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One of my babies had reflux. He cried like that, it was awful and miserable, and he wanted to nurse constantly because he thought it would make him feel better. It didn't, just made it worse because his tummy was overfull. Liquid tagament finally made it better (don't do Reglan, its a common and cheap drug that many doctors prescribe, but can cause Parkinson's like effects, and maybe even seizures.)
My DD, she was my first baby, she had colic. My story sounded much like yours. By the 3rd week I was housebound with a screaming baby, I thought I'd lose my mind. One day she screamed bloody murder for over an hour while we waited at the doctor's office. We tried Mylicon drops, some weird prescription drops, Tylenol (I was desperate), we tried changing outfits (at first wondering if something was pinching), oh my, we tried everything we could think of.
At one point I gently put her in her crib (that she never slept in), closed her bedroom door, and stood outside on the front porch step. At that moment I understood shaken baby syndrome. I hadn't eaten a real meal in days, hadn't showered, my family didn't even want to be there, so I was alone.
One day I woke up and everything was fine. She stopped crying, and smiled and cooed and laughed.
To this day (she just turned 10) she's been a little drama queen, but she's a really cool kid, and so totally amazing.
So, Momma, this too will pass. Some day this day will be a distant memory that you'll say "Thank God/Goddess/Creater/Whoever that I survived." And you will.
The few things that helped us were the swing, the front carrier, and nursing. You might try those things, and every other thing you can imagine (it's worth a shot, right?). Don't feel guilty for caring for yourself, though.
"Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?"~Mary Oliver
RT knitting mama to 3 (& 8 who didn't make it) wife working on 13 years to a silly man who drives me crazy.