prior, at 27 I started to have some strange digestive problems. I would get a huge pain in my stomach that would lead to nausea and then to vomitting that could last 2-3 days before I went the hospital. In the 8 yrs I have been to 3 different specilists including a 3 yr work up at mayo. The best they can say is that it is similar to chrones and there is some irritation in my intestines(through the encapsulated endoscopy too) but that it was not chrones. I hve been scoped now top-bottom 3 times, done an exploratorive lapriscopic surgury and they pulled out my gall bladder and appendix to fix it but it got worse. They were actually afraid to label it and get it wrong so they never did find a name for it. Each year this has got worse and worse until today I am normally sick for some portion of the day, never know when or for how long, or how bad so I have now moved back to the midwest so my family can help and declaired disability. All the specialists gave up and said that they can't figure everything out and that I will need to learn to live with it..... Its strange when it started as I was in the best shape of my life completing my 2nd year in the mbaa x-country series. We have been wondering ever since if the proximity of my house(100 yds) from the gilbert rodeo grounds, which the epa just shut down to clean up run-off problems from the former landfill that was there. You would think they would disclose former landfills when they are that close but..... The only other option is the years I worked in the fab at intel as we were exposed to some strange chemical smells and RF, but of course they tell me that could not be the issue.

I hope yours does not get progressivly worse like mine did as it has now taken over my life. I am 45 lbs (%20) lighter then I was when it started, I have given ALL of my favorite food/drinks, eat healthier then anyone I know and rarely get out of the house now but I have still been hospitalized monthly for 3-4 days for this. The dr's in phoenix all suck and will take a cheap cop out when they can like call you a drug addict and refuse service. I hope you do not have the same experience with the medical community like I did as it turned me from an optimist whos motto use to be if you do not like something change it, to a pessamist who thinks that if you do not get your expectations up that you are not as dissappointed...................

dr's and hospitals and insurance companies suck worse then lawyers in my world. Oh and applying for disability sucks as well. As if it is not bad enough that I had to leave a great career and life to look forward to this future, but then to get teh gov to see it just sucks worse then dr's and hospitals.
 

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DC, that really sucks and here I was going online to boast about how after two and a half weeks I am back on the bike from torn calf muscles. I hope they can find a remedy and get you well once and for all. Good healing vibes to ya!
 

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I also had an Angiogram earlier this year…just for fun.

Apart from the groin shave that I received from a young nurse, and the fact that she was quite attractive, neither of which have anything to do with anything (except somehow add fuel to my fantasy that she didn’t actually work at the hospital, just happened to walk by my room and see me laying there…) this procedure was relatively uneventful for me. But the shave was exciting. It was kind of like a lower Mohawk. I have been trying to keep it up over the past few months but my interest is waning.

I inherited a few bad genes from my parents, which has little to do with the bad jeans they bought me from Fed-Mart. Fact is, I’m replacing body parts as quickly as Titusbro updates his drivetrain during a closeout sale at Jenson.

Sounds like you are proactive in your approach. That is a good thing. A goal of hitting the trails again soon can’t be bad either. Keep hitting MTBR. We will provide adequate nonsense to pass the time.

Good luck in your recovery.

-SS
 
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