my 78 yr old mom diagnosed with RA 50+ years ago. 7 artificial joints, severely deformed hands, painful feet and ankles. About 3 years ago she began having recurrent episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. began taking cholestyramine, which did help with diarrhea. abdominal pain worsened; gall bladder removed in sept 2011. weight at that time was 138. continued to take cholestyramine; not as effective as before. appetite very poor. continued to have recurrent vomiting, sometimes food that had been in her stomach for hours with no change in appearance. sept 2012 weight down to 118. had a violent attack of vomiting bile, horrible diarrhea lasting for days, bright blood in her stool, excruciating pain. hospitalized, treated for pain, hydrated. began having "attacks" about every other week. hospitalized 5 more times. then attacks increased in frequency, but diarrhea wasn't as severe, so managed about a dozen at home with fentanyl patch and antinausea meds. weight down to 104. just spent week in hospital with GI specialist doing exhaustive testing. only finding was gastritis, bile present in stomach, barium moved very very slowly thru intestines. sed rate is 79. is this a common picture in late stage RA? Could it be inflamation of the blood vessels feeding digestive system? she has not seen a rheumatologist in 25 years. she is dying a slow and painful death from this.View Thread
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