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Ibs?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 4, 2007
  • 06:11 AM

I think that I might have irritable bowel syndrome, but I'm sort of having problems with the university student health system, and I think I would actually trust the diagnosis of strangers on an internet message board more.

For the past 8 or 10 years (almost half my life) I've been pretty prone to diarrhea. More recently, I got pretty sensitive to Immodium and other anti-diarrheal medication, so when I took it, I wouldn't be able to go again for over a week.

Then, starting last fall, things got a lot worse. Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and gas happen a lot. For two days in December I completely lost my appetite. For the past three days I have been passing gas pretty much nonstop, and it smells really bad so I'm trying to stay at home because it's embarassing. For a week last fall I was pooping close to ten times a day, up to five times in the two hours between waking up and leaving for class. This is definitely getting in the way of school, too - I am late to class about once a week.

I don't have a bad diet, and I exercise (not as much as I should, but way more than the average American). I smoked for a few years, but I quit about a month and a half ago and think I am going to stick with it. There are days when I drink a lot of milk and am fine for 48 hours afterward, so I don't think I'm lactose intolerant or anything. I did have bloodwork done to test my thyroid funciton, and everything was normal. What should I do? My doctor didn't even suggest any dietary or lifestyle changes to try, so anything would be helpful.

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  • Hey Young One!YOU MUST GO SEE a "GASTROENTEROLOGIST" do not rely on your student health care system. Please talk to your doctor and ask him to send you to the specialist above. This is very serious and you need to take care of your body and then your mind. They will be able to help you out!!Let us know how you make out.. Best Wishes for a speedy recovery!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 03:40 PM
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  • Have you ever had your gallbladder out???? I've had mine out and get the runs alot and it's straight from the liver.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 10:52 PM
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  • Nope, still have the gallbladder. I was fine yesterday and most of today, but an hour ago I started getting really bad pains in my lower abdomen (just below belly button) and I swelled up a lot - the jeans that were too baggy to wear without a belt this morning are now almost hard to button. It's pain that sort of feels like I'm going to have really bad diarrhea, but nothing is coming out except a little gas and mucus.What timeframe should I look at for foods that might have brought it on? I had coffee (with a little milk and Splenda), oatmeal, and a banana for breakfast (10 hours before) and a turkey and cheese bagel, organic strawberry yogurt, and a Rice Krispies treat for lunch (5 hours before) and an apple just a few hours ago.I'm going to make an appointment to go back to the doctor and get more test results tomorrow, and if she's not any help I'm going somewhere else.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 01:09 AM
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  • I feel really bad for you I was in your place starting ten years ago and I am still there now. My doctors tried to tell me that it was stress and my nerves and I told them it couldn't be. I lost alot of weight and finally after about 5 miss dignosis I was found to have crohn's disease. I only had symptoms of running to the washroom at first but then pain start along with feeling sick, bloating, musus in my stool and weight loss, weakness and feeling tired all the time. I had surgery once already to remove a piece of intestine. But 2 months after it started back up again. I have a full time job and I am a thirty year old mother of 3 and I know how much it really affects my life. I only eat once a day when I get home from work and I haven't ate in a restaurant or even at family gatherings for the fear of having to run to the restroom.If I want to go out at night to a movie or concert or whatever I have gone over 48 hrs without eating just to enjoy myself. I go through days with being ok and then I can have one thing and have a day of ***l! I feel for you if you have any questions or just want someone to vent to let me know I'll check back to see!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 03:04 AM
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  • It looks like you have IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome is usually diagnosed by its symptoms and by the absence of other diseases. Because the symptoms of IBS occur with so many diseases, a list of conditions must be ruled out before IBS can be diagnosed. If you have IBS, the results of all these tests are likely to be normal.
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  • I tried not eating gluten and it completely worked. I'm free from abdominal pain. If I do ever get uncomortable, I look back at what I ate within the past hour, and there's gluten in the ingredients list of a food I had assumed was okay like mentos. Thank you so much.I haven't been to a gastroenterologist yet, because all the sites I visited said in order to get a diagnosis, you have to eat gluten for a few days to get antibodies in your blood or something, and I'm at school and can't afford to get that sick for a couple days. Is it really necessary to visit one now that I know what's wrong? My faith in doctors right now is sort of shaken by the fact that I told the doctor specifically that beer and pizza made me feel worse and she scoffed at me. A stranger on the internet gave me better advice with less information than a doctor. And there seem to be lots of online communities for celiacs.
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